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    29 Easy Home Updates That Won't Break The Bank

    It doesn't take a bunch of money (or major home improvement skills) to transform your home in subtle ways that make all the difference.

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    1. Transform your plain ol' furniture with stencils that'll turn anything into a stunning work of art!

    A wood coffee table with the stenciled white paisley pattern on top
    amazon.com

    If you have any questions, check out this video tutorial on wall stenciling!

    Promising review: "I stenciled an unpainted dresser for my daughter's room and this stencil worked GREAT. If I were to do it again, I would order two stencils, as the repetitive stenciling began to clog up the stencil and the pattern became smaller and smaller as I worked β€” even though I tried to wash off the paint part way through the project. I used chalk paint, which is a bit heavier than your typical acrylic and I did the entire front of the dresser, not just a border." β€”Little Kob

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97+ (available in three styles).

    2. Arrange some mirrored decals in any pattern you can think of to dress up your walls and make small rooms feel a little bit bigger.

    A reviewer's set of hexagon-shaped mirrors on the wall
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    Promising review: "Considering the price, it’s pretty good. It's easy to install and it makes a boring wall more interesting. As others said, it’s not glass. Glass would probably be way more difficult to install for a similar effect though. This works just fine and only involves peeling and sticking." β€”Me

    Get a set of 12 pieces from Amazon for $13.98.

    3. Upgrade your kitchen walls with mold-, heat-, and moisture-resistant peel-and-stick faux-gel tile backsplash that'll make it look like you shelled out for a full on renovation when you did no such thing.

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    Promising review: "We did a kitchen facelift this summer, repainting and making everything look fresh. We were looking at The Home Depot version of these, which are more than double the price. We decided to go for these instead and they are amazing!! I put them up myself in about two hours. I did buy the adhesive spray just in case but it wasn’t needed, even for the few I had to peel off and re-stick to center correctly. These aren’t too difficult to apply but definitely require patience. 100% worth the buy for a DIY affordable update!" β€”Hope Consilvio

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $35.99 (visit the shop page for more colors, including a multi-color one, a white marble one, and a brown one).

    4. Easily bring your filthy tile floors back to life with a grout pen that works like a regular marker so that even the least handy person can easily cover up the years of dirt and grime keeping your bathroom from ever looking truly clean.

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    Promising review: "I have 12-inch white tile in my whole house that is 20 years old. Even though I have kept it looking nice, the grout still was getting dark. I cleaned the grout and let it dry good 'til the next day then used the grout pen. It looks like it is brand-new. One thing that I found out was that if the tip of the pen starts to look worn you can just pull it out and turn it over β€” it is the same tip on both ends. It will take some time to do the whole house but it looks so great that I will just do a section at a time 'til I finish. One other thing that I did was run my finger down the grout line after I apply the grout pen then wipe down the tile line with a paper towel so no other cleanup was necessary." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. Add some peel-and-stick wallpaper to boring walls to make them feel more homey, then simply remove when you are looking for a change!

    The all-white, faux-brick print paper
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm very happy with this! The wall I put it on is about 9 ft. wide-by-8 foot high, there is one window, and my baseboards are about 6 inches high β€” I ordered three rolls but only used two (with waste). Our house is VERY old so the walls are not flat and the corners are not an even 45 degrees, that's why I had more waste than I think I would have in a newer home. I did not have trouble matching the pattern (I recommend matching up the side from top to bottom then smoothing it out from there rather than going from top to bottom). I was able to cut around the windows with ease; repositioning was easy. It's a little awkward at first, but once you get the first piece up it the rest is easy. I did this myself and it took about two and half hours (it took about 40 minutes just to get started because our walls are so wonky, so I imagine a flat plumb wall would be much faster). I used a flat plastic paper-smoothing tool to smooth it out as well as the palms of my hands. I wouldn't hesitate to use this product again." β€”Common Sense

    Get it from Amazon for $25.61+ (visit the shop page for more colors and designs, including a stone pattern, a brown brick pattern, and a chevron pattern).

