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    35 Surprisingly Cheap Ways To Completely Make Over Your Home

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    1. Stick some stylish washi tape over your cabinet edges for a two minute update that you can finish before you know it. It's a heck of a lot cheaper than redoing your kitchen, looks unique, *and* is removable, making this a great option for those of us who rent!

    Up To Date Interiors

    Promising review: "I really love these tapes and have used them to decorate a dresser (yes, not the standard use), but it works really well and adheres perfectly." —Jennifer Gomez

    Get a pack of 10 washi tape rolls from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three pattern combinations).

    Check out even more from Up To Date Interiors for "Easy China Cabinet Makeover with Dollar Store Supplies."

    2. Mix and match bold patterns (like folding a striped comforter in half to show a dotted sheet's contrasting prints) on your bedspread to create a newly vibrant focal point for your bedroom. Plus, get a few fun pillows to top it off!

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Get them from Amazon: a striped comforter for $49.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king and seven styles), a four-piece dotted sheet set for $21.77+ (available in sizes twin–California king and 21 styles), and a faux fur throw pillow for $10.99 (available in 16 colors).

    Check out more from Bed Bath & Beyond for "Three Ways To Make Your Bed Better".

    3. Or! Colorblock neutral colored bedding to easily transform your room into a minimally chic pad — all it takes is a simple duvet, contrasting throw blanket, and mixed-and-matched pillowcases. Same room, totally new look.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    Get them from Amazon: a light pink duvet for $29.99+ (available in sizes twin–king and eight colors), a gray throw blanket for $18.99 (available in two sizes and seven colors), and a set of two pillowcases for $12.99 (available in two sizes and 14 colors).

    Check out more from Bed Bath & Beyond for "Three Ways To Make Your Bed Better".

    4. Transform old, worn-out furniture into your new favorite statement piece by simply covering it with a sophisticated slipcover. You just saved yourself HUNDREDS of dollars by not buying a new couch, my friend.

    It comes in four sizes: for chair, love seat, recliner, or sofa! You can either get a chic pattern or a variety of colors in ~plush velvet~.

    Promising review: "Our ugly sofa and loveseat were one step away from the landfill UNTIL a sleepless night surfing on Amazon changed their fate! Truly, these are amazing in every way and changed the look of our entire room. They are not too thin or too thick — they seem durable and are very welcoming. They were well worth it!" —Faithful Prime Member

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four sizes and 11 colors and patterns).

    5. Make the most out of old wine/liquor bottles and display them on a chic, inexpensive tray table as a makeshift home bar. Even our $7 vino will look sophisticated when arranged with copper-stemmed glasses.

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    Promising review (for the wine glasses): "These stemless wine glasses are the perfect addition to my wine bar. They are absolutely gorgeous. I get so many compliments on them!" —Jessica Delgado

    Get them from Amazon: a metal tray table for $33.99+ (available in seven colors) and a pack of four wine glasses for $34.99+ (available in two finishes).

    6. Cover unsightly pipes (hello, random heat pipe in my bathroom) or just ~spruce~ up your space with artificial ivy vines that take merely a moment to hang up AND won't force you to spend much green.

    Promising review: "I had the idea for this project of putting fake vines greenery over my bed, so I went to my local craft store and found a six-foot strand for $44. I decided to look on Amazon for something cheaper and I sure am glad I did, because this is PERFECT. I'm super happy with how this turned out, and with how much I was able to save!" —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $15.99.

    7. Update typically overlooked spots like your pantry (or any open closet space) *or* create an unexpected accent wall by applying some peel-and-stick wallpaper or tiles. Little changes like this are what can fully cheer up your space — and are totally reversible should you move!,

    Promising review (for the wallpaper): "I am IN LOVE. I bought this to use as a backsplash in my rented studio apartment kitchen, which has potential to be pretty but really needs some help. The pattern is so easy to line up and it looks so good! My tiny dark apartment instantly looked bigger and brighter. Even up close I can’t tell where the seams are. It was super easy to put up by myself. If I could give six stars, I would." —Lizzy

    Get them from Amazon: a roll of floral peel-and-stick wallpaper (left) for $38.95 or a roll of peel-and-stick tiles (right) for $31.16 (available in three colors).

    8. Turn your living room into the next MoMA by creating a visual display with wooden pant hangers and your favorite prints. You can even use strong push pin picture hooks if you don't want to hammer nails — either way you're now the proud new owner of an inexpensive gallery wall.

    Apartment Therapy

    Want some new art prints? Society6 has a wide (and inexpensive!) range of prints from $10!

