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    35 Ways To Disguise Some Of Your Least Favorite Parts Of Your Home

    Easy changes you'll appreciate every time you see them.

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    1. Pour your off-brand liquor into a glass decanter because nobody needs to know you get your whiskey on the bottom shelf.

    glass faceted bottle decanter full of whiskey, with faceted glass topper

    Promising review: "Love this decanter. Looks great. Has very tight seal when you cap it. It holds a full 750ml and a no drip pour. Also the price is reasonable for such a great quality decanter. I'm very happy and satisfied with my purchase." —Guglielmo Goodman

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    2. Instantly update your garage door with carriage-style magnets to create a ~focal point~ that draws everyone's eyes away from any other unsightly details you're not gonna fix anytime soon.,

    Promising review: "If you're looking for instant curb appeal with little effort, you need to get these. These haven't moved in large rain storms or excessive wind and hopefully won't rust out like the more expensive drilled sets like my neighbors have since there are no exposed screws or hardware." —SG

    (They won't rust out at all because they're made of a super durable UV- and weather-resistant plastic.)

    Get the set of four hinges and two handles on Amazon for $17.99.

    3. Cover up your gross-looking concrete with garage floor paint for a clean visual slate in a space you use every day.

    blogger's garage floor, 75% covered in uniform grey paint that hides stains, spray paint overspray, and other mess on the concrete

    Read the full tutorial on Clean & Scentsible.

    Get a gallon of concrete paint on Amazon for $32.98.

    4. Recover those old throw pillows you're not in love with anymore with soft chenille shams that cost significantly less than buying a bunch of new cushions.

    two blue chenille throw pillows

    Protip: If you can't find shams with the exact same measurements as your throw pillows, go for covers an inch or two smaller for an ~overstuffed~ look.

    Get this set of two 16"x16" covers from Amazon for $9.89+ (available in 18 colors and seven sizes). 

    Of course, depending on your decor preferences, Amazon has dozens of under-$25 throw pillow sets available (velvetfuzzy plushgeometric patterns...) — I bet you can find something you'd love!

    5. Disguise a hideous buzzer or interior fuse box with a trendy macramé hanging you can move when you need easy access.

    two taupe macrame hangings over a sofa with different designs

    Promising review: "Perfect for what I needed! I wanted these to hang out on my ugly porch to kinda spruce it up! I needed them to be sturdy and able to withstand outdoor conditions but be cute and boho and these are perfect! Ive had them for several months now and they haven't showed any signs of wear and tear and are just a beautiful addition. 10/10 recommend!" —KimRN

    Get this set of two on Amazon for $24.99 (available in two sizes).

    6. Or hide the box behind your favorite tea towel with the help of a magnetic wood frame, and you'll solve the same problem *and* be able to easily switch it out with the seasons, or just your mood.

    tea towel with thin wood slats on top and bottom edges; top slat has twine that lets the towel hang
    Katy Cartland / Apartment Therapy

    From the geniuses at Apartment Therapy.

    Get a similar wood wall hanger from Hanger Frames on Etsy — a Salt Lake City, Utah based small business — for $20 for an 11-inch frame (available in 14 sizes starting at six inches, and six different finishes).

    Promising review (for Hanger Frames): "Could not be any happier with this product. I’ve searched for a conventional frame for this art piece with no luck. I’m so glad I chose this instead of an old school frame. Came quickly, great quality, and they even added twine and a nail (which I didn’t expect). Love, love, love!!" —Emily

    7. Hide all the crap you shove under your bed with a neat bed skirt that coordinates with the rest of your bedding — your bedroom will immediately look tidier.

    white square bedskirt on bed

    Promising review: "I recently bought a brand new mattress that came with a free box spring that I was looking to hide nicely until I move and buy a new bed frame. This did the job! For the price you can't beat it. I love that the entire piece of fabric is one color (in my case black) vs. some of the other products that have the layer between the mattress and box spring white in color. It's a nice length and runs right to the floor." —Matthew L.

    Get this one on Amazon, $18.99 for a queen (also available in twin, full, and king, and in four colors).

    8. Update your circa-1990s appliances for less than the cost of dinner for two: simply cover them in stainless-steel-effect contact paper.

