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    35 Ways To Hide The Ugliest Stuff In Your Home

    Ugly things are essential, but that doesn't mean you want to look at them.

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    1. Pour a half-filled bottle of ~budget~ liquor that's been bringing down your bar cart into a snazzy decanter so guests won't know you get your booze at Costco.

    No shame in Costco liquor runs! It's just that decanters make every liquid look way fancier.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (also available in "Hooch").

    2. Stick on some carriage-style magnets to distract from a lackluster garage door or other unsightly exterior details you can't fix right now.,

    These are dead ringers for the hardware on my parents' *actual* carriage-style garage doors.

    Promising review: "Look real and the magnets are very strong. They are made of plastic but look like the real thing. The handles stick out and gives a 3D effect." —BC Ben

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99.

    3. Paint over a gross-looking surface with garage floor paint for a clean visual slate in a space you use every day.

    Read the full tutorial on Clean & Scentsible here.

    Get a gallon of concrete and garage floor paint from Amazon for $32.98 (two colors).

    4. Recover ugly throw pillows with cute shams that'll cost less than a horde of brand-new cushions would.

    Also, if you can't find an exact measurement match for your throw pillows, you can go down a couple of inches: The pillows will just look overstuffed, like you spent a couple hundos on them.

    Get the five-pack from Amazon for $33.99.

    5. Hide a hideous buzzer or interior fuse box with a ~trendy~ macrame hanging you can easily move when you need quick access.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (two sizes).

    6. Mask the horror show underneath your bed with a sharp bed skirt to coordinate with your bedding.

    Even the minimalists should get on board with this. Just go for one with clean lines like this one! I went a few years without one and then was floored by the difference it made in hiding all the stuff I shove under my bed.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (four colors, sizes twin–king).

    7. Get the look of fresh appliances thanks to stainless steel–effect contact paper for chump change.

    And when you move or change your mind, you can easily remove or reposition it!

    Promising review: "Amazing job at updating my wall oven. I searched for months trying to see what would be an alternative replacement to my dated wall oven (25 years old). The thing is, my old oven has always worked very well, so I couldn't really justify paying $2,000 to replace my working double wall oven only because of cosmetic reasons. Then it dawned on me that maybe if I updated the oven with this metal covering it would look like real stainless steel. So for literally the cost of $10 I updated my oven. The update is virtually unnoticeable unless you tell someone, and what's the best thing of all, it leaves no fingerprints. Best $10 I ever spent." —B. Lenj

    Get an 18"x6' roll from Amazon for $10.97.

    8. Ditch the soggy $2 branded hand soap pump you've been refilling for months for a foaming dispenser to bring some sleek uniformity to your sink.

    Psst you can transform the plain liquid soap in that old refill jug into foam soap by combining 1 part liquid soap with 5 parts water!

    Promising review: "These are nice looking and heavy feeling glass, and they came well packaged. Two and a half tablespoons of castile soap, top it off with water, shake it up a bit, and you're good to go! I also added a teaspoon of olive oil as I've read that it helps moisturize your hands and also keeps the foaming pump working longer." —Amazon Customer

    Get two from Amazon for $14.99 (three finish combos).

    9. Darken light wood pieces or restore beat-up furniture with some Old English scratch cover for a dramatic makeover.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing. I actually used this as wood stain for some plain light wood objects I had that I wanted to be darker. I stained some stools and a wood plank that I wanted to use to hang Mason jars for a spice garden. It made both the stools and the plank much fancier and expensive looking. Very pleased with my purchase. Be careful to not get it on your clothes. It's very liquid-y. I ordered two bottles but a little bit of this stuff goes a long way." —Tyler Goff

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    10. Cover a gross patio or porch surface — or keep a high-traffic area from getting that way — with a pretty indoor/outdoor rug that'll look like it's there *strictly* for design purposes!,

    Promising review: "I would recommend this to anyone who needs a durable and colorful addition to their living space. Everyone is surprised when I tell them it is plastic, because it looks like it is made of natural fiber. The colors are very bright, and the design is great. I needed a large rug that was waterproof, and that wouldn't trap debris as it is on my front porch. It is easy to sweep, and a really nice piece of design to add to my porch. Great purchase!" —Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $48.55+ (four colors, three sizes).

