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    28 DIY Home Improvement Products That Don't Require Calling A Contractor

    These things will keep you busy around the house all weekend. You're welcome?

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    1. A DIY custom doormat kit, because you'll need something unique and personal to welcome people into the fabulously upgraded home BuzzFeed is about to help you curate with this list.

    brown doormat with stencil, sponge brushes, and tape
    MichieBarnCo

    It comes with a doormat, paint, paintbrushes, and a stencil that's completely customizable!

    Get it from MichieBarnCo on Etsy for $25+ (available in four sizes).

    2. And some stair riser decals to add a similar pop of personality to another area of your home.

    black and white pattern on stairs
    Bleucoin

    There's just something so neat about looking down at an interesting design as you make your way up to where the magic happens (I'm of course talking about the upstairs bathroom).

    Get it from Bleucoin on Etsy for $12.98+ (available in seven sizes).

    3. Or a replacement handrail if you'd prefer your staircase looked sleek and minimalistic. This could be a nice, subtle way of modernizing your home without paying for major renovations.

    black rectangle handrail
    HandrailsBoutique

    Get it from HandrailsBoutique on Etsy for $50+ (available in 30 sizes).

    4. An adhesive remover to remove sticky residue from a bunch of different surfaces in your home. People with small, precious yet inexplicably messy children should stock up on this — don't pretend as if you don't know why.

    amazon.com

    Read our full review of Goo Gone! It can help you get out of all sorts of *sticky* situations.

    Promising review: "I have a terrible habit of putting chewing gum through the wash which then gets stuck all over the barrel of the dryer. For years I'd just put up with having the gunk stuck on there, but I decided to give this a try to get rid of a particularly bad lot that got stuck on. It is amazing — the gum comes straight off with very little work, and for smaller amounts of gum you only need a tiny bit of it. One bottle has lasted for ages. It's also easy to clean off the Goo Gone itself once you're done. Excellent stuff." —mech4bg

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97.

    5. An under-the-sink water filtration system if your Brita pitcher just isn't cutting it anymore. With this, you can grab a glass and drink straight from the sink like you used to do in the good ol' days, except now the water comes out the faucet already filtered to perfection!

    The system hooked up in the cabinet under a kitchen sink (it's about the size of a small fire extinguisher)
    Amazon

    It has a two-step filter that removes 99.99% of contaminants, and it comes with direct connect hoses to hook right up to the standard 3/8" valves in U.S. kitchen sinks. It's designed to be installed in under three minutes.

    Promising review: "We have town water and it seems they are putting more and more chlorine in it every year. We should be getting used to it and tasting it less and less, not more! The refrigerator filters are super expensive and weren't cutting it. Every time I put a glass to my mouth it smelled like a swimming pool. I searched the internet and decided to give this a try due to the positive reviews and affordability. Wow! easy install (I'm an avid DIYer). And the taste! The chorine taste is just gone! No more overpriced fridge filters for us. I love that the filter replacement procedure is basically the same as a fridge. Just twist and remove. We love it so much I teed off the fridge line and put a dispenser at our sink as well. The flow on this thing is just amazing! And the water tastes great! Don't waste your money on the expensive, complicated ones. My parents have a three-chambered, name brand filter at their house. It was expensive, the replacement filters are expensive, it is a pain in the petunias to replace the filters, and the flow rate is pathetic! But guess what! Our water from this filter tastes just as good as theirs at a fraction of the price, plus it's way more convenient, plus the flow rate is way better. I just can't say enough. Love, Love it! You will too!" —BJ

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    6. A window insulator kit if being inside all of 2020 made you realize how damn drafty your living room is. Think of the money you'll save on heat!

    Amazon

    This kit includes 62 x 210" of clear film and a 1/2-inch by 84-feet (1080") roll of double-sided tape. All you'll need to do is measure your window to determine the right size, cut out and apply the film, and use a hair dryer to shrink the film into an airtight lining over the window.

