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    36 Ways To Completely Transform Your Home For Cheap

    Because not all of us are going to be on Fixer Upper *cries*.


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    1. Stick some washi tape over your cabinet edges for a two minute update to your kitchen. Plus, it's super-removable if you rent!

    Check out even more from Up To Date Interiors for how to update your cabinets.

    Get a six-pack of washi tape from Amazon for $9.49 (available in 20 color combinations).

    2. Draw inspiration from your furry muse and hang their custom portrait up for some truly ~one of a kind~ art.

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE the custom pet portrait! Very soon after you place the order, Agata gets in touch with you to show you the first draft of your pup. Then, she gives you a TON of background options. You'll absolutely find one that's perfect, because her stuff is so gorgeous. I love the final product SO much — a gorgeous way to make some artwork of your pup or pet!" —Debbie S

    Get it from Witty and White on Etsy for $43+ (available in 16 sizes and two dimensions).

    3. Gild your kitchen without spending your weight in gold by showing off brass cooking utensils. Do you cook? No. Do you look like Ina Garten? YES.

    Promising review: "These look great in my kitchen and hold up well in the dishwasher. They are medium weight so they don't feel cheap but they aren't super heavy." —Theresa

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $34.99.

    4. Mix and match bold patterns (and fold your comforter in half to show the sheet's contrasting prints) on your bedspread to create a vibrant focal point. Plus, get a few fun pillows will top it off!

    Check out even more from Bed Bath and Beyond for creative ways to make your bed.

    Too lazy? This striped comforter and sheet set ($12+ on PBDorm; available in sizes Twin-King) does all the work for you! Plus these fuzzy pillows ($11.99 on Amazon) add some fun texture!

    5. Or colorblock neutral colored bedding to easily transform your room into a minimally chic pad.

    Check out more from Bed Bath and Beyond for the best ways to make your bed.

    Try pairing this light pink cotton duvet set ($34 on H&M; available in sizes Queen and King and in eight colors) with black pillow cases ($8.99 on Amazon (available in two sizes and in five colors) and a gray throw blanket ($22.99 on Amazon; available in seven colors).

    6. Cover unsightly pipes (hello, random heat pipe in my bathroom) with artificial ivy vines so you can turn over a new *leaf* for cheap.

    Be sure to double check if the pipe is hot! If it is, this might not be the best trick 😬!

    Promising review: "This is very good quality! I bought these and another set from Amazon and the quality of this product is 100 times better. Amazing!" —Carrie Lawrence

    Get it from Handcrafts In Studio on Etsy for $20.99.

    7. Bring new life to surfaces like fireplaces with nothing more than a few artificial plants and gold trinkets.

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    Psst! Slide the bar to see this fireplace's transformation!

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    Psst! Slide the bar to see this fireplace's transformation!

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    Psst! Slide the bar to see this fireplace's transformation!

    This brass plant terrarium and brass tapered candle holders will instantly refine any surface!

    Promising review (for the candle holders): "I was looking for one-of-a-kind holders. They are tall, slender, and very modern. The perfect color of (gold) brass. I chose them for my fireplace mantle. The wider base to prevent tipping over turned out to be very elegant looking in my modern living room makeover. They look so beautiful when the candle light reflects on the metal. I'm so happy I chose these." —K nurse

    Get them from Amazon: plant terrarium for $23.99 and candle holders for $22.99.

    8. Trick people into thinking you bought new furniture in as easy as one, two, three — or primer, paint, and metallic spray paint.

    Check out more from Le Zoe Musings for the full tutorial.

    Promising review (for paint): I'm slowly doing a DIY remodel on the upstairs of my house, because we're in the process of hiring a contractor to finish our basement. I'm basically taking everything we own and giving it an upgrade. I got this paint for many things. One of those being my dining room table. I do A LOT of crafting. I redid my kitchen myself including my cabinets and went from oak to glazed antique. So I'm familiar with paints, sealants, and stains (I use paint daily). This is my favorite. The quality is great and the coverage is better than any other out there. I for sure will be a lifetime customer of Rustoleum Chalked Paints." —Kimber

    Get them from Amazon, primer for $3.97, white paint for $16.98+ (available in 12 colors), and metallic spray paint for $5.68+ (available in 16 colors).

