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    27 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Home

    From updated bathtubs to gorgeous walls — here are some affordable projects you might be able to get done without the help of a professional.

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    1. Restore stained grout on your tiled floors and walls with a grout pen that's mold-resistant and covers up to 60 meters of grout area.

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    Promising review: "I have 12-inch white tile in my whole house that is 20 years old. Even though I have kept it looking nice, the grout still was getting dark. I cleaned the grout and let it dry good 'til the next day then used the grout pen. It looks like it is brand new. One thing that I found out was that if the tip of the pen starts to look worn you can just pull it out and turn it over — it is the same tip on both ends. It will take some time to do the whole house but it looks so great that I will just do a section at a time 'til I finish. One other thing that I did was run my finger down the grout line after I apply the grout pen then wipe down the tile line with a paper towel so no other clean-up was necessary." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three colors and two sizes).

    2. Add a peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash to give your kitchen (or bathroom) an upgrade that doesn't require any actual tiling work.

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    Promising review: "I have planned to install a backsplash in our kitchen for a long time now but I hate tiling and grouting. I did a ton of research on vinyl peel and stick tile and knew it would be the best product for me. No mess, quick install, don't have to seal any grout, and overall a simple process. I watched a lot of install videos and purchased a cutting mat, a good box cutter, and a straight edge. The most tedious part is overlapping the grout lines, you do have to be a perfectionist and patient for this part or the tiles will look off. I knew I would be caulking around all the edges so I didn't focus on making the edge tiles straight because if they were uneven at the bottom they would be covered by caulk but you have to keep them as level as possible. Overall the project took about half a day and I do get compliments on it." —xliu

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in eight designs).

    3. Or go with a more colorful peel-and-stick faux-gel tile backsplash that's mold-, heat-, and moisture-resistant.

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    Promising review: "We did a kitchen facelift this summer, repainting and making everything look fresh. We were looking at the The Home Depot version of these, which are more than double the price. We decided to go for these instead and they are amazing!! I put them up myself in about two hours. I did buy the adhesive spray just in case but it wasn’t needed, even for the few I had to peel off and re-stick to center correctly. These aren’t too difficult to apply but definitely require patience. 100% worth the buy for a DIY affordable update!" —Hope Consilvio

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $34.97.

    4. Swap your old cabinet and drawer handles to update your kitchen without having to do any renovations.

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    Promising review: "These handles are great! I love the look of the cup drawer handles but did not want to spend $5/handle at the big box home improvement store. At this price for 10, you cannot beat the price of these — I did have to purchase longer screws in order to install them though. Otherwise, this is a great product!" —Nelly and her Nerd

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $24.95.

    5. Convert any nook, cranny, or shabby closet into an organized oasis without having to drill a single hole — by securing an adjustable clothing rack that suctions onto your floor and ceiling.

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    Promising review: "This product has been a true lifesaver!! The installation was super easy. It took less than 10 minutes to put up. The product is very high quality. The poles are sturdy and don't sag, even under heavy loading. I've had this product for about a month and a half and it's held everything perfectly. The only suggestion I would give when installing is to make sure that you're suctioned adequately to the floor and ceiling. Securing the suction cups is critical. I can hang approximately 150 lbs. of clothes with no trouble at all and no closet required!" —Andrea Christiani

    Get it from Amazon for $69.85.

    6. Refinish your tub using a simple two-part kit that's moisture- and corrosion-resistant and will have you soaking in your gorgeous new tub in just about three days.

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    Promising review: "After reading tons of reviews on this product, I decided to purchase this. Boy am I glad I did! This stuff worked wonders on our old 1980s tub. I would always scrub the tub but no matter how hard, the stains wouldn't come out. I've posted a photo of the before and after. Do yourself a favor and buy this to save yourself tons of $!" —Lauren Lewis

    Get it from Amazon for $24.67+ (available in three colors).

    7. Create a charming accent wall with peel-and-stick paper that can be easily removed when it's time to get your security deposit back.

