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How to Hide an Ugly AC Unit With Removable DIY Shelf

published Sep 3, 2013
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It’s been hot these last several days in LA. Anyone who has lived here for awhile knows this summer heat can go well into autumn, as September can be one of the hottest months of the year. And for those of you lucky enough to have AC in your home, you might be realizing now — as you start to crank your unit higher — the air conditioner is quite an ugly necessity…

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Here’s a worthy DIY that will not only hide a wall or window unit, but give you extra storage as well. Interior designer Kyle Schuneman (from the LA Times’ “The Apt. Life” series) shows us how to build a simple enclosure around an AC unit using four pieces of wood and a small MDF panel.

When the AC is not in use, the removable front panel (attached via magnets) functions as a message center; Schuneman painted his with chalkboard paint, but you can also cover it with cork or even decoupage your favorite photos over it. The top shelf holds potted plants, picture frames, knickknacks, or books.

Head over to L.A. at Home to view a video of Schuneman’s tutorial.