    9. Avoid making your area rug the center of the room — it'll make your space feel more cramped. Place your furniture so that it's either in the middle of the rug or so the front legs of each piece are on the rug.

    Check out more from Shannon Claire Interiors for how to properly space out your area rugs.

    This plush shag area rug ($21.49+ on Target; avaiable in 19 sizes and five colors) has almost 403 positive reviews that speak to its ability to open a space, easy upkeep, and comfy texture!

    10. Update typically overlooked spots like your pantry (or any open closet space) by applying some peel-and-stick wallpaper. Little changes like this are what can fully cheer up your space!

    Check out more from One Kings Lane for small makeover tips that have big effects.

    Get a 36”x24” roll of stick-on wallpaper from for $39.

    11. Double your favorite outfits as decor by putting them on display with a metal garment rack and copper hangers. Aka just like the gorgeous rooms you see on Instagram but never recreated—until now!

    Check out more from Design Love Fest for how to master this chic look.

    Promising review (for the garment rack): "The directions were easy to follow and there weren't a lot of them. It was easy to put together, and you only need one person to do it. It's really sturdy and it looks amazing!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a white metal garment rack from Amazon for $39.99 and a five-pack of copper hangers from Amazon for $9.69.

    12. Turn your living room into the next MoMA by creating a visual display with simple wooden skirt hangers and your favorite prints.

    Want some new art prints? Society6 has a wide (and inexpensive!) range of prints from $10+! Check out more from Apartment Therapy for how to create a visual display with just hangers.

    Get a 12-pack of wooden skirt hangers from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three colors) or a similar 10-pack from Walmart for $18.98+ (available in three colors).

    13. Remodel your old nightstand with nothing more than a beautiful knob and marble contact paper. Did you buy new furniture? Why...yes.

    Check out more from Made By Monique for how to transform your nightstand.

    Promising review (for the marble contact paper): "I used a little more than one roll for a quick makeover for an ugly fireplace in a rental apartment; easy to cover the tiles with the film, and could stretch the film out about 1 mm if had cut the strip too short; makes a huge difference for minimal effort/price; don't think anyone would be squinting down at the floor to notice the pixelated pattern" —zhen

    Get a quartz-like knob from Anthropologie for $10 (available in four colors) and marble contact paper from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. Polish every room with just a flick of a switch — or at least when they're decorated with a detailed metal wall plate.

    Promising review: "I love the quality of these plates and I get compliments on them all the time. They're heavy, well-made, and beautiful. They fit the overall decor of my house and I've replaced every single outlet faceplate with this brand throughout my house. They're fantastic." —Dan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five colors).

    15. Paint over one wall with DIY ~glitter paint~ to create a one-of-a-kind statement corner. Will this put a sparkle in everyone's eyes? You know it.

    What you'll need: Mod Podge in glossy finish ($6.97 on Amazon), iridescent glitter ($3.99 on Amazon), extra-fine iridescent glitter ($4.96 on Amazon), extra-fine pink glitter ($5.54 on Amazon), foam paint brushes ($6.89 on Amazon for a 25-pack), and a mixing container ($10.95+ on Amazon for a 12-pack).

    Check out even more from A Joyful Riot for the full tutorial!

    16. Indulge in a little *vanity* and decorate your bathroom with seemingly expensive decor. A touch of mirrored gold (bonus points for displaying your perfume and lipsticks) will help create a more luxurious vibe.

    Promising review: "This tray is absolutely stunning and larger than I expected which is perfect! I wasn't actually expecting to like this as much as I do! I would highly recommend this product to anyone. It looks so pretty on my makeup vanity holding all of my perfumes, mirror, and oils. I am one happy girl!" —Katie Baker

    Get the tray, mirror, and vanity organizer from Amazon for $19.99+ each.