    Promising review (for the push pin picture hooks): "These actually work really well, and I used them to hold up decorated letters I decoupaged on my wall above my bed. I was initially scared they’d come crashing down on my head, but they’ve been up for months and fit perfectly into the cutout hanging hole in the letters. Also as a bonus, it leaves a much smaller hole in the wall than a nail would!" —alw214

    Get them from Amazon: a pack of 10 wooden pants hangers for $17.99 (available in three colors) and a pack of 8 push pin picture hooks for $3.49.

    Check out more from Apartment Therapy for "How To Create a Visual Display on a Low Budget".

    9. Bring old furniture back to life with a little wood polisher that'll undo even YEARS of scratches and general wear-and-tear on hardwood surfaces. You can even use it to transform your floors from worn-down to sparkling new.

    Plus it feeds your wood protective carnauba wax and beeswax to give it some ~luster~ and extend its lifetime.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever. It was dry, dirty, and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel, just a fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    To learn more, check out "This Wood Polish's Before-And-After Photos Will Make You A Believer".

    10. Remodel your old nightstand with nothing more than a beautiful knob and marble contact paper. It's even easier than painting and will become the first thing people admire when they walk into your room.

    Made By Monique

    Promising review (for the marble contact paper): "I used this marble contact paper as part of a makeover on two Ikea dressers. I was hopeful yet skeptical, so I was thrilled at the quality and the results! It looks amazingly real! Everyone who sees it has thought that it's real — I only know this because I proudly announce, 'DUDEEEEEEE THIS IS CONTACT PAPER!' to anyone that sees them, whether they care to know or not. All in all, for the price, it's a seriously awesome product for small projects." —Blair T.

    Get a similar quartz-like knob from Anthropologie for $9.95 (available in two colors) and a roll of marble contact paper from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes).

    Check out more from Made By Monique for "Ikea Nordli Nightstand Revamp".

    Let's see this pretty bb up close:

    Made By Monique

    11. Learn how to FINALLY keep an indoor plant alive — a fool-proof way to brighten up any room. And if you really doubt you'll ever grow a green thumb, a set of realistic faux cacti will always do the trick.

    A Pair And A Spare

    Promising review (for the faux cacti): "I tried my hand at real succulents and geez I just don’t have a green thumb, but these succulents have really turned my life around. I never water them or give them sunlight, but let me tell you they look as good as the day I got them. They look perfect with other little knick knacks on a coffee table." —Peter Brown

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.99.

    Check out more from A Pair And A Spare for "5 Questions to Help you Choose the Right Indoor Plants (so They Actually Live)".

    12. 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. Subtle tricks > splurging on a bigger/more expensive apartment.

    Promising review: "I'm absolutely in love with this mirror. It arrived today and is already mounted on our wall and has transformed our space. I'm very happy!" —Tyson Riskas

    Get it from Amazon for $66.53+ (available in four sizes and colors).

    13. Bring new life to overlooked surfaces like fireplaces with nothing more than a few eye-catching pieces of inexpensive decor that'll easily add interesting elements to the room.

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

    This gold plant terrarium and brass tapered candle holders will instantly refine any surface and draw the eye to your ~eclectic collection~!


    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 $28.99 and candle holders for $22.99.

    To learn more inexpensive decorating ideas, check out "I Tried To Make My Apartment Look More Expensive On The Cheap".

    14. Chicly organize your bathroom with a brass hot tool holder that'll not only keep your counters clear (no mess = bigger-looking space), but double as sophisticated 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.

    15. 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. The cleaner the space, the closer you are to Carrie Bradshaw–level closet aesthetics.

    Promising review: "I bought this with a 50/50 chance this wouldn't be great, but would be a temporary fix to organizing my shoes in my closet. Boy oh boy did it ever!!! They're the best bang for your buck without spending a mini fortune! They're easy to use and work with about every one of my shoes, except my boots. The shoe area in my closet now looks like a shoe store and I love a good shoe store! I couldn't be happier with my purchase and will buy more!" —Amber

    Get a pack of 18 from Amazon for $39.99.

    16. Avoid making your area rug the center of the room — it'll make your space feel 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. Voilà — your living room is seemingly larger!

    Shannon Claire Interiors

    This area rug ($38.99+ on Amazon; available in 16 sizes and 11 colors) already has thousands of positive reviews that speak to its ability to open up even small rooms, thanks to its stylish yet neutral design!

    Check out more from Shannon Claire Interiors for "How To Series: Area Rug Placement".

    17. Hang up some vintage-y prints to add an unexpected *artistic flair* to any room. Suddenly it doesn't cost more than all your student loans combined to have a collection of memorable art.


