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    32 Ways To Breathe New Life Into Your Home That Don't Involve Knocking Down A Wall

    Give your living space an easy revamp with peel-and-stick wallpaper, furniture paint, and more DIY-friendly products.

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    1. 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 $27.75 (available in blue and green).

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Lay a table runner on your coffee table or dining room table for an instant home decor upgrade. Place it below a bouquet of flowers, some botanical candles, and a fruit bowl and you'll be good to go!

    blue and white patterned table runner with bouquet of flowers in vase and fruit bowl on top

    Jungalow is a small business that sells colorful home decor, furniture, and gifts. From throw pillows to candle holders, you'll find gorgeous products that'll brighten up your living space.

    Get it from Jungalow for $22.

    5. 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." —TJ Sarnese

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

    6. 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.

    7. Zhuzh up a dull bench or side table with broken mosaic tiles. If your furniture needs a pop of color, now's the time give it a vivid refresh!,

    FYI, you can also use these tiles as backsplash in your kitchen or add them to outdoor steps!

    Promising review: "Most of the tiles were intact so I used full tiles around the border of my table and broken tiles in middle. Colors and patterns look like picture when I ordered." —PSB

    Get a 15-pound bag from Amazon for $49.95.

    8. 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).

    9. 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 three sizes and 10 designs).

    10. 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).

    11. 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 $28.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors), and get a more in-depth tutorial on Hunted Interiors.

    12. 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+ (also sold in a two-pack; available in 12 colors).

    13. Make the switch to a peel-and-stick wallpaper if you'd like to add a little excitement to 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 $33.94+ (available in three colors).

    14. 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 $16.99+ (available in eight sizes and 21 colors).

    15. 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).

    16. 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 four, five, or six inches, plus works for sloped ceilings up to 45 degrees.

    Promising review: "I recently installed three of these to convert can lights into track lights and they worked perfectly. After I installed the first one, which took about 20 minutes, the other two went in in about 10 minutes each. The finished product looks great. The medallions look good on my ceiling. The base of the track lights fit into them perfectly. You could also not use the medallions if the base of your fixture is large enough to cover the can light. This is a quick and easy way to convert lights." —Earth Spirits

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    17. Clean your dirty deck and fence with an efficient power washer. It generates up to 2,030 psi to remove years and years of gross debris from outdoor spaces.

    Promising review: "The first time out and the deck is a whole lot cleaner than it was before I started. I just used the 15-degree nozzle and the algae came right off. Word of advice: use your old shoes. I had to wash all the gunk off my shoes after I was done. I like the quietness of this electric unit and the way it cycles to idle when you stop pulling on the trigger. It takes a bit of time to undue the hose nozzle and put it on the unit and then to undo when you are finished. It was fairly easy to use. My 6x16-foot deck took about an hour and a half. It was covered with 30 years of algae that got slippery when it was wet. So, now I feel safer. I figure I can do it two times a year and keep ahead of the grime." —P Chapman

    Get it from Amazon for $152.51 (available in four colors).

    18. 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).

    19. 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 love them! They’re so cute and perfect to hang towels with." —Etsy Customer

    Get them from Barwood Shop on Etsy for $24.62+ (available in seven colors).

    20. 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 clean up." —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $38.43+ (available in 17 colors).

    21. Grab a roll of 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 $12.21+ (available in five sizes).

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

    22. Upgrade your bathroom with a stainless-steel rainfall shower head 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 shower head, 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 shower head?" —Sadda Reddy

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

    23. Get crafty and use bamboo baskets to make pretty pendant lights for your bathroom, living room, or home office.

    Collective Gen's blog photo of two pendant lights made with seagrass baskets
    Collective Gen

    Get the complete instructions from Collective Gen.

    24. Lay out interlocking teak tiles that'll give your backyard patio or 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.,

    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 $68.30.

    25. And then don't forget to add a sealant (like this semi-transparent one below!) that'll shield the wood from rain, snow, and wind, while restoring your deck back to its former glory.

    reviewer image of deck half stained, with the half-stained side vibrant and bright

    Promising review: "This was recommended to me by a guy who sold us redwood boards from his mill. It went on easily and it looks gorgeous! I stained a fence and two decks in the last three years and this product is far superior right off the bat. Love the richness of the color and the wood is soaking it up consistently." —I Know Jack

    Get a 1-gallon can from Amazon for $33.99 (available in five stain colors).

    26. 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 with from Maika Daughters on Etsy for $29.99.

    27. Buy some peel-and-stick backsplash so you don't have to spend hours googling how to install tiles in your bathroom or kitchen. Just peel it off, stick it on, and you'll be done (no tools or glue are necessary).,

    Promising review: "I love everything about these tiles! The way they look, the way they feel, the way they are's all so easy. It looks and feels like real tile. The only thing hard about the application is sitting still for that long to make sure all the lines and tiles line up. We found that two people doing it together was the best way. Start at the bottom and only peel back the bottom later and stick on the wall in the perfect spot. Then pull the backing away from the bottom - up, using a credit card to smooth each row of tiles as they stick. It looks so seamless! I can't say enough about how awesome these tiles are. I was SUPER skeptical and very worried about trying this, but it turned out great and kept us WAY under budget for our kitchen reno. Great Product!" —Giuliana Alcala

    Get a 12"x12" sheet from Amazon for $28.89+ (available in six colors).

    28. Replace dated stair railings with a more modern version that'll look polished and work with your home decor. Just peep at the results below to see why this DIY project is worth your time and effort.

    Hunted Interiors

    Get this full tutorial at Hunted Interiors.

    29. 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 5 minutes to install. They look amazing. Neighbors thought we purchased new garage doors." —Shanna

    Get the set from Amazon for $17.99.

    30. 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 $13.99+ (available in eight sizes and 22 colors).

    31. Place outdoor sconces on a patio wall or wooden fence for ambient lighting. Just add in comfy seating, chill music, and a sunset for a relaxing evening.


    Promising review: "All we can say is WOW! These lights surpassed our expectations! You could buy other similar lights for a lower price, but these are high quality and worth what we paid. The material is heavy duty, great casing to handle weathering. A breeze to install, we had three lights done within an hour with no issues. The look is modern, clean. Would highly recommend!" —Ruth B.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 each (available in black and white and two styles).

    32. And makeover old countertops with some stone-effect spray paint. Skip spending money on a pricey countertop and use this glossy solution instead for a wow-worthy bathroom transformation.

    Promising review: "We recently purchased a new home, and we're not gutting our main bathroom until next summer, but I just couldn't live with that 1980s green another day. So after reading a lot of tutorials, I decided to go for it and paint the counter. I LOVE how it came out! Once it was dry for 24 hours, I applied several coats of poly and let it sit for 72 hours before I let the counter go back into normal use. It's held up like a dream." —Mistella

    This reviewer left a super in-depth review, so check out the rest of it here for their tips and tricks.

    Get it from Amazon for $20 (available in three sizes and five colors).

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