    Promising review: "This product kept my apartment warm and toasty last winter! I live in an older apartment and the windows are not only large, but they're also not updated to be efficient. There was draft pretty much on all the windows in the apartment so the heater just keeps kicking in to warm the place. Of course, this means an enormous heating bill. Last winter, my husband decided to try this product. We noticed the difference right away on the first night we had it installed! No more drafts and the apartment stayed pretty warm. We noticed a huge drop on our heating bill (almost $50 a month compared to the previous year). It takes some time to install it especially because we have several windows in our apartment but it's absolutely worth it! I am buying another box for this coming winter!" —D. Dacera

    Get a kit for five indoor windows from Amazon for $7.53.

    7. Or a draft stopper that attaches to the door instead of windows.

    the draft stopper attached to a door
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Strong, durable, and easy to install. I immediately noticed a difference in the temperature in the room, keeping cold air in during hot summer days." —Steve RainH2O

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    8. A leather conditioner that'll bring your old, worn-out couch back to life and have it looking like it's fresh off the showroom floor.

    a before and after photo set displaying a reviewer's couch after being treated with the leather conditioner
    amazon.com

    What's great about this product is it works on just about anything made of leather, not just fancy sofas. It can even add a layer of water protection to your boots!

    Promising review: "I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I'm not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit, my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need to use a small amount per use!" —David Horning

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    9. And a wood conditioner that'll do pretty much the same thing for your dining room table. It'll also create a protective layer that helps prevent the wood from drying out or fading.

    a dining room table with half of its wood faded and the other half treated with the wood conditioner
    amazon.com

    All you have to do is let it sit for 15 minutes and wipe. Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish to learn more. And! It has 4,700+ positive reviews on Amazon.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever... It was dry and dirty and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel — and a fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $14.49+ (available in eight size).

    10. Or a fake wood contact paper if you'd rather transform non-wood surfaces instead of taking care of furniture made out of the real thing.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome!! Bought some to cover up sun spots on a few windows before we sold our house, and couldn't believe how good it looked and how easily it installed. I could hardly tell the difference from the original wood! Recommend to anyone looking for a cheap fix!" —Trent

    Get it from Amazon for $9.08+ (available in seven colors and five sizes).

    11. A tabletop fireplace for people who'd like to convert their tiny apartments into the sort of lovely suburban houses that'd actually come with traditional fireplaces.

    1 Man 1 Garage / Etsy

    Promising review: "Bought this as an anniversary present for my boyfriend and he (we) absolutely love it! The care and detail that went into this is amazing! The wood and glass are high-quality and well-packaged and they even included s’mores forks in the kit! So great! Will definitely be purchasing more for gifts in the future!! Keep up the great work!" —April Rojas

    Get it from 1 Man 1 Garage on Etsy for $24+ (available in two styles).

    12. A curtain of twinkle lights to turn your bedroom into the sparkling winter wonderland of your dreams.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I saw a few pictures online of fairy lights with sheer curtains and loved the look. These lights in particular are perfect for what I was looking for. It gives off a warm cozy glow, and really adds a nice touch of oomph to the room." —NG

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    13. Easy-to-install expandable drawer dividers to separate your garments and make getting dressed in the morning slightly more aesthetically pleasing.

    bras and other garments separated by the diver into three rows inside a drawer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I will never be a person who folds underwear. It's never going to happen. That photo that comes with this product? Not me. But a simple tool like this turned out to be what it takes just to know where things are. Left. Center. Middle. Any organizer made of cloth was out. I wanted something rigid but adjustable. If an organizer has soft sides, it's going to end up underneath the things it's supposed to be separating.

    These fit firmly where I put them and there are no corners to snag clothing or hurt your hand on when you reach into the drawer. It's a well-engineered product. I created three sections to my large top dresser drawer by adding the partitions from front to back. I am so pleased with the difference that I am ordering two more sets so I can do my other drawers also. These OXO dividers cost more than the flimsy ones, but if I wasn't able to buy these, I would just not buy organizers." —SeattleBookMama

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A drain snake so you can avoid those ridiculous plumbing bills whenever your sink needs unclogging.