    11. And conceal unsightly indoor spots with a standout print rug to give the neglected area some deserved attention.

    Promising review: "Purchased this for a nursery (space theme!) and found the color and print to be very true to the photos. Absolutely love it! It's also extremely soft (good for a baby to play on) and seems to be very well made. Also came one week earlier than shipping originally estimated. Extremely pleased with this rug!" —Kat D.

    Get it from Amazon for $37.16+ (four prints, many sizes).

    12. Obscure a less-than-stellar view with prism-like window film as a privacy solution that'll be *so* easy to apply.

    I have this stuff to shield my NYC neighbors' view and LOVE it.

    Promising review: "My kitchen window is on the sidewalk near the community mailboxes. Lots of people walking by. I loathe mini blinds which collect dust and grease. Especially since the stove is next to the window. Curtains are better, but still collect cooking smells and grease particles. I installed this in about ten minutes. It lets in light, but hides me from nosy people." —Gayle Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98+ (four roll sizes).

    13. Stash fragrant discards in a slide-out trash can you can easily install in a lower kitchen cabinet yourself!

    The 20 qt. container comes with mounting hardware.

    Promising review: "I can't believe what a positive difference installing two of these products has made in my kitchen! I have a small home with limited cupboard space, but these really helped me maximize my under-the-sink storage area. I was able to fit two of these under an extremely cramped sink, and now I have two trash receptacles that are both hidden, yet really easy to access and remove. I tried another similar product (that I had to return) but this one really fits in tight areas, where the other competitor just could not. It is very well-made and seems like it'll last a long time. The bins are very slender and the clean, bright white is modern and simple." —SuzanneDel

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

    14. Swap an lopsided wood pile for a handsome log store to let those fire feeders breathe just as well.

    Get the full tutorial on Little House on the Corner here.

    15. Disguise an unsightly litter box or pet bed with this side table perfect for nearly any room in the house.

    Promising review: "I found it easy to assemble, with clear instructions and sturdy construction. I was additionally pleased with the access door, which allows for extremely easy cleaning of the cat box. Based on previous reviews, I lined the inside with a flexible plastic sheet to prevent any 'mistakes' from seeping into the bottom or seams. The metal towel rod is sturdy and you can put it on either side. I left the door open for the first few days until my cat got used to it, but she had no problem with the smaller entrance once the door was closed. I use an open litter pan, but again, I've taken the time to line the interior with plastic." —Kelly Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $56.94+ (four finishes).

    16. Outfit your dog's abode like a throne room with a toile dog crate cover that'll remind you of a pattern you saw at Versailles that one time because to you, your dog is The Sun King and deserves your upmost admiration.

    Promising review: "I have two new golden doodle puppies that have invaded the space of my 7-year-old golden doodle (or so he thinks). We bought new crates, but they looked cold and uncomfortable, besides the fact that Scarlett and Steeler cried every time they had to go to bed. After we added the lovely canopy and matching bed, both pups went in their crates of their own volition. (Now they have some place to go to hide from their older brother, and believe me, they take advantage of it!) Any bed that receives my dogs approval gets two thumbs up from me! Besides the fact that they are so lovely, I don't mind having them downstairs where we entertain our human guests, as well as other canine friends!" —LovesGoldendoodles

    Get it from Jet for $110.29+ or Frontgate for $129+ (three sizes).

    17. Turn a brick garage into a farmhouse-chic design moment with the transformative power of good, old-fashioned primer for a clean slate that'll POP.

    Get the full instructions from Hawthorne and Main here.

    Get a qt. of KILZ primer from Amazon for $6.94.

