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42 Ingeniously Easy Ways To Hide The Ugly Stuff In Your Home

Take those eyesores from ugh to ugh-MAZING.

1. Build a window cornice to hide ugly drapery rods and add a touch of polish to your windows.

Get the tutorial here.

2. Conceal your router in fancy storage boxes.

See how she did this here.

3. Or hollow out an old book.

4. Hide unsightly pipes in the basement behind mini-blinds.

You don’t want to be staring at those while folding your laundry. See the whole basement revamp here.

5. Cover up an AC unit with a chalkboard cover.

 

You’ll have to build a wooden frame, but if you have any carpentry skills whatsoever, it’s oh so worth it. Directions here.

6. Similarly, hide a thermostat or home alarm with a canvas on hinges.

All it takes is a flip to access it. Get the full directions here.

7. Wallpaper the fridge.

They make removable wallpaper just for this purpose.

8. Or give it a coat of chalkboard paint.

A great place to add decorative doodles, grocery lists, and to-do lists.

9. Stash your laundry hampers in extra deep drawers.

No one wants to see your messy, overflowing piles of dirty clothes. See how they did this here.

10. Use clear Muji bottle dispensers as an elegant way to store your not-so-pretty beauty products.

 

Your Cetaphil and dandruff shampoo don’t need to be broadcast to the world. Empty the product into one of these lovely Muji pump bottles.

11. Use doormats and spray paint to make a decorative vent or electrical box cover.

She spray-painted her doormat a metallic copper color.

12. Use an inexpensive printed canvas from IKEA to hide your flatscreen TV.

A TV doesn’t have to be the centerpiece of your living room. See how they did this here.

13. Hide your cords in trim.

 

This will make your television blend in seamlessly with your mantel and fireplace. See how they accomplished this here.

14. Update a dresser to create a drawer for your printer.

 

Your giant gray printer relic doesn’t exactly fit into your classic modern decor. Get the instructions for this clever DIY here.

15. Turn wires into wall art with these wire blooms clips.

If you can’t hide it, put a bird on it. Get them from Amazon.

Or build an equally cute mini-fence.

16. Cover up those cheap-looking wire shelves in a pantry or closet.

See how they did this for only $28 here.

17. Transform a plain door with paint and masking tape.

 

This easy DIY adds depth and class to any boring entryway.

18. For a window AC unit, hang café-style curtains on a tension rod.

19. This crown molding shelf hides your paper towels.

And you can put pretty things on top like candles and fancy perfume bottles. You can buy this here.

20. Put a styrofoam cooler inside of an IKEA wicker chest.

Just because you’re having a party doesn’t mean you have to compromise your rustic decor.

21. Use a stenciled pegboard to cover up an ugly wall.

In this situation, there were pipes on the wall so wallpaper or tiles weren’t an option. The pegboard also maximized storage because she was able to hang shelves easily.

22. Camouflage an oddly placed light switch plate with a photo gallery.

 

No one will even stop to ponder why there’s an effing light switch in the middle of the wall. See how she did this here.

23. Hang a black drop cloth behind your desk to hide a tangled mass of wires.

 

This couple used Bucky Ball magnets to affix the cloth, making this a supremely easy DIY.

24. Turn a low drawer into a pet-feeding hutch.

25. Spray-paint your folding chairs.

Metal folding chairs, for whatever reason, usually come in that weird ugly brown color. Make them fun and bright with a little spray paint.

26. Instead of your standard garment rack, opt for a ceiling rope-hung rack instead.

Store-bought garment racks tend to look cheap and messy. Get the instructions for this simple rack here.

27. Turn those nettlesome basement poles into stately columns with molding.

See how she accomplished this here.

And paint them an accent color.

It’ll look totally striking in a mostly white room.

28. You can actually paint any ugly tile floors you’re not crazy about.

Does anyone actually like that mottled linoleum look? See how she did this here.

29. Buy or sew your own crate cover for the pup.

This one is available from Bowhaus.

30. Stash peek-a-boo plants in your cinder blocks.

Your backyard will look like it’s just bursting with greenery.

31. Use electrical tape to make over your washing machines.

If you get sick of your stripes and polka dots, they’re easily removable.

32. Install a rolling recycling bin in your kitchen counter or island.

Simplehuman makes a nice one.

33. Update your garage door with a fresh coat of paint.

Bonus points if it matches the shutters.

34. Easily update your boring built-in bathtub with airstone.

See how she did this here.

35. Transition your backsplash into the wall seamlessly with a shelf bracket.

36. Keep your charging station in a kitchen or nightstand drawer, just by drilling some holes.

Many nightstands have open drawers in the back too, so you can keep your gadgets out of sight and out of mind.

37. If you have popcorn ceilings, you can actually scrape the “popcorn” off.

 

It IS a labor-intensive project, and make sure you get tested for asbestos before you begin. Many homes built before 1978 have ceilings that contain asbestos. Get the full directions here.

You can also cover them with plaster.

38. Turn your balcony into a yard with astroturf.

Your mini “backyard” awaits.

39. Use hooks underneath your desk to keep wires out of the way.

40. Upholster your unsightly box springs with fabric and a staple gun.

Add furniture legs to get your bed off the floor. Full directions here.

41. Hide florescent lights in your home or office with these lattice covers.

 

You could repurpose covers out of an old headboard or cabinet door.

42. Give your kitchen appliances a stainless steel makeover with stainless steel contact paper.

Yep, it exists. See how Julie Blanner revamped her dishwasher here.

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