They say that looks aren’t everything, but that doesn’t mean that looks aren’t anything. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with taking pride in the way your home looks. And if something doesn’t look quite right to you, why not take some time to figure out a solution that works for you? Because that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in today’s post!
Today I’ll be sharing a list of 13 clever and creative solutions for hiding eyesores around the house. Whether you’re tired of looking at power cords, wall panels, or old sprinkler heads, this post is packed with links to useful products and DIY tutorials that will help you hide them from view.
Oh, and if you have an idea for hiding eyesores that isn’t mentioned in this list, I’d love to hear about it! Share your idea with us in a comment at the bottom of this post so we can keep the conversation going.
13 Creative Ways To Hide The Eyesores In Your Home
1. Keep Power Cords Contained
Command brand makes a lot of useful products, but their cord bundlers are easily one of my all-time favorites. These handy cord hooks are perfect for small appliances, keeping the cord nice and tidy when I want it out of the way (which is almost always). Check out my full post about them at the link below!
2. Hide Cables Behind Desks
Open-sided desks makes them a lightweight and affordable option for a bedroom or home office. But they can easily become an eyesore once you have a few cords and cables hanging off the back! Several years ago, my daughter-in-law shared a bright idea for solving that very same problem using a bit of fabric and a few magnets.
Read all about her simple DIY solution to messy cords by following the link below.
3. Use Beautiful Bottles
Is your bathroom counter, tub, or shower starting to look a bit cluttered? Try transferring your personal care products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.) to a matching set of refillable bottles. Doing away with branded containers will instantly elevate the look of your bathroom, and leave it looking much tidier!
I use these amber bottles in my shower, and they look great alongside the oil-rubbed bronze hardware we chose. (I made sure to choose plastic for these, because glass and slippery showers don’t mix well!)
4. Make A Charging Station For Devices
The modern household has no shortage of smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and other gadgets that require charging. This can easily turn into a mess of tangled cords and cables if you’re not careful! You can eliminate this mess by making a “charging station” that’s easy on the eyes!
Using a power strip, a shoebox, and some basic craft materials, you can contain the mess of charging cables in a way that you won’t mind seeing every day. Get the instructions for this easy DIY charging station at the link below!
Related: A Simple DIY Family Charging Station
5. Beautify Your Garage Door
Giving your garage door a stylish makeover can be as easy as adding a few simple accessories! Check out my post at the link below to find out how I transformed my plain old garage door into a carriage-style door for under $40 in materials!
6. Cover Your Dog’s Crate
Adding a cover to your dog’s crate is an easy way to make it look more cozy and less cage-y. And while it varies from dog to dog, many dogs actually feel more secure in their crate when two or three of the sides are covered. You can find all sorts of crate covers on Amazon, from thicker, padded covers to thinner, more affordable options.
You can also find a great tutorial on making dog crate bumper pads (along with useful patterns for making them) at Kevin & Amanda.
7. Camouflage Eyesores In The Yard
From septic tank covers to utility boxes, there are plenty of things in your yard that may distract from its natural beauty. You can easily “camouflage” these eyesores by installing landscape covers that resemble real rock. You can also find smaller rock covers too, which are perfect for covering things like old sprinkler heads and electrical outlets.
8. Spruce Up Your Vents
Air vent covers can add a lot of personality to your space! The air vent covers around the OGT Studio are actually original to the old house, a fact that we did not take for granted! All it took was some rust reformer and black spray paint to restore them to their former glory, and they quickly became one of our favorite features in the space.
9. Disguise Wall Panels
Inspiration from bliss bloom blog
The key to covering up electrical panels, security system boxes, and other wall panels is to do it in a way that will still allow easy access. Here, they cleverly covered up a control panel by hanging a canvas on hinges in front of it! View the original post here.
10. Hide Your Wireless Router
Inspiration from Ana Maria Muñoz
I thought this was a very clever way to keep your wireless router hidden in plain sight! Simply remove the contents of a vintage hardcover book, and place the router inside. View the original post here.
11. Create A Litter Box Cabinet
Inspiration from IKEAhackers
There are no shortage of clever IKEA hacks online, including this one that transformed a wall cabinet into an attractive hiding place for a litter box. Many smaller apartments lack an obvious spot to keep a litter box, but this smart solution keeps it accessible to the kitty yet out of sight. View the original post here.
12. Cover Your A/C Unit
Inspiration from Vintage Meets Glam
Having an A/C unit installed in a wall means it’s always there when you need it… but it’s also always there when you don’t. This clever DIYer overcame that particular hurdle by building a frame with doors around the unit to keep it out of sight. View the original post here.
13. Make A Trash Cabinet
Inspiration from Dawn Nicole Designs
Whether you want to keep children and pets out of the trash, or you simply want to hide the trash can from view, a DIY trash cabinet like this one could be just the solution you’ve been searching for! View the original post here.
Have you found a clever solution for hiding eyesores in your house?