How to Deal with "Hideous" Built In Cabinet?

How to Deal with "Hideous" Built In Cabinet?

Janel Laban
Jun 4, 2010

Q: I'm hoping to get some words of wisdom about what might just be the most hideous (and oversized) built-in cabinet EVER (larger photo below). My husband and I just rented a 1930's-era house in Norman, OK, and unfortunately this is what came with the spare bedroom. It's built-in and we're only renting, so removing it isn't an option.

Aside from changing the color scheme in here (we'll probably opt for something in the concrete gray range), do you think we should consider hiding this terrible cabinet behind some full-length curtains? Or some other kind of disguise? Can any shade/trickery of paint really help minimize this monstrosity?

We were attracted to this house because it's one of the few in the area that features wood floors and has more charm than the other suburban boxes that were available. Our design sensibility tends to be pretty eclectic (French Louis antiques mixed with some sleek modern pieces), but I'm not sure I can resign myself to living with this thing... or making my guests wake up to it, since the guest bed will be facing it!!


Sent by Sara

Editor: Please share your ideas and advice with Sara in the comments - thanks!

• Got a question? Email yours with pic attachments here (those with pics get answered first)

moving--truck moving--dates moving--dolly moving--house moving--cal Created with Sketch. moving--apt