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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.

    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).