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    34 Small Things You Can Do To Make Your Home Look So Much Better

    As evidenced by the actual real-life living spaces of BuzzFeed folks.

    Jess Probus

    1. Even seemingly useless things can become building materials.

    Ashley Ford

    "I got a new bed and didn't know what to do with the wooden slats from my old frame, so I bought some L-brackets (.97 a piece!) and turned them into shelves."

    2. Create privacy even when you have see-through doors by frosting the glass yourself.

    3. Tables don't always have to be tables.

    Jess Probus

    "When we moved in we didn't have a side table but for some reason we did have a burlap coffee bag and twine so I wrapped it around a paint bucket (that still has paint in it and belongs to my landlord...please don't tell her where it went) and I haven't changed it since."

    4. Make gardens out of unexpected items.

    5. Also: bars.

    6. Plants — especially when they're different sizes — can make a space look so much livelier.

    7. Hack an Ikea bookshelf if you don't want to cover up your walls with bulky furniture.

    8. Stain or paint cheap furniture to really make it yours.

    9. Wall art doesn't need to be complicated or pricey.

    10. Repurposing is way cheaper than the Anthro/Urban Outfitters/West Elm alternative.

    Conz Preti

    "I wanted a little shelf thingie for my KidRobot collection but was not willing to pay $180 for the one I fell in love with at Urban. Soooo I found this old bottle-holder in a thrift store, removed the wooden handle and made it into this."

    11. (Especially when the thing you want is...unusual.)

    Jess Probus

    "I really wanted a wooden hashtag covered with moss that I saw online (idk?) but it was $100 so I bought a $5 bag of moss and glued it to some cardboard."

    12. That said, a few nice pieces of hardware can make a ton of difference.

    13. Well-hung twinkle lights don't look dorm-y (and can help offset a crappy overhead lamp. )

    14. Framing isn't the only way to display art.

    15. And you don't necessarily have to hang your art on the wall.

    Julie Gerstein

    "When you have a ton of art, like we have a ton of art, these long narrow shelves from Ikea do the trick of holding a lot of pieces. (And yes, those are Nic Cage masks peeking out the end)."

    16. Making your own headboard is way easier than it looks.

    Kristen McElhone

    "My headboard was made from an old room divider. It had four big panels originally, but I only needed two. We spray painted the frame black and removed the silvery felt curtains and replaced them with a fun pink fabric."

    17. If you hate your lighting, just add more.

    18. Don't forget to spruce up your shelves.

    19. Add a touch of the paranormal.

    Louis Peitzman /

    "I found this on the street outside my apartment and decided I wanted to hang it up. I am now 100 percent convinced it is haunted."

    20. (It keeps your guests on their toes.)

    Jess Probus

    "I found this crappy mirror at a $.99 store (although it was actually $5) and painted it white with eyes to go on our occult wall."

    21. Get lulzy.

    22. Turn the thing you loathe into the thing you love.

    Julie Gerstein

    "Who doesn't hate work lingo? My boyfriend hand-cut this "please advise" banner and hung it over the bed, which hahaha."

    23. Even the tiniest gardens still have room for a few flowers.

    Rachel Sanders
    Rachel Sanders

    "After only planting herbs in my tiny fire escape garden for a few years, I finally gave in to my more whimsical instincts and planted some flowers (poppies and snapdragons) this spring. Occasionally I'll snip a few and put them in a vase, but mostly I just enjoy seeing their pretty little faces right outside the window. They make me so happy! Flowers rule! Don't not plant flowers!"

    24. Accent walls are our lord and savior.

    Joanna Borns

    "I painted one blue accent wall ("Mosaic Blue," to be exact) and added a cheap rug from Ikea and now I feel so fancy."

    25. Add a personal touch with DIY coasters.

    Megan Paolone

    "When I moved into my first apartment in college, I made coasters from 20-cent Home Depot tiles and Mod Podge featuring my and my roommates' favorite albums. They were a nice little touch that made our place feel that much more homey, and were always a hit among other friends and visitors at parties ('Where did you get those?! I want my own!'). Now the coasters — which I've continued to make periodically with more album covers, Instagrams, and family photos — have become a staple in my gift giving for friends and family."

    26. If a piece of furniture doesn't totally work for your purposes, modify it.

    Susie Armitage

    "I bought a little Rast dresser and took out the top drawer, copying the second photo here. I put shoes where the top drawer would be. The bottom drawer hides my ugly black internet router cord.

    I'm not uber crafty and had never painted furniture before and I definitely didn't follow all the rules (like, I didn't sand I don't think) but for my purposes it's fine. "

    27. Like, you really need not spend any money whatsoever.

    Erin Chack

    "My entire living room cost me less than $110 because I am a parasite apparently. I spent the most on pillows??? "

    28. Craigslist has the best gems.

    Erin Chack
    Erin Chack
    Erin Chack

    "Also: My kitchen has no counter space so I brought this Craiglisted cart all the way from the Lower East Side to Astoria (I live very far from the subway). It was a very fun night (not)."

    [Ed. note for people who do not live in New York City: that is a distance so vast that many lesser mortals have turned back and/or perished in the charge.]

    29. Even a small dining space can feel open and bright if you set the area apart with a rug and some art.

    Anita Badejo

    "I got the table and chairs off of Craigslist, the rose gold wire bowl on sale at Target, the rug for $6 at Century 21, the art at Ikea, and the books are all from the BuzzFeed library! My favorite color is yellow, and I love that this feels like a bright, cheery place to sit down and enjoy a meal or chat."

    30. Don't have the right tools? No problem.

    Anita Badejo

    "I recycled them from my old place and re-installed by myself without a leveler or ruler, using a New Yorker issue to keep things straight and to measure... Somehow, it worked, so I'm pretty happy with myself."

    31. Never underestimate the power of moms. (Or wine.)

    Kristen McElhone

    "My mom built me the bar cart from a short, simple bookcase. She added wheels and screwed in a wine rack and towel bar. We finished it off with monogrammed glasses, a bottle opener, and a cocktail recipe book, all antiques."

    32. Simply rearranging your books can work wonders.

    Rachel Sanders

    "My former roommate taught me the art of arranging books in a magical way where you stack some of them horizontally and it looks like you're an artistic book wizard, even though all you did was match up the trim sizes. You can also leave little showcase spots for books that are especially cute or of sentimental value. Yes, it is occasionally kind of a disaster to extract a book from the bottom of a stack, but how often do you REALLY re-read Middlemarch, anyway?"

    33. Especially if they're COLOR-CODED.

    Julie Gerstein

    "I found this ladder outside my building one day, and because I have no qualms about taking stuff off the street like a weird thief I took it in, and made it a book shelf. Things look way better when they are color-coded, BTW."

    34. Sometimes all you need are some tchotchkes and a dog/footrest.

    Joe Bernstein

    "I can't take credit for this but my friend Katya put a bunch of cool knick-knacks on my mantel and I think it looks nice. Included: a cool photo, a cool postcard, a silhouette of my mom when she was a lil'un, and a weird obelisk I woke up with one night after drinking heavily."

    Do you have any tips, tricks, or details in your home you're especially proud of? Show 'em off in the comments!