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    38 Surprisingly Easy And Affordable Ways To Upgrade The Rooms Around Your House

    From cabinet-painting kits to peel-and-stick tiles, these home improvement goods will give your living space the ultimate update.

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    1. Cover a boring light switch with a cool vintage-inspired plate. A satin nickel finish and a beaded design will elevate that bare wall next to your kitchen sink or fridge.

    Franklin Brass outlet cover in a satin nickel color and detailed edge

    Promising review: "Feels quality, not flimsy. Installed in a bathroom and adds a nice classy vintage touch to my switch. The metal is not highly reflective, closer to a brushed look. Great for disguising fingerprints and blends in with other non-reflective metal hardware. When the light switch is frequently the first thing someone looks at and reaches for in a room, having a quality cover like this gets noticed and enhances a room very easily. I can't believe I'm still writing about how much I enjoy a light switch cover." —Tom Generic Dude

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ each (available in multiple outlet styles and more colors here).

    2. Restore dull wood surfaces back to their former glory with a polish and conditioner. It'll provide a protective coating (goodbye, drying and fading) and give your front door a gorgeous shine.

    Promising review: "I was extremely impressed with this product! My first try was on my front door. The pictures speak for themselves. Wow! Then I used it on every wood surface. Huge difference! I highly recommend it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    3. Consider trying The Novogratz's "Room in a Box." Browse different room options, select the one you like the best, and items shown in the room's picture will be shipped to you. Your living space will look like something straight out of a design photo shoot, and you won't have to spend hours shopping for home decor or furniture.

    a pub set styled in a kitchen with a rug
    The Novogratz

    This Kitchen in a Box comes with:

    —Nora 3-Piece Pub Set - Black + Terrazzo

    —Nora Kitchen Cart

    —Umbria Indoor/Outdoor Rug - Grey, Size: 3'11" x 5'7"

    Get the kitchen option for $499 and shop the other options here.

    4. Add peel-and-stick tile to walls that need a bit of excitement. That corner next to your bathroom vanity? Check. The wall behind your stovetop? Check. And, this easy DIY project will require little time and money to complete.

    Reviewer's bathroom with the tile applied above the sink for natural looking backsplash

    Promising review: "This brought new life to my super boring kitchen! This was much easier than I thought and was really worried about taking on this project but I'm glad I did. Took me over three hours from start to finish." —Blood Agent

    Read the rest of this customer's in-depth review for some handy tips and tricks.

    Get six tiles from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in four styles).

    5. Hang cage pendant lights so you can brighten up your bathroom vanity or cozy reading corner without plugging in a bunch of lamps.,

    The cord measures 4.9 feet. Does not include bulbs, but you can get a set of compatible Edison bulbs here.

    Promising review: "This little light is perfect for extra/accent lighting! I’m very impressed with the quality of the metal cage, and it didn’t take more than 10 minutes to install. We needed it to be shorter in order to fit in the space we wanted it, so we just trimmed the wire to our desired length. We’re very pleased with our purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.89+ each (available in two colors).

    6. And! Use a handy recessed light converter to transform ordinary ceiling lights into chic pendants without complicated wiring.

    Reviewer image of a bathroom that used the kit to turn recess lighting into pendant lighting

    This converter's brace adjusts to fit recessed cans that are 4, 5, or 6 inches, plus works for sloped ceilings up to 45 degrees.

    Promising review: "This product works exactly as advertised. It converts a recessed light so that you can install another light fixture, and it does not require that you remove the metal can from your ceiling. This is convenient because these cans can be obnoxious to remove, and the hole left in your ceiling is probably bigger than you want for your new fixture anyway. My large dining room stupidly had ONE recessed light for the entire room. I used this product to install a chandelier." —The Mamos

    Get it from Amazon for $16.01.

    7. And if you'd like to buy pendant lights, these vintage-style glass lights will look fabulous with some Edison bulbs. Plus, they'll add a touch of sophistication to your kitchen or dining room setup.

    Reviewer image of three pendants above a counter top in a reviewer's kitchen

    The cord measures 10 inches, so you can adjust the height and create the decor aesthetic you'd like!

    Promising review: "I received lots of compliments and when I tell them I got them on Amazon, they're surprised! They're especially shocked when I tell them how much I paid. You definitely can't beat the price! It's a simple design with a 'WOW!' statement. I definitely recommend these pendants!" —KMags

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (bulb *not* included), and a four-pack of Edison bulbs for $15.49.

