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    39 Ways To Upgrade Your Home That Are Both Easy *And* Affordable

    No need to hire a contractor or an interior designer — you can transform your space all on your own.

    1. Give all your scratched-up hardwood floors, wood paneling, or wooden doors a new life with this miracle polish. It'll also help condition, nourish and rehydrate the wood as it works to get rid of all the nicks, marks, and scratches.

    2. Switch out your boring switch plate covers with these brass ones. It's a simple way to make something you touch and look at every day appear so much chicer.

    Franklin Brass outlet cover in a satin nickel color and detailed edge

    3. Place some artificial monstera stems in your favorite vase to instantly add some color and dimension to your space. No watering required!

    4. Or if you'd rather take on some real plants, try out one from Bloomscape, which breaks down important info like the size of the plant, difficulty, light requirements, if it's pet-friendly, and how it cleans the air. They've got your back when it comes to plant parenthood!

    large ZZ plant in a blue pot that's sitting on the floor

    5. Now that you have your new plant baby, place it one of these gorgeous seagrass baskets. No need to repot — just plop it right in!

    6. In fact, order a few of them and transform a couple into these really interesting-looking pendant lights:

    A Pair & A Spare's blog photo of two pendant lights made with seagrass baskets

    7. Is your bathroom way too boring? Try adding some peel-and-stick tile to the walls to give it a chic, realistic-looking upgrade without the huge bill.

    Reviewer's bathroom with the tile applied above the sink for natural looking backsplash

    8. And if you want to modernize your kitchen, try out some peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash. Your kitchen will look more streamlined, and people will think you hired a professional to do it.

    tile installed into kitchen

    9. Don't forget about lighting! Get rid of the boring light fixtures your house or apartment came with and replace them with these cage pendant lights. They look extra fancy hanging above your bathroom sink!

    10. And if you're stuck with recessed light, use a recessed light conversion kit and hang whatever kind of fixture you've been dreaming about.

    Reviewer image of a bathroom that used the kit to turn recess lighting into pendant lighting

    11. Instantly make your kitchen look more sophisticated with these vintage-style glass lights with Edison bulbs. See...good lighting fixtures really do make all the difference!

    Reviewer image of three pendants above a counter top in a reviewer's kitchen

    12. Dress up a plain space by installing a DIY art ledge by hanging narrow shelves. This works especially great on smaller walls because it'll help your eye move across the room, which will help the space appear bigger. And now you finally have a place to display those prints and photos you've been meaning to hang up for forever now!

    13. Give your visitors a colorful greeting by applying a fresh coat of paint to your front door. Just looking at this beautiful blue door is making me smile!

    Reviewer's front door painted in a bold blue

    14. Once you paint your door, go above and beyond and add these retro-style address numbers. Yes, your front door just became the best-looking one on the block.

    A bright blue door with retro style address numbers attached

    15. If you have glass windows that can't be blocked by curtains or blinds, place some frosted film on them to finally get some privacy! It also looks fantastic on glass-door cabinets.

    16. Add a playful pop of color to your couch or bed with these throw pillow covers. The fun pom-pom border will add a whimsical touch to an otherwise plain room.

    Emerald green pillow covers with pom pom accents bordering entire pillow

    17. Come to think of it, it's probably time you upgraded your bedding situation. May we suggest this very sleek duvet cover with an simple but eye-catching print?

    Light gray striped duvet on a bed

    18. Hang up this multifunctional shelf in either your kitchen or bathroom to add both storage and some wall decor. It even comes with those hooks to hang your utensils on.

    19. Install interlocking Teak tiles in your patio, balcony, or backyard to make your little slice of the outdoors look like a fancy courtyard. Don't have any outdoor space? You can put them at the bottom of your shower — instant spa status!

    20. Use a roll of faux-marble contact paper to give your sad, outdated fireplace a much-needed facelift. You can also use this to transform simple pieces of furniture into more interesting pieces or to upgrade your kitchen counters!

    Reviewer's progress photos of using marble paper to individually cover each brick tile on their fireplace

    21. If you're sick of staring at all those half-empty, mismatched bottles in your bathroom, switch to these glass jars and bottles with pumps to hold everything from cotton balls to your body wash.

