Wall Air Conditioner Cover

Wall Air Conditioner Cover

An uncovered wall air conditioner can be quite an eyesore.  Looking at ours in our main living area used to drive me nuts, especially in the winter!

This cover was built from an old cabinet door and pine boards.  I honestly do not remember where this door came from, but it has served me well through many projects.  Think it has finally found its calling.

Old cabinet doors are great because they are lighter and easier to work with than larger interior wood doors as they are usually only 3/4 to 1 inch thick.  Scoring some with vintage hardware is a huge bonus.

Vintage hardware is something worth collecting.  If you see an old hinge or knob that you like, just buy it.  Adding vintage hardware enhances any project.  This cover still needs a latch, but haven’t come across just the right one yet:)

For this project and most of our trim, we use Behr Premium Ivory Lace.  Love the antique white color and it covers really well.

If you would like more info about building one of these, just let me know.  Would love to help.

hinge aire conditioner cover open


2 thoughts on “Wall Air Conditioner Cover

  1. Jena

    I love what you did with the cabinet door to hide the a/c. I have some old shutters that I want to use to cover my giant ugly wall a/c. Can you please tell me how you did this?

    Thank you!

    1. onceuponatimecreation Post author

      Hi Jena! This is actually pretty easy to make. You need to know the dimensions of your shutters so you know how big to make the opening (add about 1/8th of an inch on all sides to get the dimensions of the opening)and then work backwards to figure out the dimensions for the rest. There are basically two parts: the “box” that surrounds the air conditioner and the “frame” that is attached to the front of the box that the shutters/door are hung on. My “box” was made with 1×4’s and can be put together with screws or a kreg jig. My “frame” was made from 1×4’s on the sides and bottom and a 1×6 for the top piece. The “frame” is glued and nailed directly onto the “box”. Hang the shutters with any kind of hinges. I used vintage hinges so I could expose them on the front. I know this is a super quick tutorial, so if you have questions, please email me at jen at onceuponatimecreation.com. Good luck and thanks for visiting!


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