I’ve wanted to tackle this DIY project to hide our ugly water heater for a couple of years now. But, because of countless roadblocks, we postponed the project. I’m so happy that my hubby pushed me to finish it! I’m so pleased with the results and I wanted to share with you what we did and why we had to hide our water heater.
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Why We Had to Hide Our Water Heater
So, we have a small home in a rural community and we love it. It’s not staying very rural, lots of changes are happening in our community. Lucky for us, we have a beautiful country around us for now. If that ever changes too much, we may consider moving. For now, we enjoy it and we’ve made some changes to accommodate our growing family.
Our small home was built in the ’50s at 1200 square feet. We’ve been slowly remodeling since we married in 2002. We’d been just fine in the house with the four of us. 2 bedrooms, one bathroom. But, it wasn’t going to last for long. The kids needed their own space. Boy and girl problems, ya know. In 2012, we had the opportunity to build an extra 700 square feet. It’s been great for us! We’re finding it’s still not quite enough room, but, it’s not like we can keep adding on to the house forever. Besides, we don’t know what the future holds for the community.
With the addition, we were able to move the water heater from the garage to the house. (Yes, yes, the water heater was in the garage…on the outside wall…imagine our gas bill for just a moment). Look at this picture of when we were doing the addition! Isn’t that hilarious? There’s the water heater hanging out where the garage was. Where the water heater is, the outside wall of the garage once was. Anyways, we don’t have a basement, nor a utility closet in our house. So, the next best place for the water heater was our laundry room. I don’t love it being in there, but there’s not much I can do about it. I spend a lot of time there, and I don’t want to look at the ugly water heater. No, thank you. My solution was to search Pinterest for options to cover up the water heater…search results came out none. So, I decided to get creative and come up with a solution.
Use Shutter Doors to Hide Your Water Heater
I knew that I wanted to cover the water heater with something that was still breathable. It’s important for a water heater to have enough ventilation. I found a community member who was selling a set of closet shutter doors. It was perfect! I knew it was going to take some work to get these babies in shape, but I wanted to take on the project. These shutter doors only cost me $20 total! It was just a matter of elbow grease and spray paint.
I know getting old shutter doors isn’t very easy. Every time I check eBay, they have some used or new ones available. Here’s a link to some that I found, if they’re not available when you click on this, search “bifold closet doors” right there on eBay and you should be able to find something. You can also find some shutter doors pretty easily at The Home Depot or you can also have some shipped to your house through Amazon here.
In my opinion, spray paint is the way to go when you need to paint something. It covers it much more evenly. Unless you want brush strokes, I say spray paint when you can! I love this spray paint. It has both the primer and the paint in it, so it covers better without me having to do a second coat.
So, after cleaning, sanding, spray painting and distressing, my shutter doors were ready to hide the water heater. It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do. I wanted to keep a bit of antique charm, so I didn’t fix all the flaws.
And you must have a hand sander when doing distressing like this. It’s faster and much less work and I had the doors distressed in a matter of a few minutes. We have this one and it is perfect for my smaller hands.
Before and After
What do you think? I’d love to know what you think about our project! Let me know in the comments below and please share this post with others!