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    37 Home Improvement Products That Require Minimal Effort But Give Maximum Results

    No need to hire the professionals — you can make your house look brand new and fantastic all on your own.

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    1. Satin nickel switch plates so you can say goodbye to those boring, white ones your house or apartment came with. 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
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Feels quality, not flimsy. Installed in a bathroom and adds a nice classy vintage touch to my switch. The metal is not highly reflective, closer to a brushed look. Great for disguising fingerprints and blends in with other non-reflective metal hardware. When the light switch is frequently the first thing someone looks at and reaches for in a room, having a quality cover like this gets noticed and enhances a room very easily. I can't believe I'm still writing about how much I enjoy a light switch cover." —Tom Generic Dude

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89 (also available in a switch plate cover design and a combo design).

    2. Or a retro wall plate to add a pop of color that will leave you feeling like you're living in The Jetsons house every time you turn on the light.

    the vintage styled wall plates
    the wall plate covering a light switch in blue
    AtomicSurplus / Etsy

    Atomic Surplus is a small business based in Idaho that handmakes atomic-age accessories.

    Promising review: "These plates are fantastic and Sam is great to work with. I placed a large order and changed out every plate in the house. They look fantastic and I'm so happy I stumbled on Atomic Surplus. What a terrific find." —Meg Morton

    Get it from Atomic Surplus on Etsy for $30+ (available in 16 styles and 10 colors).

    3. A pack of LED battery-operated puck lights you can place underneath your kitchen cabinets or in your closet to provide some much needed light in dark corners of your home.

    The lights come with a remote that includes a dimmer, an auto-off timer, and an easy on/off switch for your convenience. You can also just simply tap on the lights to turn them off. Because they run on batteries, you won't have to go through the trouble of hiring an electrician, and they run for 100 hours before you have to replace the batteries. 

    Promising review: "Exactly what I needed! It’s super easy to install. Took me less than 5 minutes! I didn’t want to wire anything or have wires showing so this was it! They are so convenient and looks great! The remote makes it even better. It’s soooo easy to control them. I absolutely love it! I will be ordering more for my home office cubbies! Hope they last!!!" —SM

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.98 (also available in a one, three, or six pack).

    4. Or these stick-on track lights for a more uniform lighting option. The best part is you don't even have to worry about outlets or electrical wiring! It's such a simple yet effective upgrade to your kitchen, closet, bathroom, or anywhere else you plan to put them.

    Includes a remote that can adjust the brightness.

    Promising review "This is a wonderful product; just what I wanted. Super easy to install and I love that it breaks off into sections so you don’t have any hanging over to hide. The remote is awesome and there are lots of brightness settings. I’m going to use these everywhere!" —Queen Halloween

    Get the six-piece kit from Amazon for $20.99 (available in two light colors).

    5. A roll of faux-marble contact paper that can give your sad, old-looking counters a face-lift. You can also use this to transform simple pieces of furniture into more interesting pieces.

    A reviewer's newly DIYed kitchen counter
    reviewer's identical white side tables, one plain and one with white marble contact paper on the top

    Promising review: "So Pinteresting! I used this adhesive film to turn two cheap Ikea tables into less-cheap-looking Ikea tables because I'm not made of money but I would like others to believe I am. Super simple to use and a ton of it for the price I was really pleased overall. The pattern actually looks like marble, not a weird pixely repetitive pattern, so that's great as well." —Spencer House

    Get a 17"x78" roll from Amazon for $13.12.

    6. A wood polish and conditioner to give all your scratched-up hardwood floors, wood paneling, or wooden cabinets some new life. It'll also help condition, nourish and rehydrate the wood as it works to get rid of all the nicks, marks, and scratches.

    reviewer showing scratched up wood before using the polish
    reviewer showing the wood, now smooth, after using the polish

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs who jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand-new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

    7. Velvet slipcovers designed to make your couch look practically brand new, and you don't have to pay anyone to reupholster the whole thing.

    reviewer's camel stretch velvet couch cover on a large couch with text overlaid that reads
    reviewer's blue stretch velvet couch cover on a large couch with text overlaid that reads

    There are separate cushions for the covers and straps, so the cover stays in place even after lots of usage.

    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 $31.49+ (available in five sizes and 10 colors).

    8. Some peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash that'll give your kitchen a makeover without having to hire a professional. The streamlined look will instantly make your kitchen more modern.

    A reviewer showing the close up of the backsplash
    A gif of a customer cutting down the tile to fit their kitchen

    Promising review: "This peel-and-stick tile backsplash has completely changed the look of our kitchen. It was relatively easy to install and it was our first time using any peel-and-stick product. One thing we did learn is once it's on the wall...it's not coming off easily. I would highly recommend using the glass cleaner method — this will allow more time to fix your placement if you don't have it just right. Overall, this product is totally worth the price and little time it takes to apply. PS: It's a great quarantine project if you're looking for one! :)" —Nikki Moody

    Get a 10-pack of 12"x12" panels from Amazon for $32.89+ (available in five colors).