    8. Place some faux monstera stems in a vase and display them on your coffee table, nightstand, or dresser. These artificial plant babies are très chic and they don't need to be watered.


    Promising review: "These look and feel real. I added them to an artificial plant and you'd never know either of them were fake. Feels like a rubber tree plant if you know what that is :) Just what I was looking for." —D's Wife

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. Make the switch to a peel-and-stick wallpaper if you'd like to level up a kitchen corner or small staircase. Your living space will look like a mini Mediterranean villa when IRL, you didn't spend thousands on renovations.

    This peel-and-stick wallpaper is also removable, making it a great pick for folks who are renting an apartment or home!

    Promising review: "The paper of my dreams! Thick, easy to install, VERY forgiving pattern, and I was able to pull off and reposition several times with no loss of stickiness. Can’t say enough good things! Not even a bad smell like I was expecting after reading other reviews. One roll covered my entire set of stair risers with exactly the right amount and a very tiny strip leftover. Posting a before and after so you can be amazed at the transformation like I was. The results are just what I was hoping for and more." —BwHow

    Get a roll (measures 198" x 20.5") from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three colors).

    10. Design a DIY art ledge that'll show off your favorite art prints and photos. Install narrow floating shelves above a piece of furniture and your room will appear larger than it actually is (plus, no more bare walls).

    Hunted Interiors

    Get a picture ledge shelf from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors), and get a more in-depth tutorial on Hunted Interiors.

    11. Add a fresh coat of paint (like this gorgeous blue shade below) to your front door. The exterior of your house will look like a cover shot for a home decor magazine.,

    Promising review: "Excellent product. Very easy to use. We were able to paint our front door with two coats and be finished all in one day. The product is a very thick consistency that doesn't cause it to drip, run, splatter, or ruin your paint brushes. And there is very little prep work and cleanup." —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $38.44+ (available in 16 colors).

    12. Apply frosted films to glass windows and doors for additional privacy. Your neighbors don't need to catch a view of you vacuuming or making TikTok videos. You can also use it to decorate bathroom and kitchen cabinets.

    Promising review: "So easy to use. Quick and beautiful solutions to unique window needs. I love this window in my apartment but was forced to hide it behind a curtain for privacy. This finally allowed me to showcase the window and make it a unique focal point with the design. Used my Cricut craft machines to cut even 10"x10" squares. So easy." —N.R.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89 (available in seven sizes).

    13. Update the pillows on your bed and couch with these pom-pom pillow covers. Sometimes a subtle decor switch makes a big difference when it comes to your living space.

    Emerald green pillow covers with pom pom accents bordering entire pillow

    These are pillow *covers*, so you'll need to get a size that fits your current pillows, OR buy pillow inserts starting at $7.99.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in seven sizes and 20 styles/colors).

    14. Buy a multifunctional shelf that'll double up as home decor *and* an accessible storage spot. It'll work great for the bathroom (now you can finally find that shampoo!) or kitchen where all your spices will be within arm's reach.


    This shelf also comes with hooks, just in case you need to hang up additional essentials, like towels or cooking utensils!

    Promising review: "We purchased this to hang coffee mugs over our coffee maker to free up some space, and get things off the counter, with the shelf. I want to get another one to use as a paper towel holder, it should work out fine the pole is far enough away from the wall. The wide shelf will be nice because that is the place we keep the dogs meds, and right now the shelf we have is so narrow they fall off all the time." —Wendy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in six colors).

    15. Move your plant baby and plop 'em into something cute, like a seagrass basket. A table isn't the only spot in the house where you can display your favorite greenery.


    Promising review: "It’s exactly like the photo and looks great in my entryway. The pot was 10.5 inches at the top and fits perfectly (a little snug getting it through the opening, but since the middle of the basket is wider, it has plenty of room once in). I have some of those gray/white Moroccan-style throw pillows and rugs that are trendy at the moment, and this blends in great with the decor." —Erika Millen

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in more styles here).

    16. Grab a roll of faux marble contact paper and give your unappealing countertops, fireplace, and furniture an inexpensive makeover.

    Reviewer's progress photos of using marble paper to individually cover each brick tile on their fireplace

    There's minimal effort required on your part, because all you have to do is peel and stick it on the surface you'd like to cover up...that's it!