    17. Make the most out of your alcohol bottles and display them on a tray table as a makeshift home bar. We deserve anything Don Draper has, right?

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    Check out even more for how to make a DIY bar cart.

    Get a tray table from Overstock for $41 (available in four colors).

    18. Recycle an old but pretty tea towel as your new centerpiece by displaying it with a wooden poster hanger.

    Check out more from Apartment Therapy for how to turn tea towels into art.

    Goosberry Designs creates gorgeous tea towels ($16 on Etsy) with illustrations of state and city maps!

    Get a wooden poster hanger from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. Opt for an alternatively designed lamp, like this eyeball sconce for an unexpected twist (and a modern aesthetic).

    Promising review: "I bought these to add as a bedside light when I'm in bed reading. The installment took less than 20 minutes and they look flawless!" —keikeilala01

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34 (available in three colors).

    20. Hang your curtains from ABOVE the top of your window so that the proportions are correct to make your window appear taller. Four to six inches above the frame is recommended!

    Check out more from Apartment Therapy for how to correctly hang curtains.

    Need new curtains? These sheer drapes are only $3.80 on Amazon and have 1,403 five-star reviews for their elegance, quality, and ability to make your room look more expensive!

    21. Invest in a distinct upholstered headboard that'll be a one-and-done solution when it comes to decorating (not to mention it'll last years and years).

    Promising review: "These headboards are gorgeous in person and elevate the look of the room without doing anything else if you choose! They're well-built, high quality fabric, and worth every penny!" —jeffrey

    Get it from Wayfair for $289.99.

    22. Transform your walls with a distinct tile pattern to make your room stand out the moment you walk in. Sure, this takes a little work, but the payoff is, well, forever.

    Patterns like "horizontal grid" and "offset" instantly make it seem like your home was put together by an interior designer (and before you even worry about furniture)!

    Check out more from A Pair & A Spare for how to pick your tile pattern.

    Way too much work? Try this peel and stick brick wallpaper ($27.28 on Amazon)! It'll create the appearance of an upscale brick wall without any of the required effort (and won't leave any sticky residue behind!).

    23. Chicly organize your bathroom with a brass hot tool holder that'll not only keep your counters clear (no clutter, no eyesores), but double as decor.

    Promising review: "This hair tool organizer is one of my favorite things in my bathroom now! I was afraid that it wouldn't be able to fit my blow dryer, but it fits that and my flat iron perfectly. I'm beyond happy with it. It keeps my bathroom counter organized and is also very aesthetically pleasing." —ZhuLiDoTheThing

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    24. Create space you never knew you had (and therefore declutter) your closet with a shoe organizing tool that'll stack one shoe on top of the other. Cleaner the space, the closer you are to Carrie Bradshaw–level closet aesthetics.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect shoe organizing tool. My shoes were starting to take over my closet. This has created an amazing amount of new space. Personally, I have them organized in a way that makes me feel like I have a little shoe store in my closet! I have a lot of heavier leather dress shoes and these stand up just fine." —JEAN PIERRE-PAUL

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $20.47.

    25. Learn how to FINALLY keep an indoor plant alive (proof you're a functioning adult). A big house plant will add a modern touch to any room (without having to spend too much *green*).

    Check out more from A Pair & A Spare for how to keep your plants alive.

    If you're saying "no this will never happen" then try this faux agave plant ($45.89 on Amazon) for the same effect with none of the risk!

    26. Open up even small bathrooms with a white, detailed shower curtain. The playful texture will add dimension, while the soft shade will create an airy effect.

