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37 Ways To Disguise The Ugliest Parts Of Your Home

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5. Upgrade a plain light-switch cover with Mod Podge and a copy of a page from your favorite book.

Be reminded daily of a favorite book passage with instructions at small + friendly.

Get a 16-oz bottle of Mod Podge from Amazon for $7.47.

6. Freshen up a printed upholstered chair with paint and fabric medium.

Avoid a Pinterest fail by breaking the paint-to-fabric medium ratio rules. Find out the genius secret at In My Own Style.

Get Diane's fabric medium of choice from Amazon for $9.15.


8. Mount a surge protector and coil up cords on hooks underneath a desk to fight visual cord clutter.

Read up on the deets for this clever concealment at Andrea Dekker.

Get them from Amazon for $9.18 (pair of 6-outlet surge-protector power strips), $7.05 (50-pack of small metal hooks).

11. And transfer laundry cleaning products to pretty storage containers for a streamlined, minimalist-pleasing look.

Julie Blanner

Steal more clever organizing ideas for laundry rooms at Julie Blanner.

Get them from Amazon for $23.38 (4-set of large glass canisters), $6.80 (6-pack of cobalt-blue 1-oz eyedropper bottles).


17. Camouflage a smelly septic vent in the garden with a birdbath.

The plastic cover-up includes a replaceable carbon filter to control orders.

Get it from Amazon for $199.95. Available in faux finishes granite (shown), sandstone, and terra cotta.


21. Overhaul a dated fireplace with spray paint in just one day.

Learn the secrets behind this rapid-fire project at East Coast Creative.

Get what you need from Amazon for $7.33 (surround-masking black spray paint), $6.72 (painter's tape that'll stick to brick).


29. Block a utility panel from view with a pallet-ish cover that won't get you in hot water with your utility company.

Check your local utility company's requirements about reading the meter before you tackle this project. (Tasha's meter can be read through the panels and the cover-up is easily removed.) Get her building directions at Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

30. Give an old appliance a sleek stainless-steel look without forking over a ton of cash by covering it in contact paper.

See how to revamp a black dishwasher at Julie Blanner.

Get a roll of stainless steel–look contact paper from Amazon for $6.72.

32. Find a happy medium between a pedestal sink and vanity by fitting a specially designed cabinet around the sink base.

It's cheaper (and way easier) than starting from sink scratch.

Get it from Improvements for $149.99. Available in walnut (shown), cream, and white.

37. Mask dated shower doors by hanging curtains.

Nope, you can't use regular shower curtains. Invest in two long regular curtains (about 84") to fully mask the doors. See how to get the right effect at Maria Killam.

Get them from Amazon. $7.19 (decorative shower rod), $21.03 (pair of 54" x 84" gray curtains).

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