13 Ways to Hide Outdoor Eyesores

Cover up an AC unit, utility boxes, and other outdoor fixtures with these 13 ways to hide outdoor eyesores and improve your curb appeal!

You’ll also like these DIY curb appeal ideas and porch and patio decorating ideas and front porch decorating ideas.

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tutorial: hide your AC unit with a DIY lattice screen

Ways to Hide Outdoor Eyesores

Having air conditioning, water on demand, and electricity in our homes are all wonderful things, but they require bulky and unsightly machines and cords that litter the outside of our houses. Cover them up with these 13 ways to hide outdoor eyesores and improve your curb appeal!

A note before we dive into these awesome ways to hide outdoor eyesores: always check with your local utility companies on policies for covering up your water meters, electrical meters, trash bins, and AC units. Some of these policies might have to do with clearance, access for meter readers, and adequate ventilation for AC units.

How to Hide Utility Boxes and Wires

Are your utility boxes and wires, like your water meter or the electrical meter, distracting to the eye? Whether they are located at the side of your home or at the patio, there are several clever ways to cover or camouflage them!

Repurpose old vinyl shutters to act as a screen to cover up your utility boxes! Easy to move or take down for the winter or whenever you need to access the utility boxes.

outdoor repurpose vinyl shutters hide outdoor eyesores water meterOutdoor Repurpose Shutter Screen | Hometalk

Or build a wood screen using wood scraps in your garage or pressure-treated fence boards. Use door hinges to attach them together and paint or stain your new screen!

diy wood shutters hide outdoor eyesoresHiding Outdoor Uglies | Provident Home Design

Here’s another wood building project, this is a slatted wood screen that uses cleats – one pair attached to the screen itself, one pair attached to the house – to hold it in place. You simply push it up and away to get access to the utility boxes.

diy-wood-screen-23DIY Wood Screen to Hide Utility Boxes | Remodelaholic

Add some greenery (and even more curb appeal) by attaching planters to your wood screen! This DIY wood screen is held up on hooks; simply swing away from the house to gain access to the utility boxes.

slatted panel with planters hide electric meterDIY Electric Meter Screen | House Tweaking

Here’s an easy solution: paint your utility boxes and wires! It’s surprisingly effective and would work well for areas with stricter regulations.

paint utility box wires camouflageCamouflaging an Eyesore in Our Backyard | Love of Family and Home

How to Hide Utility Boxes in the Front Yard

Do you have a cable box, an electrical box, or a sewer access cap sticking up through the grass in your front yard?

Many people hide them by planting shrubs and other plants around them, but you could easily make a slipcover with beadboard and top it with a birdhouse.

utility box cover birdhouse beadboardDecorate Your Garden | BHG

Another way to hide utility boxes in your front yard, especially those huge electrical transformer boxes, is to add a corner fence and plant bushes and flowers around the fence.

use fence to hide large utility boxLandscaping Ideas to Hide Utility Boxes | Views From the Garden

How to Hide Air Conditioning Units

AC units are bulky and they need a lot of airflow to work efficiently, so they can be difficult to hide. Enter the lattice screen! They are nice to look at, pretty easy to assemble, and provide plenty of airflow.

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Easy Lattice Screen to Hide an AC Unit | Heathered Nest for Remodelaholic

lattice screen hide ac unitEasy To Build Lattice Screen | Canadian Gardening

If you want something a bit more modern, check this awesome slatted wood screen!

slatted modern ac unit screenHide That Ugly AC Unit | HousePet

Here’s another lattice screen built to hide an AC unit, but this is an even easier DIY.

easy lattice screen ac unitCovering Up An AC Unit | First Home

A louvered screen, built with the louvers fixed at an angle, works well in providing an AC unit adequate air ventilation. Plus, it looks so nice, especially when painted in white! This is a more permanent solution to hiding your AC unit.

hide ac unit diy louvered screenDisguise Your AC With a DIY Louvered Screen | The Kim Six Fix

How to Hide Common (But Ugly) Outdoor Items

Some outdoor items are a necessary part of home living, but they don’t look so good out in the open. Water hoses and trash cans are two such examples. Here’s some great ideas how to hide them!

Build a wooden planter to hold your hoses! Plant pretty flowers and plants in the lid and no one will ever know you’re hiding a water hose or two inside. Make a hole in the back to feed the hose through.

hide hose outdoor planter diyDIY Hose Hiding Outdoor Planter | That’s My Letter

Build a modern and beautiful cedar screen to hide your trash cans! Add your house numbers to give it another purpose. You could use this DIY cedar screen to hide all kinds of outdoor eyesores, from kids toys to pool equipment!

hide trash cans modern wood screenCedar Screen | Sugar Sugar House

Or a smaller trash can cover with a door — could be used to store just about anything!

Diy Trash Can Cover, Woodshop Diaries

DIY Trash Can Cover | Woodshop Diaries

Cover up a cinder block fence with a garden planter wall

Tutorial, Modern Wood Slat Garden Wall Of Planters Using IKEA Sunnersta And Variera Kitchen Organizers, The Garden Glove Featured On Remodelaholic

DIY Wood Slat Garden Planter Wall over a Cinder Block Fence | The Garden Glove on Remodelaholic

or a climbing plant trellis along a concrete foundation wall:

How To Install A Wood Trellis For Roses And Flowers Along A Concrete Porch Foundation Wall, Top Shelf DIY On Remodelaholic

DIY Climbing Rose Trellis Along a Concrete Porch | Top Shelf DIY on Remodelaholic

or even just by simply painting a cinder block fence to look more like a vinyl fence.

Painting a Cinder Block Fence | Remodelaholic


These brilliant DIYs will turn any front yard (or back yard) into a beautiful space without the interference of outdoor eyesores! What other ways to hide outdoor eyesores have you seen or made yourself?

More easy ways to beautify your yard and home exterior:

Add curb appeal with these easy ways to hide outdoor eyesores like utility meters, air conditioning units, and garden hoses.

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I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.

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  1. I have ugly exposed conduit piping surrounding the walls of my swimming pool. Any ideas???

  2. My electric meter is literally in the middle of my front yard it’s five ft tall and 18 inches tall I need ideas on how to camouflage it