    Promising review: "We have a very small bathroom and I was worried this curtain would overwhelm the space, but it actually seems to open up the area and catches the light beautifully. It's a bit sheer but has a decent weight so it falls nicely. I usually use a clear curtain liner but for this one I bought a solid white one and it gives it exactly the look I want. Also, the curtain was very wrinkled right out of the bag so I quickly gave it a once over with the iron and steam and it smoothed it out better. I can't stress enough how much I love this curtain, it adds the perfect touch of flair to the simplicity of the rest of the bathroom. Wonderful curtain for a great price!" —dcc

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    27. Style your bookshelf so that your books are stacked both horizontally and vertically and then add some quirky decor like a mini globe and ombre ceramic vase. It'll add more visual interest and show off your ~creative side~.

    Check out more from The Decor Fix for how to style your bookshelf.

    Get them from TJ Maxx: mini globe for $19.99 and ombre vase for $14.99.

    28. Match your bedding to your curtains to create a unified appearance (which will also seemingly expand your room). Doing this with lighter colors is most likely to open your space!

    Check out more from A Pair & A Spare for how to easily upgrade your room.

    Get a similar bedding set from H&M for $34 (available in sizes Queen and King and in eight colors) and similar curtains from Amazon for $5.20 (available in three sizes and 25 colors)

    29. Paint grout with a vibrant hue to cheer up your rooms without having to rethink your furniture.

    Check out more from Domino for more *grout* inspiration.

    Get orange paint from The Home Depot for $27.98+ (available in two sizes, as interior and exterior, and in three finishes).

    30. Enlarge small rooms with an oversized mirror, thanks to its ability to capture natural light and create the optical illusion that your space is much larger.

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful mirror at an inordinately low price. The mirror came very well-packaged and intact. I looked at many round mirrors and could not find anything close to this price point. I have received many compliments. The mirror looks a lot more expensive than it is." —Nick

    Get it from Amazon for $76.12+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

    31. Try simple tricks, like hanging alternative pieces on your wall instead of art or adding a pop of color on your bed with a bright pillow. Little things can make the biggest differences — and they won't leave a mark on rentals!

    Check out even more from A Pair & A Spare for clever decorating tips for rentals.

    Get a two-pack of red pillows from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes and in 12 colors) and a cowboy hat from Amazon for $14.78.

    32. Cleverly disguise your messes (hello, two week old laundry) with stylish hamper totes. You can use them for dirty clothes or to give clutter like old magazines a home!

    Promising review: "I have two of these. I use one for my bed's throw pillows at night and one for folders and papers near my desk. They are sure and the shape is nice and clean looking. Makes room look clean even when you just thrown stuff in there." —ljohnso4

    Get it from Anthropologie for $38+ (available in three sizes and in three colors)

    33. Arrange your decorative pillows in the same way that fancy hotels do (ooh la la) so that they're shown off to their full advantage. Does anything really say luxury more than a five-star bedspread?

    Check out more from Matouk for how to artfully arrange your pillows.

    Shop decorative pillows from Matouk for $23+ or get a four-pack of decorative pillows from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six styles).

    34. Get rid of desk disarray (I see you, receipts from 2012) with hanging cotton storage pockets. Their stylish appeal doesn't hurt, and you DEFINITELY won't mind your suddenly clear desk space.

    Promising review: "This is great for small items you want to organize and get out of the way in a small space. They're nice neutral colors and the light wood matches most decor. It's perfect for getting all my bottles and tubes of makeup off my bathroom vanity, but still make them easy to grab." —jenishops

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    35. Arrange different sized picture frames close together as a quirky display of your favorite art. Bonus points if the prints include a wide array of bold colors to make them pop.

    Promising review: "Amazing! Wow, these are such great quality, and so pretty. I love them. I used them to add a collection of black and white photos to my bedroom. They worked like a charm. They came super well packaged, and are sturdy and great quality. I would definitely buy again!" —kscribe

    Get a seven-pack of gold picture frames from Amazon for $45.99.

    36. Take decorating into your own hands — or penmanship, that is. It's practically free and puts your creativity on ~full display~.

    Check out more from East Coast Creative for the full tutorial.

    Get black paint from Amazon for $3.76 and a calligraphy paint brush from Amazon for $13.63.

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