Bedroom Makeover Part 6 – DIY A/C Unit Cover

ac unit before after

Is there ever an aspect of a room that you think “how am I going to work around this??”, well for me, it was the lovely in wall air conditioner unit that came with the house. Don’t get me wrong, it’s my best friend when it’s 90 degrees outside but it didn’t seem to make any sense the rest of the year, and it’s pretty much the first thing you see when you walk into the bedroom.

Surprisingly, there aren’t a lot of options out there when it comes to concealing an a/c unit so I decided to make my own, and for only $30 in supplies, I’m very pleased with how it turned out!

So the first thing I did was build a frame for the unit.


Then I wanted to make something decorative for the doors that would also let air through when they were closed. This part delayed things for a while until I found these two pieces of laser-cut wood panels from Michael’s that were on clearance for only $.50 each!


To make the doors, I used hobby wood to create frames and then stapled the panels to the back of them. This is what it looked like before I painted it with the doors on.


And after two coats of fresh white paint, it was all finished!

ac unit after

I also made sure there was enough room to store the cord.


ac unit cover after


I’m not kidding when I say that if I can make this, anyone can! Other than taking a few shop classes while I was in high school, I really have no carpentry knowledge at all. I think my old shop class teacher would be proud  :)

I’ve been very behind in finishing the bedroom but I promise I’ll have the final pics up this weekend!

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17 thoughts on “Bedroom Makeover Part 6 – DIY A/C Unit Cover

      • Gloria says:

        Awesome, one more thing.. The laser cut wood. Was it a fluke that your Michaels sold it?? Do you re,ember the section?? I will as at my local Michaels.

        • Jolie Dionne says:

          They were on clearance towards the end of summer, so I’m not sure if the panels were a seasonal item. I haven’t been back to check if they’re in stock, however, I do know they have a section of laser cut items in their hobby wood section.

  1. Christine says:

    I saw this over on Apartment Therapy – its gorgeous! I have about as much experience as you (yeah shop class!), but I”m not sure how you hung the frame on the wall. Those doors are gorgeous to me. I have been wanting to do this at my place, but cannot decide how to put the frame on the wall.

  2. Cheryl K says:

    Brilliant! I absolutely love that idea! Definitely going to check out Michaels laser cut stuff…I have an electric fireplace with truly realistic looking flames when it’s on but not so great looking when it’s off. I’ve looked and looked but can’t find a fireplace screen that’s the right size so I’d love to make a fireplace screen similar to yours.

  3. Amy says:

    Hi, this is the best idea I’ve seen for hiding a wall unit ever! I bought a huge picture frame and it perfectly conceals our hideous 1980’s ac unit in our living room…but now it’s hot again and I really can’t stand the site of it!
    Two questions:
    1. Does the air come through the tiny vents well?
    2. How would you plug it in? Mine has a plug to the left of it about 4 inches. Ideas??

    Thanks! Love your incredible visions!!!

    • Jolie Dionne says:

      Hi Amy! I’m glad you like it. The air will come through the panel but it’s much more efficient with the cabinet doors open. We cut a hole in the bottom of the frame to allow for the cord to come out and it just runs down in behind our lamp stand. Hope this helps!

    • Jolie Dionne says:

      It would a bit yes, we usually open the doors when we’re using it for maximum air flow. I just couldn’t stand the look of it when it wasn’t being used so this was my solution. Thanks for asking!

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