    Promising review: "I used a little more than one roll for a quick makeover on an ugly fireplace in a rental apartment. It's easy to cover the tiles with the film. It makes a huge difference for minimal effort/price." —Zhen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.23.

    Learn more in our full write-up: This Marble Contact Paper Will Make Cheap Furniture Look Like It's From West Elm

    17. Restore dated furniture with a fresh coat of chalk paint. Chalk paint works well with wooden furniture, so it only requires a little prep work before applying (more on that below).

    Reviewer's before/after of an old piece of furniture that was painted white and looks more modern and clean

    Chalk paint is thick and dries quickly. And because of its consistency, you don't have to spend hours sanding. Just give your piece a quick cleaning and light sanding, and your prep work is done!

    Promising review: "I just moved and have been refinishing a lot of furniture to match my new design. This paint has been amazing. It only requires a little elbow grease (just washing furniture clean and a light sanding) and it's ready to paint and finish! So much easier than before requiring endless sanding and preparation. I did a large dresser with just half a can of this paint and it turned out great. Highly recommend." —Christina Gomes

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    18. Craft an eye-catching design with a wall or floor stencil and some paint in small living spaces, like a laundry nook or entryway. You'll be amazed to see how this DIY project takes your walls to the next level.

    stencil used on back wall of laundry room

    Promising review: "Great stencil that comes out amazing when done! My only recommendation would be to wash your stencil frequently as you use it or the paint builds up and causes the paint to bleed under the stencil a bit. Overall easy to use and looks beautiful!" —KSerrano

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four sizes and seven designs).

    19. Brighten up your living room with sheer curtains that'll let lots of sunlight stream in. BRB, moving my couch to the nearest window (and ordering two of these ASAP).

    view of light gray sectional couch in front of window with sheer white curtains

    Promising review: "I LOVE THESE! I was looking for something to brighten my apartment up and to make it feel bigger. I’m so, so, so glad I decided to go with these! I was so scared while opening them. I ordered four white 95-inch sets. I just threw them in the dryer for two to three minutes to de-wrinkle them and hung them. These are amazingly cheap for how nice they are! Definitely makes my apartment feel like HOME. I would recommend these to anyone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 11 sizes and 22 colors).

    20. Stick accent magnets to your bare garage door for an easy, minimal-effort refresh that doesn't require any drilling. Everyone will think you installed new garage doors when you just placed these decorative strips on them.

    before/after of reviewer's garage with the magnets added to make it look like a new garage door

    Includes four magnetic carriage-style gate hinges, and two magnetic handles. And if you'd like to add faux magnetic windows to your garage door, here is a decorating kit to help you out. 

    Promising review: "The photos are before and after. These took about five minutes to install. They look amazing. Neighbors thought we purchased new garage doors." —Shanna

    Get the set from Amazon for $17.99.

    21. Take your living room layout to new heights with an eye-catching lamp. With a cool base and beautiful gold design, it will dress up any side table next to your couch.

    geometric abstract style lamp styled on an end table
    Rugs USA

    Promising review: "Gorgeous lamp! Sturdy construction, hefty weight and, very stylish. The coppery satin finish gives the lamp base a beautiful warm glow when lit. The interesting design will compliment any decor." —Michael C.

    Get it from Rugs USA for $74.90 (originally $179).

    22. Switch bulky furniture legs with an option that'll match your decor aesthetic. These little helpers will ~lift~ any cabinet and sofa and give them a luxurious look.

    Reviewer image of a gray console with acrylic legs installed

    Promising review (acrylic legs): "I love the acrylic legs I purchased for the white modern leather chair and sofa! Replacing the brown wooden legs with these clear acrylic legs changed the entire look and transformed it to a high-end contemporary look! LOVE!!" —Terri Jaggers

    Get a four-pack of the clear acrylic legs (left) from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in three sizes).

    23. Or! Extend the life of your older furniture and swap in these hairpin legs. Peep at the before and after photo below to see a wow-worthy table transformation. 😲

    Reviewer image using the hairpin legs to turn an old table into a TV stand

    Promising review: "I needed a really narrow coffee table for my family room as I'd just purchased a fairly deep leather couch. I decided to use a really cool piece of reclaimed lumber we found on the side of the road two years ago. I sanded, stained, waxed, and added these 16-inch legs. OMG I'm in LOVE! They not only arrived fast, but were in perfect condition, and came with screws and great instructions. They're well-made, sturdy, and I love the matte finish." —Timothy Johnson

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in six sizes and three colors).