    18. Attach a roll of faux ivy to ugly wire fencing or railing with a view you don't love.,

    Promising review: "This is the second privacy screen I've purchased from Amazon. I have an area in my garden visible from the street. The screen hides all my gardening stuff (i.e. wheelbarrow, buckets, etc.). It truly looks like the real deal!!!" —soooz

    Get a 94" X 39" roll from Amazon for $29.94.

    19. Corral "drop zone" stuff like mail, keys, and reusable grocery bags onto this tidy wall shelf instead of dumping them on your kitchen counter.

    Promising review: "I've had this shelf for quite a while now, and I have to say this was a great investment. The quality of this product is top-class, from a beautiful design to the strength of the build to the practicality of the features. This is exactly what I needed for my home and helps keep my keys organized and my bills and envelopes ready to mail." —Ryan W.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.27+ (two finishes).

    20. Spruce up an obviously aged tub that would cost mega bucks to replace with a tub and tile refinishing kit to help bide the time, cash 'til your next remodel.

    Promising review: "This was a much bigger job than I thought it would be. All I can say is do your prep work, don’t skip any steps either. The outcome was great, but what a job!" —Isaac Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $25.97+ (three finishes).

    21. Empty your discards in this sleek composting bin you won't mind keeping on your kitchen countertop.

    Promising review: "I love this. I'm buying two more to put in my cabinet in case this thing breaks. I want to have this for the next 30 years! It's the very best compost bin I've ever had. Opens with one hand, easy to empty, easy to clean, sturdy, looks nice on my counter. A perfect product." —Fly By Night

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (two colors).

    22. Revamp carpeted stairs with a retread system to ~elevate~ your most-used transitional space.

    Get the full instructions on Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body here.

    Find more info and pricing from NuStair.

    23. Streamline a tangle of wires inside a power cord box that'll blend in with the scenery.

    Promising review: "I keep ordering these, because they work and I literally forget they are in the house. I hide all my various plugs and power strips and keep it all neat and tidy. I use them under my desks, so I have never used the 'phone mount' feature, so I have no idea how practical it is. If you want to organize your rat's nest of cords and power strips, get this bad boy!" —Owen L.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (two colors).

    24. Loft unsightly essentials cluttering up your garage or storage areas with sturdy ceiling-mount shelves so they'll be accessible, but out of your eye line.,

    Promising review: "This is my second Hyloft storage product. I actually am using them in my two outdoor sheds so I can take advantage of the unused upper portion. They come partially assembled and are fairly easy to install. I chose not to use the large lag screws that came with it and chose to use a heavy-duty shorter wood screw. Because the rafters in the shed are only 2x4s and I wasn't putting anything too heavy on lift, that was an option. It is made so well and can be basically adjusted to any angle you have. As seen in photos I even hung some yard equipment from loft. It can handle a bit of weight but be sure to follow their directions if you will be loading it up." —justine fazzini

    Get it from Amazon for $36.75+ (two finishes, four sizes).

    25. Stay tidy outdoors with this decorative trash can to conceal garbage and coordinate with your patio furniture.

    Promising review: "Really glad we got this outdoor trash can. I finally convinced my husband to get rid of his ugly decaying, old barrel and replace it with this beautiful but subtle square frame into which I inserted a very old squarish plastic tall indoor trash can with a garbage bag inside it. You could just stick a big garbage bag into it but it may be hard to remove. I love how this thing just blends in with our siding and doesn't scream 'GARBAGE CAN!'" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.69.

    26. Refinish dated metal accents with metal-look spray paint for a fresh, new look.,

    Promising review: "Best looking metal spray paint I have seen. It took me 90 minutes to prepare, mask, and paint my bathroom faucet. I used about 1/2 a can of this paint." —OC-Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.48+ (variety of colors).

    27. Clear a countertop of hair tool cords with an under-cabinet organizer so warm tools can safely cool down.

    Promising review: "Very handy item. Helped clear off counterspace and hide the clutter! My son and daughter share a small bathroom. The complaint was always HER hair items left on the counter taking up the space. Not anymore. Even a hot flat iron or curling iron can be put away to free up space and cut down on the complaints I have to hear! Worth every penny!!" —Julie Grant

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90+ (seven styles).