    Several reviewers said it really helps to use a wallpaper smoothing tool — you can get one for $4.68!

    Promising review: "It bothered me that my dishwasher was black and didn't match my stainless steel stove and fridge, so I decided to give this a try. I'm glad I did! It legit looks like my dishwasher is stainless steel now. It's not big enough to cover the whole thing at once so there is a seem, but I put the seem on the lower half of the dishwasher and it's not very noticeable at all. If I didn't know to look for it, I probably wouldn't see it. Just make sure you wash whatever you're applying it to so that it sticks well, and go slowly when applying so you don't get bubbles." —Sharon

    Get an 15"x78" roll from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    9. Toss the branded hand soap pump you've been refilling who even knows how long for foaming dispensers — these use less soap per pump than regular bottles, so you'll save $$ on soap refills, too.

    Model using the clear soap dispenser with light blue soap to dispense some foam onto their hand

    Oh, and you can totally use the rest of your regular liquid soap refill with these! Just combine one part liquid soap with five parts water.

    Promising review: "These arrived today and they are actually nicer/bigger than expected (even with measurements, sometimes it's hard to picture the size of something). The glass is heavy/sturdy; the "chrome" part is not actually metal, but it's really, really hard to tell that. It looks/feels like chrome. (I think one of the reviews said it was metal and I don't blame them, it's that hard to tell). I've had metal ones corrode, so plastic is better, to me. I'm very happy with them, would recommend them, and would buy again." —RDP9201

    Get a pack of two dispensers on Amazon for $19.99 (available in nine color/finish combos).

    10. Rejuvenate beat-up or water-stained furniture and other wood with the help of a wipe-on finish restorer.

    before: a chest of drawers with a faded finish on the front; after: the same drawers now with a seamless uniform finish

    While restoring a finish isn't quite the same as completely refinishing a piece, it take much less time and can still make furniture (and floors, front doors, and kitchen cabinets) look magically new again.

    Promising review: "Very easy to get results. I applied to eight dining room chairs which had scrapes, scuffs and white paint marks. An amazing transformation so quickly. I finished eight chairs in 90 minutes without rushing. I bought two pints but only one was necessary. I used a cotton cloth for most of the application but also used 0000 steel wool for the scrapes and paint removal." —Grumpy Neanderthal

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (two sizes and nine wood finish colors available); many reviewers follow up with the same brand's wood polish and conditioner (they're meant to be used together!), which you can get for $8.98 from Amazon.

    11. Cover up scratches, scrapes, and chips on that old chest of drawers by applying furniture decals that turn it into its very own unique work of art. You just rub them onto your piece with a wooden stick, so it's the perfect project for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    Black sideboard covered in red, yellow, and orange illustrated poppy flower decals
    MaikaDaughters / Etsy

    They work on walls, furniture, wood, doors and many more surfaces! Maika Daughters is an Austin, Texas based small business focused on selling all kinds of materials for upcycling projects. If you like the idea of furniture decals but these aren't quite up your alley, they have 96 different designs available, although many of them are floral or vintage-y.

    Promising review: "These poppy decals are the best! Not as much work as I feared and they look sensational!" —ElizabethMeredith

    Get the sheet with all these decals with from MaikaDaughters on Etsy for $29.99.

    12. Swap out your standard air vent wall registers with a decorative cover worthy of Gatsby himself.

    white curl-patterned register cover on a reviewer's air register

    Promising review: "I bought these to replace the ugly, plain registers that were on my ceiling. Installed in less than 10 minutes and they look beautiful. I ordered white and spray painted them nickel to match my ceiling fan. Couldn't be happier." —AsMeow

    Get one on Amazon for $12.32+ (available in three sizes).

    13. Toss kids toys, extra blankets, or even your laundry in a large decorative lidded basket because it'll make all that clutter (and face it, those plastic laundry baskets look like clutter!) instantly transform into something colorful and stylish.

    lidded cylindrical basket with a geometric natural, black, teal, pink, purple, and yellow stripe pattern

    This is from the Jungalow, a Black woman-owned small business founded by Justina Blakeney (whose Instagram and design blog I've swooned over ever since I saw that iconic aqua backsplash.) Jungalow plants two trees for every product purchased!