    Promising review (for the gemstone chart): "This print is even better in person. It has vivid colors, is easy to read, and the print doesn't go too close to the edge. The paper is very good quality, thick, and sturdy. I definitely recommend this print." —Liz Wilson

    Get them from Amazon: the dandelion chart (left) for $8.07 and the gemstone chart (right) for $8.10.

    18. And! Strategize how to place your new art to really bring the room together. For example, eye level isn't always correct! Be aware of a) how tall your walls are b) the size of your furniture and c) the amount of wall space you have — more often than not, it's safer to pick larger prints so it doesn't look too small.

    Emily Henderson

    This popular aerial beach print ($6.46 by Sisi And Seb on Etsy) can be printed in multiple sizes that you specify with the seller so you can pick what's justttt right for your space!

    Check out more from Emily Hendserson for "How To Hang Art Correctly".

    19. 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! Either way, being able to see your floor will make your room seem SO. MUCH. BIGGER.


    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. Their shape is nice and clean-looking. They make my room look clean, even when I just throw stuff in there." —LinzJ

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

    20. 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 (which you can totally claim)!

    A Pair And A Spare

    Check out more from A Pair & A Spare for "How To Create Interesting Patterns with Rectangular Tiles".

    Get peel-and-stick tile from Amazon for $28.99 (available in 10 styles).

    And before you say, "who am I, Bob the Builder?!" — you can always use *very* convincing peel-and-stick tile as your new backsplash! Did you remodel your kitchen or just spend a fraction of what everyone thinks? I'll never tell.

    You'll get 10 11.8"x11.8" self-adhesive sheets.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I would have spent $700 for this product and professional help! Home Depot sells this for about $17 per sheet — and it was so easy to install! It really transformed my kitchen!" —Gwen

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $28.99 (available in 10 styles).

    21. Put a ✨twinkle✨ in everyone's eyes by hanging up LED string lights. They're cheap, quick to put up, and even add more brightness to your space if it doesn't get a lot of natural light.

    Promising review: "I love these lights!! These transformed my idea to creating the project, which turned my room into a comfort zone for me and all for a price that’s unbeatable. Not to mention, one single string of lights can go a LONG way. It looks like lights in the air connected to nothing; it’s awesome quality!" —KYoung

    Get a pack of 300 from Amazon for $17.99.

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

    Apartment Therapy

    A pair of ombré curtains ($27.99 on Amazon; available in two sizes and 10 colors and patterns) are sheer so all your natural light comes in (therefore helping the room look bigger) and so you can add some stylish appeal from an unexpected source. If you don't want to splurge on new furniture, this is a great form of redecorating!

    Check out more from Apartment Therapy for "The Do’s and Don’ts of Hanging Curtains".

    23. 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 surface space. The most important redecorating lesson of today: clutter is the enemy.


    Promising review: "I got these to maximize storage in my laundry closet and wasn't disappointed! They're perfect for rags, lost socks, and mesh dryer bags for my delicates. If you're wondering about the size: one pocket holds three bra dryer bags, and another holds a few mesh bags of different sizes. I highly recommend these as a way to get, and stay, organized." —M

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.99 (available in five color combinations).

    24. Trick people into thinking you bought new furniture in as easy as one, two, three — or primer, paint, and metallic spray paint. One afternoon of a quick paint job is cheaper than furniture shopping AND you won't have to put on pants to go to the store. It's really just a win win.

    Le Zoe Musings

    Promising review: "I redecorated and changed from a stainless steel look to a brushed gold. After trying several different colors, this one matched PERFECTLY! I'm definitely ordering more because it looks so good, I'll be doing more decor. I was apprehensive at first because the can itself actually looks like it would be a glittery gold, but it's not. Just a nice almost pearly matte sheen. It dried quickly! I recommend doing two to three light coats or it won't dry." —Beth

    Get them from Amazon: primer for $6.56+ (available in 12 shades), paint for $19.99+ (available in three sizes and 39 shades), and metallic spray paint for $8.78+ (available in 12 shades).

    Check out more from Le Zoe Musings for "DIY: Thrifted Office Desk Makeover".

    25. Gild your kitchen without spending your weight in gold by showing off brass cooking utensils. Do you cook? No. Do you now look like you have Ina Garten's budget? YES.


    Jeffrey's Friday night chicken, here we COME. The set includes a serving spoon, pasta serving fork, slotted spatula, kitchen skimmer, and a soup ladle.

