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19 Real-Life Home Upgrades That Are Actually Doable

Actually wow.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to show us the renovation project they're most proud of and they really came through. Here are some of our favorites!

1. This narrow staircase that weirdly appeared a whole lot wider after a fresh paint job.

—aliahb

2. This butchers block kitchen island that was pieced together from a spare bookcase and some table legs.

—nw1749214Oh, and a vintage dresser so you have drawers for functionality.
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Oh, and a vintage dresser so you have drawers for functionality.

3. These kitchen cabinets that just needed a bit of paint and some new handles.

—corall4b86d2a83

4. This mirror frame that was updated with a wood trim to create a more rustic look.

—brittanyt4f97ed329

5. This Ikea sectional piece disguised as an ottoman with some fancy fabric and a new set of legs.

6. This adorable dress-up station for a four-year-old's dolls that used to be a bookshelf.

"I sanded it down, removed the shelves, and painted it pink. Then, I cut out and painted the silhouettes of her favorite princess. I also painted a few baskets and mirrors gold and wrote my daughter's name on the top."—coralb4355f88b0
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"I sanded it down, removed the shelves, and painted it pink. Then, I cut out and painted the silhouettes of her favorite princess. I also painted a few baskets and mirrors gold and wrote my daughter's name on the top."

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7. This headboard that got a whole lot cozier with some button-tufted upholstery.

 —koskikatie

8. This pot rack, made out of a painted peg board, that saves a whole bunch of cabinet space.

—emilyk7979

9. This filing cabinet that actually looks really freakin' good after it was topped with a few stained pine boards.

—laurac4f45cd641

10. These hand-punched butterflies that were spray-painted and hung with removable adhesive strips.

"I was inspired by this Mr. Kate video and I absolutely adore the way it turned out!" —marieli96
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"I was inspired by this Mr. Kate video and I absolutely adore the way it turned out!"

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11. This gorgeous desk that was made from a stained piece of wood balanced across four Ikea file drawers.

12. This classy marble backsplash made of sticky-back tiles that replaced some flowery, 25-year-old wallpaper.

"I purchased a box of sticky-backed vinyl tiles, trimmed them down a bit, and used mildew-resistant caulk to give it that 'grouted' look."—kimt4d0e7be8eGet 20 feet of these tiles from Home Depot for $15.71.
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"I purchased a box of sticky-backed vinyl tiles, trimmed them down a bit, and used mildew-resistant caulk to give it that 'grouted' look."

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Get 20 feet of these tiles from Home Depot for $15.71.

13. This TV stand that was built from scratch.

"I couldn't find exactly what I wanted without a huge price tag, so I just made it myself."—d4d5e8ec06
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"I couldn't find exactly what I wanted without a huge price tag, so I just made it myself."

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14. This mini-mudroom that used to be just your standard hall closet.

—christinak4c924587c

15. This dining room table that made for a perfect coffee table once the legs were shortened and the wood was refinished.

—amandai4357b7eb4

16. This old hutch that just needed a bit of love (a.k.a. sanding and painting).

—courtneyt4fb5fa66fMagic.

17. This kitchen that looks brand spankin' new after a paint job and new backsplash.

 —mollyk5

18. This Ikea dresser that looks like it's worth way more than it is after it was stained, painted with some cleverly placed tape, and styled with buffalo head knobs.

—ashleyf496ac9259

19. This old dresser that is way more helpful as a Lego table.

"I painted the drawers to look like stacked Legos, installed two sets of drawers in the cupboards for extra storage space, and covered the top with Lego plates to act as a base for the kids to build on."—craigg476d29c43
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"I painted the drawers to look like stacked Legos, installed two sets of drawers in the cupboards for extra storage space, and covered the top with Lego plates to act as a base for the kids to build on."

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