What Should We Do with Ugly Fireplace Plus Outlet Combo?

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Q: Our non-working fireplace is in the master bedroom, and the ONLY electrical outlet in the entire room was installed smack dab in the middle of the hideously tiled-over interior. We need a solution that will be safe around a somewhat questionable older electrical socket (house was built in 1919), and that will still allow access to plug things in. It's a rental, so removal or painting are not options, and the wood has too many decorative cutouts to go the temporary wallpaper route. Please help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.