Nifty·Posted on Dec 31, 201816 Borderline Genius Home Improvement Projects That Are Easier Than They LookRing in the new year with a new backsplash or cute headboard.by Emily ShwakeBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Switch out your old switch plates for clean, screwless plates that stand out. amazon.com Turn off the power, move the wires into the new corresponding sockets, and screw the outlet or switch into place. Screw in the sub wall plate, then snap on the screw-less cover. See the full collection here. 2. Paint your white grout black to give your bathroom a cool and on-trend update. onekingslane.com Paint-on grout dye is really simple to work with! All you need to do is paint a section of grout and wipe away the excess while it's still wet. See the full tutorial here. 3. Replace your plain door knobs with something a little more decorative. blog.jennasuedesign.com Accessorizing can make all the difference. Get the full tutorial here. 4. Accent boob lights instead of trying to hide them. simpledetailsblog.blogspot.com Make this eyesore a fancy feature instead of something to disguise.See the full tutorial here. 5. Hide the cords and pipes of your laundry machine behind stained wood. thedefineryco.com It also adds convenient counter space! See the full tutorial here. 6. Install wainscoting (aka a really tall and beautiful baseboard) to create a feeling of elegance in the dining or living room. thebewitchinkitchen.com Though slightly time-consuming, wainscoting isn't difficult to install. Once you hang the boards with a nail gun, fill the cracks with caulk to make everything seamless. Use putty to fill nicks and nail holes, then paint!See the full tutorial here. 7. Fill a blank wall with a mix of photos and art; plan your gallery wall with paper before you stick nails in the wall. umidoriestudio.wordpress.com Despite being a beginner-level project, hanging a gallery wall can be really confusing and stressful. Cut paper out in the shapes of your frames so you can play with the layout before putting nails in the wall. See the full tutorial here. 8. Tack laminate floorboards to the wall to create a farmhouse-style backsplash. bowerpowerblog.com If you use a Brad nailer to hang the boards on the studs, they should hold up without any glue. That way, you can remove them without much difficulty if you decide to go with something different.See the full tutorial here. 9. Frame your bathroom mirror to give your simple bathroom a little oomph. pinklittlenotebook.com You can either use molding like they did here or wood boards. One step closer to the beautiful bathroom you've always dreamed of. Get the full tutorial here. 10. Convert your recessed lighting to hanging pendants that are trendy AF and cast a brighter glow. moderatehome.com A recessed light conversion kit will totally change up the look of your kitchen — or any other room in your home!Get the full tutorial here. 11. Paint a piece of plywood to create a brand new headboard that really pops. abubblylife.com Headboards are exorbitantly expensive considering how useless they are, IMHO. This one is just as cute as any you'd buy in a store.See the full tutorial here. 12. Use a criss-crossed trim to give a bare wall a whole lot of style. flippingtheflip.com This simple project is going to save you a whole lot of money, since it's a lot cheaper than the art and picture frames you would otherwise use to give a blank room some character.See the full tutorial here. 13. Remove a dated backsplash with a hammer and putty knife and replace it with stick-on tiles. weekendcraft.com Who would have thought you could pull this off without a contractor?! While pulling the old tile off can be a bit tricky, it's surprisingly easy to install stick-on tiles. You've got this.See the full tutorial here. 14. Re-caulk cracks in your baseboards. cravingsomecreativity.com Besides being such an aesthetic improvement, re-caulking your baseboards helps to prevent roach infestations. Scrape away the old caulk and lay tape to get a straight line with the caulk gun. While it's still wet, smooth out the caulk with your finger. See the full tutorial here. 15. Freshen up the paint on a chipped staircase. maisondepax.com A paint sprayer makes weird paint jobs like this actually fun. If you'd rather paint the stairs by hand, use a large bristle brush — it'll take more time but will still look great! See the full tutorial here. 16. Make a bulletin board that covers half the wall. abeautifulmess.com This bulletin board is as attractive as it is functional. Cut a foam board out in the shape that you want and glue a sheet of cork on it. The whole thing is light enough that you can hang it with Command strips.See the full tutorial here.