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25 Genius Things To Help With Small DIY Projects Around The House

Things to help with those little projects when you want a change but are not ready to call in a contractor.

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1. A custom doormat kit for picky decorators who know exactly what they want and that really, they need to just create it themselves.

brown doormat with stencil, sponge brushes, and tape

It comes with a doormat, paint, paintbrushes, and a stencil that's completely customizable. You can work with the shop owner to make sure you like the design of the stencil before it's shipped.

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

2. A removable faux marble adhesive so you can make all your shelves, counters, and cabinets look extra fancy, even if they came from Ikea.


Promising review: "Used a little more than one roll for a quick makeover for an ugly fireplace in a rental apartment. It was easy to cover the tiles with the film, and I could stretch the film out about 1 mm if I had cut the strip too short. It makes a huge difference for minimal effort/price. I don't think anyone would be squinting down at the floor to notice the slightly pixelated pattern." —zhen

Get a roll from Amazon for $12.06.

3. A — get this — brick dyeing kit in case you just don't like the color of the bricks you have now. This stuff chemically bonds with brick, stone, block, and mortar without ruining its wonderful texture.

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

Masonry cosmetics, what a concept!

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.

4. A barn door hardware kit so your can turn any door into a cool door. That's right, Jess' cool closet door from New Girl can be yours! Now we wait and see if Nick Miller moves in. 🤞

black brackets that turn any door into a sliding door

Some reviewers used this kit to mount their TV!

Promising review: "After begging for a barn door for a year my hubby finally caved. We looked at Home Depot and the doors with the kits were around $500. That’s ridiculous. So we came across this set and my husband bought the wood from HD. The whole project was a little over $200 and I couldn’t be happier. It’s beautiful. Yes, the wheels are plastic but they roll very smoothly. He did say hanging the hardware was the hardest part, I guess measuring it, but he was able to do it alone. So glad that Amazon is always there for us." —Kimberly M

Get it from Amazon for $82.00 (available in sizes 5'–18').

5. An erase-a-hole putty to fill in pesky cracks in drywall, plaster, and wood so you can actually get that security deposit back, no matter how many holes you put into the wall.

a guide on how to use the stick

Promising review: "I love this stuff! It’s super easy to use and it flawlessly anything from nail holes to larger drywall anchor holes. Bonus that my walls are white and I can even get away with not repainting if I do a clean job! I hope they never stop making this stuff." —bookworm

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

6. Fake wood contact paper to transform furniture or spruce up window sills.,

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 $11.99 (available in seven colors and five sizes).

7. Stair riser decals that'll make your stairway look extra charming.

Bleucoin, VIPdecals

Each listing is for just one decal. The book option is totally customizable so you can get your favorite books!

Get the Amalfi pattern from Bleucoin on Etsy for $9.49+ (available in seven sizes) or a custom book decal from VIPdecals on Etsy for $20.

8. A wood filler kit ready to turn back the hands of time to before your cat went to town on all your chair legs.

The kit includes 12 filler shades and a brush.

Promising review: "This is super easy to use and effective for being so inexpensive! I am very impressed with how this fixed my chairs that my cat scratched up. Instead of spending $100 per new chair, I took a chance with this stuff and I’m so glad I did. You have to figure out what color matches your wood best — my teak chairs actually needed a slightly darker color or else the filler made the wood flat and more so like paint. When I went with the darker color it put the grain effect back on and looked natural." —Sara Petrouskie

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four shade ranges).

9. A set of carriage-style magnets that just pop right on. A two-second activity? That's the kind of DIY project I'm looking for.


They won't rust out at all because they're made of a super durable UV- and weather-resistant plastic.

Promising review: "If you're looking for instant curb appeal with little effort, you need to get these. These haven't moved in large rain storms or excessive wind and hopefully won't rust out like the more expensive drilled sets my neighbors have since there are no exposed screws or hardware." —SG

Get them from Amazon for $17 (available in standard and premium hinges and with the option for a lever).

10. An impressive (and affordable!) toolkit with all the basics so you can stop saying "do we have a Phillips-head screwdriver? No, that's a flathead."

a black tool kit with screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, wrenches, drill bits, and more

This tool set comes with 148 pieces.

Promising review: "Not high end but why would you expect it for the price? I've spent years around high end tools and when I moved, I couldn't bring my stocked tool chest with me. I needed something to have handy for when small projects popped up and this set does the job. Yeah, eventually I'll upgrade or send my tools across the country but for now, this set suffices. Perfect for the weekend warrior. I've used it to hang my flat screen and to tear apart my PS3 to clean it out. A set that doesn't advertise for more than it really is and for that I can respect it." —Edward S

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

11. Or a tech toolkit to help you repair all your knicknacks, gadgets, phones, and tablets. It has everything you need to tinker with anything from video game controllers to Apple Watches.

the tool kit

Promising review: "I work at a college technology center and all of our IT techs use these tools. I liked my coworker’s set so much that I had to get my own for personal use. These are hands down the BEST tools for electronic and computer repair. The lid on the toolbox serves as a hardware/screw organizer and under the box is a magnetic pad that can be removed and also used to sort out tiny screws from a phone breakdown. Nice spudgers and pry tools too. Very convenient for lifting ribbon cables on iPhones. The jimmy is flexible but sturdy and great for lifting the chassis on laptops. The bits fit screws VERY precisely, even the pentagon! The type of steel these are made of feel very hard to strip out. These tools are worth every cent! I’d emphatically recommend!" —Clockwork_Viking

