Electrical panels, thermostats, big switch plates—they're household necessities, but that doesn't mean you need to look at them 24/7. Sliding display panels keep them accessible but under wraps. Make them with two-track hardware and wheels (available at Stanley Hardware
), as shown, or use a sliding-door kit instead. The How-To:
1. Pick up a kit with bypass tracks that are wall-mountable (also called "face-fixed"). Install the tracks above and below the area you wish to cover.
2. Cut two equal pieces of panel board to size. Coat one with chalkboard paint; cover the other with self-stick corkboard.
3. Use the door hardware to affix one panel to each track so that they can slide behind each other.Reminder:
Be sure you can slide the panels out of the way to access what's behind them.