    28. Put a countertop refinishing kit to work by creating a granite-look upgrade in the heart of your home.,

    Kit has a three-step paint process that goes right over your old laminate, cultured marble, and ceramic tile countertops. Has automotive-grade durability and made of safe water-based materials. Each kit covers typical kitchen of 35 sq. ft. or 16 running ft. of standard 2 ft. wide countertop.

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier. This stuff is easy to work with. The finished product is unbelievably beautiful. My neighbor thought we had new counters installed. If you take your time and follow the directions without trying to create shortcuts, you will be pleased with the results. My best advice is take your time and use a good brand of painters tape and tape everything. There is a black piece of cardboard to practice on. I would also advise doing this to get comfortable with the process. Watch the DVD." —SC

    Get it from Amazon for $79.93+ (four finishes).

    29. Shield a utility box or something else you need easy access to with a bamboo screen for a ~tropical~ disguise.

    Promising review: "We needed an enclosure to hide our recycling bins when one of our neighbors reported us for having our three trash/recycling/compost bins outside and visible from the street, which violates a San Francisco ordinance. The side panels are easy to swing in and out to put the bins in and take them out. Whatever you use this screen for, it is very pretty, and I have gotten a lot of compliments. At 60 pounds I had a friend help me set it up, but the side panels, which are the only ones I move, are very lightweight." —Paula R.

    Get it from Amazon for $135.14.

    30. Rid your furniture of obvious damage with a water stain–erasing cloth as an easier option than a new coat of finish.

    Promising review: "Worked pretty well for my cabinets. Had a hot water stain that came right out. The cloth is oily and leaves the wood a little shiny. Wear gloves. Did not work on a hot steam stain, but didn't think it would." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    31. Or dress up that water stain that won't quit with a charming burlap table runner because people will just assume that you're always ready to entertain.

    Promising review: "I love my new runner! The neutral gray fits perfectly in my neutral fall table decor and will easily transition into my Christmas decor. It’s a lightweight cotton (100%), so I will use my washer’s delicate cycle and then hang it to dry. I anticipate I will have to iron it afterward, which is no big deal. For the style and inexpensive price it’s worth the effort." —Florida Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (7 sizes, 10 color combos).

    32. Toss toys and any other items with the flick of a wrist in this collapsible storage ottoman in case you need to clear a play area ASAP.

    Promising review: "Great storage bin. I didn't believe you can sit on it and still be sturdy but it really is. It doesn't feel like it's going to break. The kids' slime jars and other stuff fit to hide it out of view. Fit under a desk and we pull it out as needed for extra seating when their friends come over." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (two sizes).

    33. Tidy an entry area with a shoe cabinet that'll prevent all kinds of trip hazards.

    Promising review: "I love this storage rack! My son and I put it together in a short amount of time. It's in our garage to handle all my husband's golf shoes and outside shoes. I had a shoe tree but he'd piled them all on top which broke it over a period of time. So far this is holding up nicely and looks way better! I like that you can put it in different configurations." —Benjamin

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (two sizes).

    34. Liven up a boring tile floor with stencils and paint for some Insta-worthy shoe gaze. (Yes, I know that's a music genre.)

    Check out the full instructions on Make Do and DIY here.

    Get the supplies from The Home Depot: paint for $16.98+, Frog Tape for $7.97, and a variety of stencils here

    35. Store slightly embarrassing bathroom essentials (ahem, nose trimmer?) in a wall-mount cabinet that won't scream TOILET CABINET even though that's sorta what it is.

    Promising review: "Needed to update my small 1960s bathroom that was lacking storage. I had looked at over-the-toilet shelving and the quality was really crummy. For the price, this was perfect. Looks solid and is sturdy. My husband actually enjoyed putting it together... said the instructions were very clear and everything was well labeled. He liked it so much he had me order another one and he's putting that one together now." —Andrea

    Get it from Amazon for $57.35.

    And while you're at it, check out 37 More Ways To Disguise The Ugliest Parts Of Your Home.

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