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

12. Industrial pipe shelving for an impressive and rugged look. Is this your living room or the hot new gastropub that opened down the street?

black pipes with four wooden shelves

Promising review: "For starters, this is a nice clean shelving unit. It looks fantastic and wasn't hard to assemble or install at all. I did have to take the top bar off due to my ceiling being lower but it still worked out. The only downside to this was the shelves just sat on the bars so they slid easily. But I went and got some tube straps painted black and put them on. Other than that, these worked perfectly for what my wife wanted." —JC Springfield

Get it from Amazon for $94.99+ (available in three shelf sizes and three level options).

13. A set of thick velvet slip covers to instantly transform your drab couch into something new and fabulous. Goodbye, stain-covered gray couch and HELLO new couch of my HGTV dreams.

Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.

This set even comes with nonslip straps to ensure your new seats stay in place. See more colors here.

Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz

Get it from Amazon for $41.70+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

14. Tic Tac peel tiles you can stick onto your bathroom walls or kitchen backsplash for an easy (and reversible) way to transform your home.,

Promising review: "Amazing product. Wish it was just a little cheaper, but this is the cheapest I found out there so it is worth the money. I would recommend buying an adhesive spray for those who have broken or lumpy walls. But other than that I completely transformed my kitchen with these. Highly recommend this." —JM

Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two different sets).

15. Fancy brass knobs for a surprisingly noticeable difference in your kitchen or bathroom.


Promising review: "Really love these. They were inexpensive, but look top-notch. We used them in both our bathrooms. Can be used either direction for a sharp look." —Kelsey F

Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $21.99 (also available in two other finishes).

16. And some matching drawer pulls to complete the well-polished kitchen look.,

Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in 10 sizes).

17. A gallery wall kit complete with seven frames, a hanging template, hardware, and a set of black and white prints you can use as filler photos until you fill them with actual pics of your favorite memories. Sure, laying all the frames on the floor and moving them around for an hour works, but this way is so much easier and more efficient.

Promising review: "This is awesome! Why isn't everyone including the outline with exactly where to put the nails? It turned out so cute, and my husband loved how easy it was to hang! Just make sure to check you're using the right size nail prior to putting holes in your wall!" —Megan Lingerfelt

Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (available in three colors).

18. A cabinet paint set because actually replacing your cabinets is super expensive. This half-measure will give you the newly renovated feel without the newly renovated price tag.


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 so you can pretend to have the granite counters you always dreamed about.

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 $79.99+ (available in two colors).

20. StareCasing — an interesting invention that gives your otherwise "blah" staircase the upgrade it so badly needs. It easily fits over your existing situation so you can convert carpeted stairs into hardwood without having to totally renovate.

before: carpeted staircase after: glossy wood staircase

Get samples from StareCasing for $10 and see where to buy here.

21. A paisley stencil to add some pizzazz to old furniture.

A wood coffee table with the stenciled white paisley pattern on top

If you have any questions, check out this video tutorial on wall stenciling! Paisley not your things? Check out this star option.

Promising review: "I stenciled an unpainted dresser for my daughter's room and this stencil worked GREAT. If I were to do it again, I would order two stencils, as the repetitive stenciling began to clog up the stencil and the pattern became smaller and smaller as I worked — even though I tried to wash off the paint part way through the project. I used chalk paint, which is a bit heavier than your typical acrylic and I did the entire front of the dresser, not just a border." —Little Kob

Get it from Amazon for $6.61 (available in three styles).

22. A window cling that adds some privacy — and more importantly, RAINBOWS!,

When the light hits just right, it'll filter through the window film and create dazzling rainbows. Read more about this rainbow window film.

Promising review: "I'm surprised at how much I like this. I was afraid it would look cheap, but it doesn't. From the outside looking in you don't see the colors, but from inside when the light hits, it's very subtle and pleasing to the eye. It's perfect for that oddly sized window by my front door that I had to order specially made blinds for. Even then, I didn't like the blinds closed, but didn't like them open either. This solves that problem and was easy to put up with just soapy water. Big difference for little investment." —Alice Wakefield

Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (available in two styles).

23. A replacement handrail for a cool, minimalist look.

black rectangle handrail

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

24. A string of fairy lights to add some warm ambience. This must be what Owl City meant when he sang "cause I'd get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs."

coiled wire string lights

Promising review: "My room is so peaceful now because of these! I’m so happy with this purchase and I would recommend these to anyone. I hung mine with thumbtacks! It was so simple. I got the warm white and it is true to color." —April Biggs

Get a string of 200 LEDs from Amazon for $12.99.

25. And a moss wall art kit to add some natural beauty to your space. It's easy to assemble and changes over time, making it a fun and unique piece of decor.

wooden frame filled with moss and leaves

Naturely Box is a minority-owned, family-operated small business based in Los Angeles. 

Get it from NaturelyBox on Etsy for $30+ (available in four sizes).

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