    24. Instead of knocking down a boring wall, create your own wood herringbone accent wall that'll give it an HGTVworthy revamp. It doesn't require a lot of supplies and you can check out the full tutorial below.

    herringbone wall with a small table styled against it
    The Home Depot Blog

    Learn how to create this accent wall at The Home Depot Blog.

    25. Layer a set of string lights with sheer curtains to turn your bedroom into a twinkling oasis. You'll be surrounded by a soft, soothing glow while you take a nap or meditate.,

    These string lights are waterproof, can be used indoors and outdoors, and have eight light settings you can control with a remote.

    Promising review: "I got two sets of these lights for two different windows, and they really are so pretty! I love all the different settings there are, and they really just make your place nice and cozy at night! Hopefully they last a long time! It did take some time to wind them around the curtain rod, but if you follow the instructions and don't open them until you've tied them around the rod, they should not get tangled. I'm using them indoors, so no comment on how weatherproof they are." —Victoria C.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors) and the sheer curtains for $19.99+ (available in 16 sizes and 20 colors).

    26. Use jumbo clothespin towel holders instead of bulky shelves for bathroom linens. They'll be so handy when you're cold after a shower and need to wrap yourself in something warm, stat. They're also very durable and will look great next to a tub or above a toilet.

    giant clothespin towel holders clasped onto large towels above a toilet
    Barwood Shop/Etsy

    Barwood Shop is a handmade home decor shop based in Adirondack, New York.

    Promising review: "I was worried I wouldn’t like them but once I got them on my bathroom wall I loved them! They’re so cute and perfect to hang towels with." —Etsy Customer

    Get them from Barwood Shop on Etsy for $25.97+ (available in seven colors).

    27. Buy a cabinet painting kit for your kitchen, because it'll give your cabinets an easy and affordable update without ripping them out and replacing them. Paint them all one color *or* change it up with a different shade for top and bottom cabinets.

    Includes two 31-oz. cans of Nuvo cabinet paint, one roller arm, two roller covers, two stir sticks, and one angled paint brush. Each covers 100 square feet of cabinet surface.

    Promising review: "This product was super easy to use. We went with the tips in the reviews and bought nicer foam rollers specifically for cabinets and I’m so happy I did, it made it so we barely had to use a brush because of how the foam rolls over the side. We also took the doors and handles off, which I recommend also. It definitely wouldn’t have turned out as nice if we left them on.

    This took four coats and five in the larger areas (i.e. next to the fridge, etc). Our kitchen took two kits, but well worth it and still way cheaper than the quotes that we got from professionals. It totally changes the feel of the kitchen and it looks SO MUCH BRIGHTER! I would say give yourself a few days to knock this out as it took us several nights to finish. But would highly recommend." —T.J. Sarnese

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (available in more colors here).

    28. And! Switch out plain pulls for some gold ones that'll add a fancy touch to your kitchen cabinets or bedroom dresser.,

    Promising review: "If you have any doubts in your mind about these handle pulls.... don't!!! They are absolutely stunning in person. They are heavy and have a lux weighted feel and look to them. The brushed brass gleams the perfect amount. I truly get so happy every time I walk into my kitchen. These handle pulls make it magnificent. They're like jewelry for your kitchen. I couldn't be happier with them." —Ravi S

    Get a set of 10 five-inch pulls from Amazon for $51.65.

    29. Wrap copper tape around picture frames or framed art to give your gallery wall a fun and seamless revamp.

    Two frames with copper art and one with copper taped around the matte
    Centsational Style

    Learn more on Centsational Style, and get a four-pack of copper tape for $10.98.

    30. Apply a brick whitewash paint if you'd like your fireplace to have a farmhouse-inspired appearance. Now all you need are some antiques, picture frames, and a leaf garland to complete your cozy setup.

    Promising review: "This is amazing! It looks like a different fireplace. I have been looking at a horrible grout repair that the previous owners did for 20 years. I did this in about two hours! This product is fast, it's easy to use, easy to clean up, and inexpensive." —Denise

    Get a pint from Amazon for $24.95.

    31. Think outside the box with removable botanical wallpaper. It works for framed paneling above your nightstand or as a stylish background in between closet shelves. Don't be afraid to get creative with it!,

    One roll measures 20.5"x18' and covers about 30.75 square feet.

