Clever Ways to Hide Eyesores in Your Home
Small things count when it comes to home staging. In addition to decluttering, removing personal mementos, and painting the walls a neutral color, anything you can do to hide eyesores in your home will help make a better first impression. Check out this roundup of ideas culled from clever DIY bloggers.
Hide an object that protrudes from the wall: Kristen from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia posted a very clever, good-looking solution for hiding a garage door opener. She made a cover for the protruding gadget from a thrift store picture frame and a small piece of wood that fit perfectly as a hinged door, painting them a fashionable antique white. Kristen is converting her garage to a mudroom and craft room, and her garage door opener cover fits right in to her design scheme. This idea would totally work to hide a thermostat as well.
Hide the cable box: A DIY Phoenix-area carpenter came up with this very cute cable box within a box concept. Jeanette from the blog Homa Style posted step by step instructions for the project. She built a creamy white wooden box to hide her cable box, then added decorative trim to the box to give it a pretty front. The box hides the ugly cable box, and actually contributes a harmonizing element to the room.
Hide an air conditioner: Whether you have tiling skills of your own or you need to enlist the help of a tile contractor, a tile mosaic screen to hide a central air conditioning outdoor unit is a lovely addition to a carefully designed landscape. Bliss R. from the blog Bliss Ranch built a mosaic screen panel into a wooden fence. It totally obscures the view of her air conditioning unit, and even provides a beautiful focal point by her patio.
Hide a kitty litter box: Cats are sweet, cats are adorable, and some cats can even use the toilet. However, if your cat has not been toilet-trained (seriously, it is possible and a lot of people do it), there is the issue of where to put the litter box, and how to obscure it from view if you happen to be showing your home to potential buyers (or if you don't like to look at the litter box). Amy from the blog The Blissful Bee built a very attractive skirted table to hide her cat's litter box. It's an inexpensive solution that could be accomplished by an advanced beginner.
Hide your TV: While a nice, big, modern flat screen television could make your living room look even more attractive to house hunters, an old bulky TV might work against you. That's why Kim from Today's Creative Blog built a television cover out of a sliding shutter. An inventive way to hide outdated electronics, it looks like a window is simply hiding behind the shutter.
Hide the remote: Create a custom coffee table with built-in storage as a stylish way to store odds and ends -- like remotes for the TV or HVAC --which could distract buyers from the overall look of the room. Of course, this does not have to be a DIY project, as there are plenty of affordable storage ottomans and coffee tables on the market at almost every price point. Props to Lisa from Recaptured Charm for building it herself.
Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.
Updated October 3, 2018.
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