    Get it from Jungalow for $280.

    14. Dress up a less-than-lovely patio or porch — or protect a high-traffic area so it doesn't deteriorate — by laying down an indoor/outdoor rug that'll seem like it's there exclusively because it looks good.

    blue and white patterned rug on reviewer's balcony

    Promising review: "It's perfect for pool areas! It wasn't what I expected but i actually like it better. If I had to describe it...I'd describe very soft straws (like drinking straws) woven into a carpet. It doesn't stay wet and it doesn't get hot so it is perfect for our pool patio. It is light weight though, so if you don't have something set on it or put it away during a storm it will blow around." —Andrea Malcolm

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in five sizes and four designs; or see all the available designs on the Fab Habitat store page). 

    15. The same goes with any less-than-lovely places inside, too: a standout print rug brings any neglected area the wow factor it deserves.

    blue and grey diamond and dot patterned rug with white accents

    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. Extremely pleased with this rug!" —Kat D.

    Get it on Amazon for $32.48+ (originally $128, five colors available in many sizes, or see all the rug designs available on the Safavieh store page).

    16. Mask an eyesore of a view with rainbow-y self-adhesive window film — besides looking jaw-droppingly beautiful, it'll also provide a little extra privacy.

    light shining through reviewer's translucent rainbow film window; the coating on the film makes the window shine with different muted colors

    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 a 23"x78" roll on Amazon for $26.98 (originally $28.99, seven roll sizes available).

    17. Consolidate the mess that is your TV's cords in a cable raceway because there's no reason your grown-up living room needs to remind you of your college dorm years one little bit.

    a tv hung on a wall before, with cords hanging down beneath it, and after, with all the cords consolidated into a single thin white tube

    Promising review: "This product worked great for cleaning up my mess of cables/power cords going to my wall mounted TV. The plastic is sturdy, yet easily cut to proper length, I did however, use a "T" type of expandable wall anchor because I was attaching it to exterior stucco wall. The channels are large enough to accommodate numerous cords, and the covers snap firmly in place." —TheoLogic1

    Get the kit (which has six cable covers that total 150", self-adhesive tape, and 12 connector pieces) on Amazon for $19.95 (originally $29.99, available in two lengths and two colors).

    18. Toss your stinkiest refuse in a slide-out trash can that's simple to install in pretty much any lower cabinet (as long as you're semi-proficient with a drill, or willing to learn).

    black trash can on metal track sliding out of cabinet

    The 35-quart container comes with all the mounting hardware you'll need.

    Promising review: "I hesitated to trade existing storage space for a trashcan but I am so glad I did. The Rev-A-Shelf was easy to install and worked exactly as I expected. The instructions were a bit lacking but a quick check on YouTube is all you need. Just four easily placed screws to your cupboard bottom and project complete. The fact that the kitchen trash is not the first thing guests see when they enter my house is awesome. I should have done this upgrade years ago! You won't be sorry if you purchase this unit. I love it!" —daisy

    Get it on Amazon for $66.99+ (available in three colors, or check out other options for Rev-A-Shelf trashcan storage).

    19. And temporarily store your used coffee grounds, banana peels, and apple cores in this odor-locking compost bin you won't mind keeping out on your kitchen counter.

    white compost bin with lid open, filled with vegetable scraps

    Its lid removes completely so it's super easy to empty, and it has completely smooth interior walls so you never have to deal with gross buildup in a corner or next to a plastic seam. 

    Promising review: "We are heavy composters — lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, 1/2 pound of coffee grounds per week, lots of tea bags — all scrap goes in this composter. We have a ton of plants and use our compost. What clinches the deal on this product is that surprisingly, we have not once smelled any odors whatsoever with the lid closed. Also, none of our friends have picked up a see-through container off our counter top and said, "Oh, what's in here?" so no more embarrassing explanations of how we kept garbage in a bowl on top of our counter!" —Laura B

    Get it on Amazon for $20.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    20. Build a simple log store so your teetering wood pile no longer looks like it's languishing but your growing collection can still breathe.

    wooden log store stacked halfway full with firewood

    21. Slap on a coat of simple primer to brighten up a dingy brick garage over the course of a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    blogger's white garage wall

    Read the full how-to on Hawthorne and Main.

