How to hide an ugly kitchen boiler that's too big for a cupboard

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How to hide an ugly kitchen boiler that's too big for a cupboard
Make your boiler disappear. (hikesterson/iStock/Getty Images)

A large kitchen boiler is a great item to have for cooking and canning, but it can also be a problem because of its size. Most appliance covers will not fit over a boiler because of the protruding handles. You can hide the boiler by incorporating it into your kitchen decor With a bit of material, some vines and flowers, you can transform your boiler into a work of art. All materials can be easily found at any home craft supply store.

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Things you need

  • Sewing tape measure
  • Material
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine, or needle and thread
  • Sticky back Velcro
  • 60 cm (2 foot) length of grape vine
  • Silk flowers
  • Wine bottles (optional)

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  1. 1

    Measure the diameter and the height of the boiler. Write the measurements down and take them with you to the local craft or sewing shop. Buy a section of material that is at least 5 cm (2 inches) longer and 5 cm (2 inches) wider than the actual measurements.

  2. 2

    Tuck the top and bottom edges over so that 2.5 cm (1 inch) of the face of the material is folded over the backside of the material. Sew the edges down from the back to the front.

  3. 3

    Fold a 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of material over on both ends and sew them. Sewing all sides creates a hem that will not unravel.

  4. 4

    Place a strip of Velcro on the back of one end of the fabric. Wrap the fabric around the boiler, and mark the location where the end of fabric with Velcro stops on the opposite end of the fabric. Place a strip of Velcro on the front side of the opposite end of the fabric. The fabric should wrap around the boiler and stay held in place by the Velcro.

  5. 5

    Set the boiler on a stool in the corner of the kitchen. Turn the lid upside down and fill it with coloured glass stones and set a candle in the centre of the stones. You can also remove the lid. With the lid off, set wine bottles in the boiler and tuck silk flowers between the bottles.

  6. 6

    Cut a section of grape vine and wrap it around the long handle. Let a portion of grape vine drape over the stool, or just arrange it to suit your own personal taste.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make a wrap out of any material you choose, and fill the pot with decorations that match your kitchen.
  • It is easier to sew the 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) hems if you iron the folded fabric first to hold the fold.
  • Use decorations that can be easily removed and replaced whenever you want to use the boiler.
  • Quickly hide the boiler by setting it on a stool. Cover the boiler with a box, and cover the box with a piece of material. Place a vase of flowers on top of the box, or set candles on top of the box.

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