    9. Or some peel-and-stick tile if your bathroom is way too boring currently and you want to give it a chic, realistic-looking upgrade without the huge bill.

    Promising review: "This brought new life to my super boring kitchen! This was much easier than I thought and was really worried about taking on this project but I'm glad I did. Took me over three hours from start to finish." —Blood Agent

    Read the rest of this customer's in-depth review for some handy tips and tricks.

    Get six tiles from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four color schemes).

    10. A set of gold cabinet pulls so sophisticated, people will think you hired an interior designer when they see how much these transform any cabinet door or drawer you place them on.

    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 luxe 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 5-inch pulls from Amazon for $51.65.

    11. A bottle of Star Brite Mold and Mildew Stain Remover especially great for freshening up those lounge chairs that have been sitting outside since last year and have seen better days. You'll love how clean this keeps your outdoor furniture as you continue to use it throughout the year!

    Promising review: "I don't often write a review of a product. But this was so impressive, I thought I should let others know. We have a set of vinyl outdoor chairs that were constantly covered with mildew. When we were feeling ambitious, we'd take the time to power wash the chairs, which worked pretty well but was a lot of work. The problem was that a couple of days later, the mildew was back almost as bad a before. With this mildew stain remover, we sprayed the chairs, let them sit a few minutes, and hosed off with a regular garden hose. Easy. And they were cleaner than they ever got using the power washer. When we put the chairs away two months later, they were still clean." —Christine A. Simonson

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A beautiful octagonal mirror that adds personality and a little bit of glam. Plus: you get to stare at your pretty reflection in this every day. Lucky you!

    reviewer photo of the gold mirror hanging above a bathroom sink
    reviewer photo of two gold mirrors hanging over double sinks in a bathroom

    It comes with two side hooks attached to the back, but you'll need to provide your own nails or anchors.

    Promising review: "This mirror is elegant. I love the shape and color, it’s exactly what I needed in my bathroom. I bought two of them. I am very happy and satisfied with this purchase." —Shay

    Get it from Amazon for $74.61+ (available in three sizes and four frame colors).

    13. Cage pendant lights so you can get rid of the less-than-beautiful light fixtures currently in your house. These look extra fancy hanging above your bathroom sink!

    Reviewer image of two of the caged pendant lights hung above two bathroom sinks
    Different reviewer image of a closeup of the pendant lights

    The cord measures 4.9 feet. Does not include bulbs, but you can get a set of compatible Edison bulbs here.

    Promising review: "This little light is perfect for extra/accent lighting! I’m very impressed with the quality of the metal cage, and it didn’t take more than 10 minutes to install. We needed it to be shorter in order to fit in the space we wanted it, so we just trimmed the wire to our desired length. We’re very pleased with our purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.89 each.

    14. waterfall faucet — upgrading your bathroom doesn't require hiring a contractor. Even a small change like installing this will make your bathroom feel like a fancy resort!

    The silver waterfall faucet
    Reviewer image of the faucet installed in their bathroom

    If you need help changing out your bathroom faucet, follow this handy step-by-step guide!

    Promising review: "Completely beautiful and modern. It was very easy to install; I do so in a matter of minutes. This was a really nice upgrade to my bathroom." —ca mom

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in five finishes).

    15. A set of mid-century furniture leg replacements to make your couch or dresser look brand-new for a fraction of the cost of buying entirely new furniture.

    Promising review: "These legs were the perfect addition to our newly reupholstered 55 year old mid-century modern couches. Sturdy and beautifully finished in a gold/brass color, with nice mounting plates. After replacing the half-century old wooden spindle legs, the couches no longer wiggle when you sit down and are ready for another 55 years." —P L Priestley

    Get it from Amazon for $21.59+ (available in two colors and four sizes).

    16. recessed light conversion kit if you're stuck with recessed lighting but would love to change it up with something a bit more fresh. These allow you to hang whatever kind of fixture you've been dreaming about.

    Promising review: "I love this thing. It took me about 15 minutes to install this. Note: Don't try to directly drill the screws through the can. You will likely need to predrill holes in the can for the screws. I converted a recessed light into a 3-light unit that hangs above my kitchen island. The unit weighs 20 lbs, and the conversion kit handles it easily. This saves so much money instead of having to convert the recessed light to a traditional electrical box. Very simple, yet wonderful product." —Pete I.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    17. floating wooden shelf you can install on an empty wall in your kitchen. Now you'll have an aesthetically pleasing place to show off all your favorite dishware.

    the wooden shelves hanging in a kitchen and holding things like dishes, cups, and decorative pieces
    Iirntree / Etsy

    Iirntree is a small business that sells beautiful wooden furniture from shelves, to benches, to garden decor, to wall art decor.