    Get a quart of white primer on Amazon for $11.77.

    22. Hang a roll of faux ivy to solve several problems at once: conceal an ugly railing or wire fence, create a little extra privacy, and block a view you wish you didn't have to see.

    A reviewer's balcony with the ivy hung; it comes on a (rolled-up) plastic grid with the leaves all over it. You can just barely make out a car on the other side, the leaf coverage is so good

    Promising review: "These worked wonderfully to give some privacy to my back yard without blocking out everything. I have had them up for about a year now, and they hold up well to weather conditions (snow, rain, freeze, heat). Color has lasted so far. No issues with hanging them. I used green zip ties purchased separately. Easy to cut and adjust the size. Recommended." —Don't Be Hateful

    Get a 94"x39" roll on Amazon for $49.99.

    23. Create a ~drop zone~ for your mail, keys, dog leashes, scarves, and other miscellaneous things by hanging this tidy wall shelf — it'll be much nicer than unceremoniously piling all of that stuff on your countertop.

    white shelf with two halves: one with three small hooks on bottom, flat shelf on top; one with two vertical slots for mail

    Promising review: "Great little shelf that comes fully assembled and you just have to attach it to the wall. Sturdy enough to hold jackets and purses. Excellent choice for small spaces. Would buy this again!" —Chris

    Get it on Amazon for $34.99.

    24. Upgrade your rental kitchen's non-existent backsplash with moisture- and steam-resistant removable wallpaper that you can simply peel off when you're about to move out.


    It's completely self-adhesive, so you don't have to mess with glues when you put it up. You do have to have a smooth surface painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish for it to work, though. You can also use it on furniture like bookshelves and drawers, or even stair risers!

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this wallpaper!!! It is beautiful and unique, refined and elegant, and heavy duty quality. I found it super easy to install, though I opted to use it for a room border versus full wall coverage. I also found it very forgiving, allowing me to pull it back off and adjust areas without leaving permanent dents in the design. It gave my son’s bedroom a whole new look and I have gotten lots of compliments!" —MB

    Get a 20.5" x 16.5' roll from Novogratz on Amazon for $33.50 (originally $39.99, or see all the available patterns on the Novogratz wallpaper page).

    25. Shelter a tangled powerstrip inside a power cord box so nothing accidentally ends up unplugged (and you don't have to look at it all, either).

    a powerstrip before, covered in cord clutter, and after, with the cords in a white plastic box that hides them

    Promising review: "This was the answer to my unsightly dilemma of a rat's nest of cables/modem/surge protector multi plug cords located under my desk in my home office! Most of the the other choices online are not large enough to accommodate all the cables and surge protector. This one fit the bill! Note that I also bundled and zip tied the excess cord lengths so that I was able to fit those bundled ties in the box. This box also has ample openings on the sides and rear of the box to thread the cables through. In addition, there are openings on the bottom for ventilation. Now my home office looks presentable and tidy! Worth every cent!" —wandalust4ever

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    26. And box up a router and other e-clutter behind a row of cut-up books for a visual disguise that won't block the all-important wifi signal.

    before: a home office with a pile of routers, Amazon Alexas, and other cords next to the computer; after: the same space, except all you see is a row of colorful book spines
    Covogoods / Etsy

    Basically, the spines of the books books are attached but have with all the pages and covers cut out of 'em, except the two covers on the very ends. You can choose the color scheme you want and how many inches long you need it to be, and CovoGoods, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based small business, will make it for you!

    Promising review: "Wonderful!! We spent the past month remodeling our living room, but we didn't account for how AWFUL the cable boxes and modem were going to look on our beautiful new shelves. Saw this, and had to have it! Covogoods not only communicated quickly with me, but were EXTREMELY accommodating in my requests. Turned out exactly how I envisioned it, and dimensions were spot on! No more ugly cable boxes and wires!" —Lindsey Martinez

    Get one from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+.