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    Promising review: "I'm very happy with this! The wall I put it on is about 9 ft. wide by 8 ft. high, there is one window, and my baseboards are about 6 inches high — I ordered three rolls but only used two (with waste). Our house is VERY old so the walls are not flat and the corners are not an even 45 degrees, that's why I had more waste than I think I would have in a newer home. I did not have trouble matching the pattern (I recommend matching up the side from top to bottom then smoothing it out from there rather than going from top to bottom). I was able to cut around the windows with ease; repositioning was easy. It's a little awkward at first, but once you get the first piece up it the rest is easy. I did this myself and it took about two and half hours (it took about 40 minutes just to get started because our walls are so wonky, so I imagine a flat plumb wall would be much faster). I used a flat plastic paper-smoothing tool to smooth it out as well as the palms of my hands. I wouldn't hesitate to use this product again." —Common Sense

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    8. Reseal all those unsightly cracks in your tub and tile by filling them up with caulk sealant to help make your bathroom look new again.

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    Promising review: "I use this to seal cracks in the grout between tiles or around a tile shower base. It's resistant to mold, and it is the best thing to put around a toilet because it cleans up easily after installation without staining the floor surface. Typical silicone caulk will leave a mark on the floor, is not as easy to remove, and is much messier to clean up following an install; this just washes off your hands and tools with soap and water. This version is white, which looks nice and clean and fresh when new, but I have also used the clear version, which blends in better in most applications where the material is colored." —NY Lawyer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.54.

    9. For under $20 you can convert your recess lighting into pendant lighting using a simple conversion kit — super-gorgeous lights you get to pick out based on your taste and preferences not included.

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    Promising review: "I recently installed three of these to convert can lights into track lights and they worked perfectly. After I installed the first one, which took about 20 minutes, the other two went in in about 10 minutes each. The finished product looks great. The medallions look good on my ceiling. The base of the track lights fit into them perfectly. You could also not use the medallions if the base of your fixture is large enough to cover the can light. This is a quick and easy way to convert lights." —Earth Spirits

    Get it from Amazon for $15.55.

    10. Or you can upgrade your recess lighting with easy-to-install medallions to help add a little character.

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    Promising review: "Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love how these transformed my outdated lights! I wish installation instructions were included but I was able to drill some holes and attach them with screws." —Barbara Spear

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. Clip on these magnetic cover shades to your recessed lighting that would normally just be an exposed bulb.

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    Get a set of two from eBay for $7.50 (plus $14.93 shipping).

    12. Get the appliances you've always wanted for a fraction of the price with a liquid stainless-steel range and dishwasher kit.

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    Promising review: "My stove and wall oven turned out awesome. The first few coats are a little daunting, but the finished product is well worth it. You definitely need to take your time and wait at least an hour between coats. On the last coat, I used a small foam roller. I would recommend this product for an inexpensive update." —Laci Nomis

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    13. And for a little bit more you can get a liquid stainless-steel fridge kit that'll help transform your giant icebox.

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    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this liquid stainless-steel paint! I had a black textured fridge, so I was nervous how it would look, but it turned out great! Very easy to use. I removed the door handles (and primed them, as recommended, before painting), removed the bottom grill and snapped off the water/ice dispenser (I did not paint them). Cleaned the fridge and started rolling on the paint, then used the 11-inch foam tool to make it pretty! I did five coats (but really could have stopped at three). Then did three coats of the top coat. I really did not notice a difference between one and three coats of the top coat. I did all sides and the top of the fridge and still have enough left over for my double oven. Everyone has been impressed!" —robert

    Get it from Amazon for $77.55.

    14. Bulk up your baseboards with paint and extra trim instead of replacing them.

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    See the full tutorial at The House of Smiths.

    Get a ¾" x ¾" x 78" piece of wood trim from The Home Depot for $14.98 and some paint from Amazon for $3.63+ (available in 18 colors and two sizes).

    15. Upgrade your countertops to faux granite with a DIY paint kit instead of spending a fortune to replace it.

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    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 $68.95+ (available in four colors).

    16. Give your house the perfect red lip by painting your front door a rich red color (or any color!).

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    Promising review: "WOW, this exceeded all our expectations. Easy to apply, dries very fast, and it's holding up very well. It's been over a year since we painted the front doors and they look great. They are easy to clean too." —Rimfire

    Get it from Amazon for $38.07+ (available in 24 colors).