    a reviewer's drain snake covered in hair after being used to unclog a bathroom sink
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "When my wife and I moved into this new place, we noticed that there was a bit of water that just kept pooling near the drain in the shower. We tried at least two full bottles of Drano with success, but it was short-lived. A bottle of Drano costs about $6-8 for two attempts. One package of these and only ONE of the items used in this package made more short-term progress than all that Drano did. Less than $6 to save over $20 in drain cleaning products or even the prospect of hundreds from calling out a plumber? Hell yeah, I'd buy this again! Your hands will get messy but you will thank yourself for getting these. Your partner will thank you. If you have slow drains in your shower, there are only three words I can say for you to help fix that problem. Buy. This. Product." —Adam W.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. And a TubShroom that'll prevent a clogged drain in the first place. Miraculously, this handy little thing can catch hairs while never disrupting the water flow.

    a hand holding a TubShroom over the drain with hair wrapped around it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this little rubber strainer, but I needed something to save my drains from the piles of hair that fall out of my head. This thing is amazing! It fit into my standard drain perfectly, and I don't think a single hair slipped by it. It was pretty gross to see how much hair I lost in just one shower, but it was comforting to know it wasn't clogging my drain. Clean up is super easy, too. I just took a tissue and wiped it from top to bottom, grabbing all the hair as the soft rubber strainer released it all easily. Not a hair was caught in it. Best strainer I've ever had." —Lawyer For Justice

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors). Also, check out the SinkShroom and the ShowerShroom.

    16. A stainless-steel rainfall shower head that'll make you feel like you live in a 5-star hotel (minus those awful skin-drying hotel soaps).

    large silver shiny square shower head
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful shower head, very thin, but feels quite sturdy and heavy. Installation took no more than five minutes. The shower head has a very smooth, highly polished, mirror-like chrome finish. It gives a satisfying showering experience without wasting too much water. Absolutely no leaks whatsoever. Everybody in our family said they liked it. What else is there to say about a shower head?" —Sadda Reddy

    Get it from Amazon for $45.36+ (available in three sizes and two finishes).

    17. A brick dyeing kit in case you're lucky enough to have exposed brick in your home (such a cool look!) but aren't keen on the color. This stuff chemically bonds with brick, stone, block, and mortar without ruining the texture of the surface.

    before: tan brick fireplace stained with soot, after: bricks painted in grey, white, and brown
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had a brick repair on the wall in the front of my house. They did not match the rest of the brick at all, and I was embarrassed every time I walked past it. When I bought my kit, I didn’t know what to do with it at first, but I got great service. One of the Masonry Cosmetics guys helped me. I sent him samples of the brick and pictures and he figured out the stain colors for me. He also noticed something that I never would have thought of on my own: the mortar color was wrong and had me fix that first. Fixing that was the icing on the cake. Great product and even better service." —Gabe Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $119.

    18. And a cabinet paint set that'll pretty much do the same thing for your kitchen drawers and cupboards — which is MUCH cheaper than an actual renovation.

    Amazon

    The kit comes with two cans cabinet paint, a roller arm, two roller covers, and an angled paint brush; it requires no stripping, priming, or top coat or sealer, and there's no need to remove your cabinet doors.

    Promising review: "Amazing! Amazing! Amazing. Did take more than one coat though. My cabinets were bare wood and I still needed a couple of coats. (Five to be exact, but that was just me being extra.) My kitchen is medium-sized, not too big, and it only took up one can. But I still went over a couple more times just to get a nice coating. I also let it sit for some days and saw the wood was sucking up the paint in some areas so I went over it again. The project ideally does take one day like the promotion video says, but one day as in 24 hours. This took my kitchen from looking like a cheap rental apartment kitchen to a high-quality kitchen with just this paint and new knobs. The paint is perfect for cabinets — it's not too thick, so you still see the wood grains. It comes with EVERYTHING you need. I didn't have to buy a thing. The project is super easy, paint dries fast, and I did it at first by removing the cabinets but it wasn't necessary at all. Just make sure you don't leave any dripping because it would make your cabinets look cheap. I would recommend EVERYONE to purchase this and give your cabinets a chance before making a big investment in new cabinets. Wood is wood and it can be refinished." —Brandon Moronta

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (also available in gray, deep brown, mint, black, and white).