    27. Free up garage floorspace with some ceiling-mount shelves — they're perfect for seasonal storage because everything will still be relatively easy to access, but you won't have to look at it all every time you go to start your car.

    reviewer's image of ceiling mount shelves holding boxes and other things

    Promising review: "These are a great way to open up more storage potential in the garage. This is actually my third home when I've used these in my garage. If you have lots of room between your garage door and your ceiling, these can be used up there to allow you to store stuff in a space you would otherwise not be able to use. They're great for being able to store stuff way up high and not take up any floor space. We store all of our Christmas lights and other holiday decorations on them. They hold up the weight of 4 or 5 big bins full of Christmas light strings no problem." —Buster

    Get the 45"x45" shelves (that hold up to 250 lbs of evenly-distributed weight) on Amazon for $62.92.

    28. Refresh metal fixtures with metal-look spray paint to make them look completely new in just an hour or two.,

    The doorknob photos don't have a "before", but I'd bet you $10 they were shiny brass. And the faucet has only a blurry "before", but it was a gleaming late-'90s chrome.

    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 on Amazon for $6.94+ (available in 23 metallic finish colors), or in two- and six packs).

    29. Empty an entire drawer with an under-cabinet organizer that lets hot tools cool safely. Then repurpose that drawer to store all of those skincare products that have been slowly taking over your entire counter.

    the three-slot metal wire organizer holding a flat iron, blow dryer, and curling iron

    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 $19.99 (eight metallic finishes available).

    30. Overhaul that outdated Formica in your kitchen with a granite-look countertop paint kit for an inexpensive upgrade that'll last for years.,

    It's a three-step paint process that goes right over your old countertops. It has automotive-grade durability and is made of safe water-based materials. One kit covers the typical kitchen's 35 square feet, or 16 running feet of standard two-foot-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 on Amazon for $75.98+ (available in four finishes, or in a "white diamond" finish for $79.99).

    31. Block a utility box, trash cans, or anything else you want to make disappear but still need to access regularly with a simple privacy screen.

    reviewer's photo of white privacy screen against side of house

    Promising review: "Super easy to install and took less than 30 min to put together, level out and hammer in the stakes. My HOA doesn’t allow the trash bins to be visible from the street so this fixed that issue plus it matches my house trim." —Joseph and Anne Sawyer

    Get it from Amazon for $155 (originally $205).

    32. Watch obvious damage to your wood furniture vanish with the help of a water stain erasing–cloth.

    Promising review: "Yes, it smells gross. Yes, it took me about half an hour of scrubbing at three spots on my table before they disappeared....but they did disappear, so I'm happy! I think the older the marks are, the longer you have to scrub at them. One mark was only a few days old, and vanished in about five minutes. The other mark was much larger, and was a couple of months old. That one took forever, and I almost gave up. So glad I kept going! My table looks brand new now." —Dove

    Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

    33. Or if the stain's a little too big to fix with a $5 cloth, cover it with a checked table runner you can match to the season.

    white runner with thick blue gingham check, on a walnut table

    Promising review: "Love this buffalo check table runner! The quality is amazing, it will be such a transitional piece. I can use it for about any season. It fits my table just perfect. Love it!" —eric a.

    Get it from Amazon for $12+ (originally $12.99, available in two lengths and 15 colors).

    34. Tuck away toys (and all the other random stuff your kids left lying around) in this collapsible storage ottoman to reclaim your living room as a place for grown-ups.

    model putting toys away in ottoman, which has its tufted top open

    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 on Amazon for $39.85 (available in three sizes).

    35. If you're not lucky enough to have a mudroom, this shoe cabinet is a good start — it'll at least be better than the ever-growing pile of shoes threatening to trip you every time you walk past the back door.

    espresso colored shoe cabinet with 4 shelves and shoes inside

    Promising review: "I love this. The house gets dusty, even in my closet sometimes, so this helps keep my shoes looking cleaner and keeps them out of the way. The drawer is fantastic for storing little items in my closet and I can set things on top if needed. I'm extremely pleased with this unit and recommend it for anyone wanting a nice-looking storage unit with doors and a drawer. I think it's a very versatile piece of furniture that will last me a long time." —echobunny

    Get it on Amazon for $132.99 (originally $157.99).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.