    17. And cover door scuffs and prevent new damage with a metal kick plate.

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    Promising review: "Bought this to replace an old tarnished plate that was over 16 years old. The size was right, 34" x 6". It's lightweight but had a very nice finish after you remove the protective plastic coating. Arrived nicely packaged by Amazon with no damage. Really dresses up the door. I really like it! Also came with a bag of extra screws." —davidaustin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.65.

    18. Add molding on top of cabinets to give them that built-in, custom-made look.

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    Check out the selection of molding available at The Home Depot.

    Get the full tutorial from Remodelando La Casa.

    19. Paint your cabinets to give your kitchen that just-remodeled feeling for pennies versus what it would cost to replace them.

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    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).

    20. Get some serious curb appeal by sanding down and painting rusted railings.

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    Get the full tutorial from Remodelando la Casa and find wire brushes that attach to your drill and help break down all the rust for $12.99 and spray paint for $5.94 on Amazon.

    21. Update light switches to solar-programmable switches to help give your home a fresh look and a tech upgrade.

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    Promising review: "After a year of use, this solar timer is fantastic. We use it to run our outside lights from dusk 'til dawn, and they turn on at just the right time at night, just as things are getting dim. It does require a neutral connection, so be aware of that. Programming was pretty easy once you get the hang of it, and once it is set you pretty much never touch it again and just take it for granted." —Bill

    Get it from Amazon for $31.85.

    22. Add privacy and a touch of elegance with "leaded-glass" film that'll make your windows and glass doors look super expensive.

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    Promising review: "Was initially skeptical but it's a great price and looks nice. Could it be this easy and quality? I was amazed how easy it was — if you follow directions and don't forget to peel off the back before installation. I used it as a privacy section on my all-glass shower. Took me literally 30 minutes to apply. My girlfriend said it looked like it was professionally installed. Great find!" —Martin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.09.

    23. Line the inside of your cabinets, wrap the top of an old piece of furniture, or upgrade your favorite Ikea frame with vinyl marble gloss contact paper.

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    Promising review: "This wrap completely transformed my desk! I had to order two to cover everything, but nonetheless, my desk looks amazing and everyone who walks into my room notices. It's not a super-thin vinyl, so if there are tiny imperfections/scratches where you want to place it, it will be covered! I've never used a vinyl wrap before so I was a little nervous, but surprisingly, it was super easy to apply and I finished up in less than 10 minutes." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    24. Update the showerhead and faucet in your bathroom to give yourself a mini spa experience.

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    Promising review: "Easy to install and it looks great. It isn't made from heavy-duty metal, but I am in a rental and I want something to last while I'm here. I wash my dog super often due to allergy issues with his skin. This helps a TON! No more plastic cup and 10-minute bath for pup and human! I just tested his bath time at two and half minutes 😂. Instructions have a step-by-step guide with diagrams." —Rachel Humphrey

    Get the showerhead for $24.99 and the faucet for $34.99+ (available in four finishes) from Amazon.

    25. And consider these useful tips for upgrading your bathroom.

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    Get more tips and find all the products you'll need to upgrade your bathroom at Decor Planet.

    26. Add a fresh coat of paint to get that pop of color (or to get rid of it) and give your home a touch-up without costing you a fortune.

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    Check out all the paint color options on Amazon, and see all the ways you can update your space with paint.

    Promising review: "Love this paint! Coverage was great...I didn't even need two full coats, just one and touch-ups. Comes with stir stick and opener, which is also a bonus. The color was true to the image. Would definitely buy this brand again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get this paint for $40.99+ (available in 42 colors and in seven finishes).

    27. And you can install nickel-plated soft-close hinges to give even your older-than-old cabinets a sturdy and gentle feel.

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    Promising review: "These are really nice quality hinges, and the soft-close feature works great. It slowly pulls the cabinet door closed, and prevents slamming. We have a trash can cabinet, and installation of these hinges has stopped the daily noise of closing that door. Mounting hardware is included which is a nice plus." —Keo

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $22.48 (also available in 25- and 50-packs).

    Now we said we wouldn't need help for these improvements, but we'd make some exceptions.

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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