I’m not a city girl. I grew up on an Indiana farm in the middle of trees and cornfields so far off the county road you couldn’t even see it. Growing up, we never locked our front door – there was no need. I always felt safe and secure tucked back far from “town” (town being a bustling metropolis of less than 1,500 people).
Now that I live in a metro area of almost 7 million people, I feel a little less safe. Okay, maybe that’s an understatement. I feel a lot less safe. We live in a great neighborhood, but even so, we’ve had our cars broken into and bikes stolen out of our garage. That’s why we opted to get a security system last year. It was a DIY system (of course) that we installed and set up ourselves, then is monitored by a company we subscribe to (Kevin’s planning on a Handyman Wednesday on it soon). It works great and has a handy key pad for arming and disarming the system that we keep by the front door. When we installed it, we set it on our bench with intentions of hanging it above our mail slot the next day. Fast forward to last weekend.
The control panel was still sitting exactly where it had been since we hooked it up. Since we were trying to finish some smaller projects before starting the bathroom, we got out the drill and some anchors to hang that baby up over our mail slot (Rosie was trying to get her leash out of the box where we keep them).
We used simple anchors to hang the control panel. You simply drill a pilot hole with the provided drill bit, pinch the anchor, push it into the hole, then put in your screw. We used these same anchors (in a heavier size) to hang our floating bar shelves and love them.
I’ve still got to tack the cord in alongside the mail slot, but the control panel is doing great in it’s new home. An added benefit is that Fievel can’t step on the unit in the middle of the night and set off the alarm (it’s happened).
This little corner isn’t quite finished. We still want to build a cubby hook shelf thing similar to this one from Target – it’ll just have to wait until after the bathroom.
Have you tackled any simple projects lately? Any you’ve been putting off (for years, like us)? Don’t you think we should paint the back of our front door navy? Me too!