    Promising review: "This wallpaper is not sticky, it is tacky. That’s what allows it to be removed without damaging the wall. I was able to reposition it once or twice on a freshly painted eggshell finish wall. I think people who are having issues with it falling down are either putting it on flat paint or a dirty wall. Make sure to wash off your wall before trying to put this up otherwise it will just stick to the dust then fall off. I found the pattern easy to line up, it repeats perfectly. The background of the print almost makes it look like it is made from linen." —C. Schaffer

    Get it from Amazon for $28.27 (available in blue and green).

    32. Hang a new chandelier — like this post-modern beauty — so it can be a cool focal point in your dining room. Just picture yourself looking up at it while you eat a delicious meal and drink a glass of wine.

    reviewer image of chandelier hung over mid-mod style dining table

    Promising review: "This turned out to be a great purchase. I had seen similar lights for much more money. I was trying to coordinate this light with some others I had in my house and this was perfect. As the vendor states, it can hang from a sloped ceiling. I needed to customize the down rod and the vendor answered my email the same day and shipped a longer rod immediately. I also broke a globe and they shipped me two! I am very happy with the vendor and my light." —Laura E. West

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99+ (available in four colors).

    33. Or place a ceiling medallion above a light fixture for all the royal feels. Whether you have a small chandelier or geometric pendant, this accent piece will make you feel like you're on the set of Bridgerton.,

    Lots of reviewers painted it!

    Promising review: "These medallions were much prettier than I expected, and were super smooth for reception of paint. It took me a few days to decide the color placement and style, as they will be in rooms that are visible to one another. Pre-colored medallions are crazy expensive, doing it myself saved me money I used to upgrade my chandeliers." —Cris

    Get it from Amazon for $64 (available in 63 colors).

    34. Install stick-on lights to give your kitchen a soothing glow, no matter what time of day it is. The cabinets above your appliances and counters will be *chef's kiss* amazing with a little illuminating.

    reviewer image of kitchen cabinets with lighting installed underneath

    Includes a remote that can adjust the brightness.

    Promising review "This is a wonderful product; just what I wanted. Super easy to install and I love that it breaks off into sections so you don’t have any hanging over to hide. The remote is awesome and there are lots of brightness settings. I’m going to use these everywhere!" —Queen Halloween

    Get the six-piece kit from Amazon for $20.99 (available in two light colors).

    35. Cover up chips, scrapes, and scratches on your old furniture with pretty floral decals. All you have to do is rub them onto your piece of furniture with a wooden stick (no polishing or painting required) and they'll give it a beautiful design.

    Black sideboard covered in red, yellow, and orange illustrated poppy flower decals
    Maika Daughters / Etsy

    These decals also work on many other surfaces, including doors, wood, and walls!

    Maika Daughters is small businesses based in Texas that sells cool materials for upcycling projects.

    Promising review: "These poppy decals are the best! Not as much work as I feared and they look sensational!" —ElizabethMeredith

    Get the sheet with all these decals from Maika Daughters on Etsy for $29.99.

    36. Upgrade your bathroom with a stainless-steel rainfall showerhead that'll turn your shower into a spa retreat. The sound of water trickling down tile will be so relaxing while you wash your hair and body.

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful showerhead, very thin, but feels quite sturdy and heavy. Installation took no more than five minutes. The shower head has a very smooth, highly polished, mirror-like chrome finish. It gives a satisfying showering experience without wasting too much water. Absolutely no leaks whatsoever. Everybody in our family said they liked it. What else is there to say about a showerhead?" —Sadda Reddy

    Get it from Amazon for $45.89+ (available in three sizes and four finishes).

    37. And lay out interlocking teak tiles that'll give your shower floor a tropical vibe. No tools are required to install them and you'll be glad you took the plunge to revamp your relaxing sanctuary.

    Reviewer's shower in with the tiles on the bottom

    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii, you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc... In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. ft from Amazon for $78.39.

    38. Elevate an empty space with a textured comfy rug. Your reading nook just received a cozy makeover, because you can finally place your feet on something soft.

    textured rug with tassels and a geometric design styled in living room
    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: "This rug is perfect! Extremely soft and comfortable, it’s amazing for living rooms, bedrooms or wherever you may need a rug." —Tara H

    Get it from Boutique Rugs starting at $43.05+ (available in three sizes).

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