    19. Or a countertop paint kit to take your faux-renovations a step further and make it seem as if you have super posh granite countertops — we won't tell anyone your secret if you won't.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I found out about this kit a few weeks ago. I redid my mother's countertops first and was so pleased with the results, I bought a second kit and did mine this weekend. I am not a crafty person, so if I can do it, anyone can. Just be sure you follow the step-by-step instructions on the included DVD. They came out great!" —Sarah W. Fallon

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in four colors).

    20. A pack of clear bumper stickers (no, not the kind that go on cars) to make your home a much quieter place. These will keep your drawers and cabinets from slamming shut, even if your house is haunted by very petty and rambunctious ghosts.

    Photo collage of the transparent stickers applied on different surfaces
    Amazon

    Promising review: "So my parents’ bathroom cabinets make a lot of noise and are all missing bumpers in the corners of the doors and on the frames. I put these on the other day and life is sweeter without having to hear the cabinet doors slamming or closing each time they’re opened. With the bumpers being clear and not of a color, it’s also aesthetically pleasing." —KW

    Get a 300-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. A kitchen cabinet pull out drawer to store anything from canned goods to cutting boards.

    the pull out drawer holding wine bottles and canned goods
    Wayfair

    It'd be wise to store things in here that you reach for frequently in the kitchen, like your favorite spices or your best baking tray, while leaving items that you only use once in a while up in the cupboard.

    Get it from Wayfair for $57.99.

    22. A mini bottle of touch-up paint that'll cover up small, cosmetic imperfections that may be visible on your walls or furniture (such as chips, scratches, stains, etc.).

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free. This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a life saver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in nine shades).

    23. A simple yet effective Command hook that can be used to hang pretty much anything. Hats, coats, keys, scarfs — lions, tigers, bears, oh my.

    Target

    (No, you should not actually try to hang a lion or a tiger or a bear from this Command hook.)

    Get it from Command at Target for $7.99.

    24. A garbage disposal cleaner to rid your home of unpleasant odors that come from particles stuck in your machine's pipes. Bonus: It has a fresh lemon scent.

    a garbage disposal in the process of being cleaned
    Glisten

    Promising review: "Holy cow I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naïve thinking, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. So of course, I had to try it. Very simple instructions: it literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch ;-). Worth every penny!" —VadersGirl

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.10.

    25. A pumice cleaning stone for stains on your toilet that are too stubborn for a flimsy brush.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had very hard water buildup and nasty stains. It was embarrassing to have guests over because the toilets were so gross! I tried so many products and cleaning solutions, from natural essential oils to harsh chemicals so strong I was lightheaded for the rest of the day. I tried this pumice stone after reading about it in a BuzzFeed article, and honestly the hype is real! It does take some elbow grease, but the after picture (above) is from only 20 minutes of scrubbing — light enough that I didn’t break a sweat! The stone does get used up, but I think this one should last me a couple of years at least. If you have embarrassing toilets, try this!"—Stephanie Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    26. A faucet grip that'll give your green thumb some much-needed assistance while tending to your lawn or garden.

    the faucet grip attached to a faucet
    The Grommet

    This big ol' grip adds size and leverage to any outdoor faucet, which is great for people with limited mobility who tend to have trouble with small handles.

    Get it from The Grommet for $7.95.

    27. A grout pen to...well...hide dirty grout. Because just painting over the dirt is the perfect chore for lazy adults.

    Amazon

    An important note here is this pen doesn't *remove* grout, which is a much more involved process. It simply *colors* the grout with nontoxic ink. Think of it as whiteout for your bathroom floors.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    28. Storage bin decals, because no BuzzFeed list would be complete without some good ol' organizational content. This one goes out to everyone who has a label of some sort on damn near every container in their home.

    the decals attached to two drawers that read 'vegetables and "fruits"
    FairyDustDecals / Etsy

    Each pack has labels for fruits, vegetables, eggs, butter, yogurt, sauces, condiments, and cheese. If you have specific words you want, you can also message the seller for custom decals, too!

    Promising review: "Absolutely love them. These are so stinking cute and super easy to put on. Thank you!" —Sarah Sanchez

    Get it from Fairy Dust Decals on Etsy for $15.99+ (available in 5 sizes and 25 colors.)

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