    22. And to go the extra organizational mile, add your own custom labels on each jar. Just look how satisfying those labeled jars look!

    cotton swabs and cotton ball jars with labels

    23. Instead of throwing out your old couch, try out some thick velvet slip covers with nonslip straps so the covers actually stay in place. There are separate covers for each cushion, which will make it look like you completely reupholstered your couch.

    24. Get rid of your heavy curtains and opt for a sheer option instead. It'll both heighten the room and brighten up your space as it lets light in.

    Reviewer's living room with sheer curtains hung on each window that creates a light air vibe

    25. Add magnetic garage handles to up the curb appeal of your house without having to spend oodles of money on new carriage-style doors.

    26. Add some chalk paint to any hand-me-down furniture that's seen better days. Chalk paint is actually ideal for furniture because it adheres well with very little prep work.

    Reviewer's before/after of an old piece of furniture that was painted white and looks more modern and clean

    27. Transform a blank wall into an eye-catching design element with a stencil. Are you bored with how plain your home office looks? I think we just found the perfect way to dress it up.

    A big design painted over a desk using the stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils

    28. Give an empty shelf a sophisticated upgrade with this Venus de Milo candle. Might as well place it next to your perfume collection because this thing just exudes luxury.

    Venus candle next to Chanel perfume for size reference (about the same height)

    29. Upgrading your bathroom doesn't require hiring a contractor — even a small change like installing a waterfall faucet will make your bathroom feel like a fancy resort!

    30. Makeover your bathroom or kitchen with some peel-and-stick floor tiles. Not only will it add a heightened level of decor, it can also cover up any scratches, cracks, or imperfections on the tiles.

    31. Use a picture-hanging tool to make the stressful act of hanging a gallery wall much easier. It's a tape measure with a built-in level, and it'll help you mark the correct spots for super-simple picture hanging on the first try.

    Six photos showing the progression of using the tool to easily hang frames evenly

    32. OR! Let the professionals at Framebridge help you out — they'll send you expertly designed templates you can follow, and they'll also frame and matte your favorite photos, so you'll end up with a picture-perfect result!

    Gallery wall with different frames and styles

    33. To add a fun, extra detail to your gallery wall, apply copper tape around pictures frames or in an abstract design.

    Two frames with copper art and one with copper taped around the matte

    34. If you have an empty corner in your house, hang a macrame chair from the ceiling to create a boho-chic reading corner to curl up in.

    Reviewer image of the chair hung up in the corner of a room

    35. Transform any cabinet door or drawer with these gold cabinet pulls so sophisticated, people will think you hired an interior designer when they see how good they look.

    reviewer pulling gold pull on kitchen cabinet
    different reviewer's bathroom with black cabinets and gold pulls installed on drawers and cabinets

    Promising review: "If you have any doubts in your mind about these handle pulls.... don't!!! They are absolutely stunning in person. They are heavy and have a lux weighted feel and look to them. The brushed brass gleams the perfect amount. I truly get so happy every time I walk into my kitchen. These handle pulls make it magnificent. They're like jewelry for your kitchen. I couldn't be happier with them." —Ravi S

    Get a set of 10 five-inch pulls from Amazon for $51.65.

    36. Putting a set of modern furniture leg replacements on your couch or dresser will make them look brand-new for a fraction of the cost of buying entirely new furniture.

    Reviewer image of a gray console with acrylic legs installed

    37. Or! Completely transform a thrifted piece of furniture by changing out the legs for hairpin legs. I mean, just LOOK at this tranformation! It's like a totally different piece of furniture!

    Reviewer image using the hairpin legs to turn an old table into a TV stand

    38. Apply some peel-and-stick wallpaper to create a bold statement wall in your living room or bedroom without having to paint. It'll instantly give your space a whole new look!

    A living room with one wall covered in the constellation-print wallpaper in Frost

    39. And before you start the wallpapering process, make sure you read up on how to properly measure and apply it so you don't end up with lots of air bubbles or uneven lines.

    Now, go live out your best HGTV dreams.