    Promising review: "These utensils are beautiful in person; a truly practical set with the essential pieces that feel really solid and at a great value. I’m loving how they look on my kitchen counter mixed in with my other utensils in a crock! I also bought the matching measuring cups and spoons, which are great too. I highly recommend these!" —Megan Harding

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $26.99 (also available in copper).

    26. 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!

    A Pair And A Spare

    Get similar items from Amazon: a light pink duvet for $29.99+ (available in sizes twin–king and eight colors) and a set of rose curtains for $32.99+ (available in four sizes and 10 colors).

    Check out more from A Pair And A Spare for "7 (Reversible) Ways To Upgrade Your Rental Space".

    27. Polish every room with just a flick of a switch — or at least when they're decorated with a detailed metal wall plate. It may seem insignificant, but every small (inexpensive) change creates an overall new look.


    Promising review: "I got several of these for my kitchen. I chose this style to match the bronzed faucets at the sink. I put in eight different plates, all around the kitchen, and it took less than an hour, and it's an instant kitchen upgrade! They look great! They're heavy, so you're not going to crack them or anything when screwing them to the wall." —Buckley Tom

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

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

    The Decor Fix

    Promising review (for the mini globe): "This looks very nice in person. It seems to be quite sturdy, as well. The metallic finish is very nice and expensive-looking. As a decorative globe for a desk or a shelf, this is really stunning to look at when you consider its low-asking price." —krudmuphin

    Get them from Amazon: the mini globe for $23.98+ (available in two styles) and a set of four mini faux succulents (in clay vases) for $16.99.

    Check out more from The Decor Fix for "How To Style A Bookshelf".

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


    Promising review: "I love, love, love this tray!!! It is so gorgeous and perfect to store my perfumes on my dressing table! I was looking for one like this for such a long time, but I finally stumbled upon this on Amazon and I had to buy it! The gold color is beautiful and the mirror is really cute. I've had this for quite a while now and thankfully I haven't noticed any scratches. It is so worth the money!" —Bean

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    30. Double your favorite outfits as decor by putting them on display with a metal garment rack. Aka just like the gorgeous rooms you see on Instagram but never recreated — until now! OR you can use the rack as a creative way to show off an impressive plant collection (which'll look nicer than stacking them on your radiator).,

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful rack. I needed to hang dresses since our closet shelves are too short and it works great. It's good quality, I put it together in about 10 minutes, and it looks beautiful and clean. Mine is currently holding eight dresses and eight pairs of dress shorts, so the capacity is good too!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in four styles, with or without side panels, and two colors).

    31. 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?


    Get them from Amazon: a pack of four decorative pillow covers for $15.99+ (available in six styles) and a pack of two pillow inserts for $16.99+ (available in eight sizes).

    Check out more from Matouk for "Bed Coverings 101 – Quilts, Coverlets, Duvets: What’s the Difference?".

    32. Rethink your tiles' grout by filling them with some vibrant paint to cheer up your rooms without having to rethink your furniture. Not to mention, it's a unique look that almost no one else will have in their own home.


    Need to clean your grout first? This wildly popular grout sealant ($12.99 on Amazon) will get your tiles looking brand-new in no time.

    Get them from Amazon: paint for $19.99+ (available in three sizes and 39 shades) and a pack of 10 fine-tipped paint brushes for $4.99.

    Check out more from Domino for "Trend Alert: Colored Grout Ideas".

    33. 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: "I got the white and it looks exactly like the picture. It looks great in my small bathroom — makes the space looks more opulent." —Betty Scotto

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in seven styles).

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

    A Pair And A Spare

    Promising review (for the velvet pillow cover): "I bought four of these and they’ve made a super luxurious addition to my couch. The velvet itself feels very durable and good quality. The color is vibrant and they are perfect for my couch." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon: a cowboy hat for $17.95, a pack of two velvet pillow covers for $8.99 each (available in 18 colors), and a pack of two pillow inserts for $16.99+ (available in eight sizes)..

    Check out more from A Pair And A Spare for "7 (Reversible) Ways To Upgrade Your Rental Space".

    35. Take decorating into your own hands — or penmanship, that is. It's practically free and puts your creativity on ~full display~. All it takes is a little paint and rounded paint brushes.

    East Coast Creative

    Promising review (for the paint brushes): "I was looking for a firmer brush and I love, love, love these brushes. They hold there shape and paint very well. I just wanted a brush that could help me with detail and this does the job!" —Kimberly

    Get them from Amazon: black paint for $3.98 and a pack of nine rounded paint brushes for $7.99.

    Check out more from East Coast Creative for "White Wall Rebellion: DIY Wall Art".

    You in your fancy schmancy "new home":


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

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