When we were living in France my husband and I did various alterations and decorations to my in-laws house. We did a lot of painting, ripping up of carpet, laying new flooring and adding skirting boards. It was a lot of fun and we definitely improved our DIY skills. One of the things I most enjoyed decorating was an electricity board cover, (exciting right!) After some work had been done to the house the electricity box had been contained in a new plain wood box on the wall and after we had painted the walls it looked a bit bare.
My mother-in-law liked the idea of it having a newspaper background and we had plenty of newspapers in the house for making fires in the winter. We found some vintage style postcards from a Champagne producer in a drawer in the house and thought they would be perfect displayed on it. There were only a few but after searching for vintage french posters on Amazon I found some beautiful ones that fitted in.
I used all purpose wallpaper paste to glue the newspaper in place, it was like a huge papier mâché
and then once dried the posters and postcards were glued on top. It took a quite few days to do and I kept coming back to it with another pile of newspaper cuttings to glued on and being surprised at how little they covered! While not the quickest way to decorate a plain box or wardrobe that you might have, I think it definitely adds a lovely vintage French feel to the room.