35 No-Brainer Ways to Hide the Ugly Stuff in Your House

Easily disguise household eyesores with these smart and creative solutions.

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June 01, 2017
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TV Cords + Speakers

Keep TV cords and speakers out of sight with a do-it-yourself pallet accent wall and a beautiful storage bench underneath. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

DIY Cable Box Cover

Blend that chunky cable box in with your living room decor by covering it with a sheet of decorative aluminum and stacking it between your favorite books. This is also a great way to hide unsightly TV cords!  Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Chic Magazine Storage

Magazines piling up? Keep them decoratively organized by rolling them up, then storing in a vintage, weathered soda crate.

DIY Birch Wood Fireplace Cover

Get creative with an unused fireplace by dressing it up with this DIY birch wood cover. Another great project? Make this framed art television cover to conceal the TV in a fashionable way when it's not in use.

Electronics Drawer Organization

Escape the cord clutter that comes with charging multiple electronics at once. Free up counter space with a charging station inside an unused drawer like this one from Design Chic. Learn how to make your own >>

Hide Electrical Outlets With Low-Hanging Artwork

Unecessary outlets cramping your style? Insert child-proof safety plugs, then hang a piece of art.

Book Covers

Not every book is worthy of display on your smartly styled bookshelf. Wrap those not-so-cute (or guilty pleasure) hardcovers in vibrant papers for a bit of colorful eye candy.

Kitchen Trash Cans

Tuck away trash cans in a secret place, such as the kitchen island. DIY blogger Corey turned an old cabinet into this amazing, one-of-a-kind island. See the incredible transformation here >>

Built-In Dog Bowls

Free up floor space with built-in dog bowls on one end of the kitchen island. Bonus? Kibble crumbs and water dribbles are kept to a minimum.

Improved Fridge

Peel-and-stick wallpaper instantly updates an old refrigerator. Plus, it can be easily removed if you're renting. Don't fret about grime and spills — wipe it clean with ease.

Upgrade Appliances on a Budget

Blogger Julie Blanner turned her basic black dishwasher into a stunning stainless steel look-alike with a smart, money-saving stainless steel decal. See more of this kitchen makeover on Julie's blog >>

Cover Shelves With Fabric

Give old shelves an update with colorful fabric. This is a great solution for renters! Get more stylish rental kitchen update ideas >>

Clear Up Pantry Clutter

Give dollar store bins a more expensive metal look with metallic spray paint for plastic. Once the bins are dry, add labels for a perfectly organized pantry.

Say Goodbye to Packaging

Is your open pantry an eyesore? Tidy it up by emptying packaged foods into chic, clear storage containers like the pros at The Neat Method did here.

Cover Stairs in Fabric

Designer Marian Parsons gave her plain wooden stairs a facelift by covering them in inexpensive, store-bought table runners. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

DIY Radiator Cover With Shelving

Designer Marian Parsons added stylish extra storage in her half bath by building a thin shelf around an unsightly radiator. See more of this gorgeous small bathroom >>

Bathroom Baskets

A large woven storage basket provides a stylish spot to discard wet towels and dirty laundry in the bathroom. Keep similar baskets around your home for a quick place to stash toys and other unsightly items before company arrives.

Cover Up Popcorn Ceilings

Forget scraping! Easily cover up those ugly popcorn ceilings with a DIY planked wood ceiling. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Stash Your Pillows

The age-old adage, "Where do I put my throw pillows at night?" is now solved. Pretty woven baskets placed at the end of the bed add style and a quick place to stash pillows, blankets and more.

Hidden Charging Station

Cords cluttering your bedside table? Transform an old book into a chic DIY phone charging station. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Cluttered Closet Fix

Turn a cluttered closet into a focal point by removing the doors and hanging flowy, floor-to-ceiling curtains over the opening.

Secret Compartment

Try this smart storage solution for a small kid's room by stowing away toys and clutter underneath the bed.

Store Shoes in Style

Clean up your closet – and keep your fancy footwear pristine – with this shoe storage hack. Plain shoeboxes can be found at your local craft store for a few dollars each. Label the front of each box with a snapshot of the enclosed pair, storing special-occasion shoes on the top shelf.

Out-of-Sight Bins

Sorting bins for lights, darks and towels don't have to be front and center. When Erin Rollins of the blog Sunny Side Up was redoing her laundry room, she created clever drawers that disguise plastic baskets. 

Laundry Closet Upgrade

Add style to basic bifold doors by covering them in batting, then upholstering with stylish fabric. Give the doors a streamlined look with a classic, bronze nail-head trim. See this full laundry closet makeover >>

Utility Box

Use a large decorative piece to hide the utility box or any wall dings that you don't want to show.

Incognito Thermostat

Thermostat cramping your style? Cover it up with a trendy woven wall hanging.

Air Vent

Cover up the air vent by placing a chair in front and adding a pair of stylish shoes and a house plant for a decorative touch. Allow air to flow freely without completely blocking the vent.

DIY Fauxdenza

Build a fauxdenza for the home office to hide the hefty printer, miscellaneous chargers and immense amount of paperwork. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

No Room for an Office?

To create a home office in her tiny home, Killy Scheer of Frisson Design hung a curtain from the main room's ceiling. When the curtain is open, the office is spacious enough for both work-at-home spouses. When it's closed, Scheer and her husband can forget work and enjoy their living room.

Internet Router

Place that bulky router behind old books in a vintage crate. Use an antique suitcase to add height. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Dirty Fence

No money to replace your aging fence? Give it a facelift by painting a pretty mural on it.

Hide Trash Cans in a Planter

When storing garbage and recycling bins inside the garage isn’t an option, make lemonade out of lemons and transform their hiding place into a chic raised flower bed.  See more ways to hide outdoor eyesores >>

Shoe Storage

Welcome guests to a neat and organized entryway with a place to store dirty shoes and on-the-go items in industrial metal baskets. It doubles as a bench, too. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Kitty Litter Box

Conceal the smelly litter box in a clever way by turning an old cabinet into a place for your cat. Simply close the curtains when guests are about to arrive. See how this cabinet was flipped into a secret kitty litter station here >>