    Promising review: "Beautiful shelf at a great price and it was securely packaged for shipping. It even came earlier than I had anticipated!" —Kandi

    Get it from Iirntree on Etsy for $31.41+ (available in various sizes and wood stain finishes).

    18. A good old-fashioned water pressure cleaner to blast all the dirt, algae, and built-up sediment off your deck. You'll find it so satisfying to see the wood literally change color before your eyes.

    reviewer using an electric power washer to clean a deck
    reviewer's dirty deck before being power washed
    reviewer's clean deck after using a power washer

    Promising review: "I love you little electric pressure washer! Oh let me count the ways...I honestly can't say enough good things about this little guy. Our deck was in serious need of a wash. I really liked the idea of a small electric pressure washer mainly for the ease of maneuverability but was unsure if it really had the power to get the job done. Oh man, let me tell you this thing is fantastic! Once I got started I couldn't stop. I was washing everything in sight. Deck, fire pit, stepping stones, planters, outside rug...I was unstoppable! I was a filthy mess from the thighs down because of all the muck flying everywhere but I didn't care, I was happy." —Larry Crouch

    Get it from Amazon for $144.49 (available in three colors).

    19. Chalk paint — apply it 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.

    Chalk paint is thick and dries quickly. And because of its consistency, you don't have to spend hours sanding. Just give your piece a quick cleaning and light sanding, and your prep work is done!

    Promising review: "I just moved and have been refinishing a lot of furniture to match my new design. This paint has been amazing. It only requires a little elbow grease (just washing furniture clean and a light sanding) and it's ready to paint and finish! So much easier than before requiring endless sanding and preparation. I did a large dresser with just half a can of this paint and it turned out great. Highly recommend." —Christina Gomes

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97+ (available in 15 colors).

    20. Interlocking Teak tiles to install on 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!

    Backyard patio covered with the tiles
    Reviewer's shower with the tiles on the bottom

    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii, you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt-proof, etc. In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. feet from Amazon for $76.31.

    21. A set of drill brush attachments for super-tough jobs like cleaning caked-on stains and soap scum on your shower door, tiles, and floor. You'll feel so powerful as you blast all that grime away — and you won't have to tire your hand and wrist out with rigorous scrubbing!

    Reviewer using the brush to clean grime out of a tub
    one of the brushes attached to a drill next to a shower pane with half still fogged up and the other super clear

    Promising review: "These brushes worked flawlessly. I have a 24-year-old home that has not been remodeled yet. The master bath shower tile and fiberglass shower pan were in pretty bad shape. We tried many types of cleaners to remove residual soap and hard water stains with little success. As a last-ditch effort, I purchased these brushes. They worked amazingly well. Using Krud Kutter and these brushes removed every bit of the dirt and polished those tiles so that they shine brilliantly like they did when they were new. I am completely satisfied with my purchase of these brushes. They are well made and held up beautifully to the forces I applied while using them." —Tom S4TX

    Get the set of three from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six colors).

    22. Peel-and-stick floor tiles you can place on the existing tiles in your bathroom or kitchen. Not only will it add a heightened level of decor, it can also cover up any scratches, cracks, or imperfections on the tiles.

    reviewer before image of a bathroom with white tiled floors
    reviewer after image of the same bathroom with grey medina floor tiles on the floor

    Promising review: "For under $100 and I redid my entire bathroom! We moved into our home two years ago and our small main floor bathroom had hideous orange mosaic tiles. We want to eventually gut and rehab our bathroom but wanted to give it a cheap facelift. Floorpops made that possible and a very inexpensive option! We used caulk to seal some of the tiny gaps and caulked around the tub and underneath the baseboards for a good seal. The tiles are not moving at all and have adhered okay." —Agnieska

    Get it from Amazon for $12.47+ (available in two colors).

    23. cabinet painting kit if your constant HGTV marathons have you wanting to redo your cabinets. Utilize this to make them look brand new without having to completely replace them.

    reviewer kitchen with dated cabinets
    after image of same kitchen with white cabinets and new hardware

    Includes two 31-oz. cans of Nuvo cabinet paint, one roller arm, two roller covers, and a 2-inch angled paint brush. Each covers 100 square feet of cabinet surface.

    Promising review: "This product was super easy to use. We went with the tips in the reviews and bought nicer foam rollers specifically for cabinets and I’m so happy I did, it made it so we barely had to use a brush because of how the foam rolls over the side. We also took the doors and handles off, which I recommend also. It definitely wouldn’t have turned out as nice if we left them on.

    This took four coats and five in the larger areas (i.e. next to the fridge, etc). Our kitchen took two kits, but well worth it and still way cheaper than the quotes that we got from professionals. It totally changes the feel of the kitchen and it looks SO MUCH BRIGHTER! I would say give yourself a few days to knock this out as it took us several nights to finish. But would highly recommend." —TJ Sarnese

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in more colors here).

    24. Magnetic garage handles and faux windows guaranteed to up the curb appeal of your house without having to spend oodles of money on new carriage-style doors.