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36 Genius Ways To Hide The Eyesores In Your Home


Justine Zweibel / BuzzFeed

1. Stash your laundry hampers in extra deep drawers.

Stash your laundry hampers in extra deep drawers.

See how they did this here.

2. Hide your router in fancy storage boxes.

Hide your router in fancy storage boxes.

See how she did this here.

3. Or hollow out an old book.

Or hollow out an old book.

4. Use electrical tape to makeover your washing machines.

Use electrical tape to makeover your washing machines.

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

5. Wallpaper the fridge.

Wallpaper the fridge.

They make removable wallpaper just for this purpose.

6. Or give it a coat of chalkboard paint.

Or give it a coat of chalkboard paint.

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

7. This crown molding shelf hides your paper towels.

This crown molding shelf hides your paper towels.

You can buy this here.

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

 

Hate the way your Cetaphil dispenser or Pantene products look? Empty the product into one of these lovely MUJI pump bottles.

9. Use door mats and spray paint to make a decorative vent or electrical box cover.

Use door mats and spray paint to make a decorative vent or electrical box cover.

She spraypainted her doormat a metallic copper color.

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

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

See how they did this here.

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

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.

12. Hide your cords in trim work.

 

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

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

 

No one needs to see your giant gray dot matrix printer. Get the instructions for this clever DIY here.

14. Turn wires into wall art with these “Wire Bloom Clips.”

Turn wires into wall art with these "Wire Bloom Clips."

Get them from Amazon.

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

 

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

16. 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.

17. For a window AC unit, hang cafe-style curtains on a tension rod.

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

18. Use stenciled pegboard to cover up an ugly wall.

Use 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.

19. 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.

20. Hang a black dropcloth 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.

21. Turn a low drawer into a pet feeding hutch.

Turn a low drawer into a pet feeding hutch.

22. Spraypaint your folding chairs.

Spraypaint 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.

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

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.

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

Turn those nettlesome basement poles into stately columns with molding.

See how she accomplished this here.

And paint them an accent color.

And paint them an accent color.

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

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

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

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

26. Buy or sew your own crate cover for your dog.

Buy or sew your own crate cover for your dog.

This one is available from Bowhaus.

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

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

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

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

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

Simplehuman makes a nice one.

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

Update your garage door with a fresh coat of paint.

Bonus points if it matches the shutters.

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

Easily update your boring built-in bathtub with airstone.

See how she did this here.

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

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

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

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.

33. If you have popcorn ceilings, you can actually scrape it 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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