    6. Trick guests into thinking your countertops are made from expensive marble with a DIY paint kit that costs much less than replacing them altogether.

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    Promising review: "I found out about this kit a few weeks ago. I redid my mother's countertops first and was so pleased with the results, I bought a second kit and did mine this weekend. I am not a crafty person, so if I can do it, anyone can. Just be sure you follow the step-by-step instructions on the included DVD. They came out great!" β€”Sarah W. Fallon

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in four colors).

    7. Add some colorful art to your walls that'll make you smile and, tbh, could also serve as inspo for your other decor choices.

    Watercolor and pencil artwork of dogs in a colorful bedroom
    Priscilla Weidlein / Tiny Showcase

    Tiny Showcase is a small business whose goal is to make collecting art more affordable and accessible. They release limited edition prints from a variety of incredible artists, and donate a portion of the proceeds to a nonprofit organization near and dear to the artists' heart.

    Also, heads up that Tiny Showcase has a quantity policy, meaning you can only buy two of each print, to avoid wholesale transactions and maintain the integrity of an online curated gallery.

    Get Little Dog's Rhapsody by Rhode Island-based artist, illustrator, and designer Priscilla Weidlein from Tiny Showcase for $36+ (available unframed, matted 11"x14", or framed in maple; PayPal available).

    Check out more available pieces at Tiny Showcase here.

    8. And while you're at it, why not designate an area in your home to showcase all of your favorite art with a gallery wall kit that includes seven frames, a hanging template, hardware, and a set of black and white prints you can use to fill the space between other art pieces and family photos.

    A set of seven differently sized photo frames arranged on a wall
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is awesome! Why isn't everyone including the outline with exactly where to put the nails? It turned out so cute, and my husband loved how easy it was to hang! Just make sure to check you're using the right size nail prior to putting holes in your wall!" β€”Megan Lingerfelt

    Get it from Amazon for $48.27+ (available in three colors).

    9. Instead of tossing scratched up furniture, use a wood filler kit to make them look magically reborn.

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    The kit includes 12 filler shades and a brush.

    Promising review: "This is super easy to use and effective for being so inexpensive! I am very impressed with how this fixed my chairs that my cat scratched up. Instead of spending $100 per new chair, I took a chance with this stuff and I’m so glad I did. You have to figure out what color matches your wood best β€” my teak chairs actually needed a slightly darker color or else the filler made the wood flat and more so like paint. When I went with the darker color it put the grain effect back on and looked natural." β€”Sara Petrouskie

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. Paint your cabinets instead of buying brand-new ones to freshen up the vibe in your kitchen.

    Amazon

    The kit comes with two cans cabinet paint, a roller arm, two roller covers, and an angled paint brush; it requires no stripping, priming, or top coat or sealer, and there's no need to remove your cabinet doors.

    Promising review: "Amazing! Amazing! Amazing. Did take more than one coat though. My cabinets were bare wood and I still needed a couple of coats. (Five to be exact, but that was just me being extra.) My kitchen is medium-sized, not too big, and it only took up one can. But I still went over a couple more times just to get a nice coating. I also let it sit for some days and saw the wood was sucking up the paint in some areas so I went over it again. The project ideally does take one day like the promotion video says, but one day as in 24 hours. This took my kitchen from looking like a cheap rental apartment kitchen to a high-quality kitchen with just this paint and new knobs. The paint is perfect for cabinets β€” it's not too thick, so you still see the wood grains. It comes with EVERYTHING you need. I didn't have to buy a thing. The project is super easy, paint dries fast, and I did it at first by removing the cabinets but it wasn't necessary at all. Just make sure you don't leave any dripping because it would make your cabinets look cheap. I would recommend EVERYONE to purchase this and give your cabinets a chance before making a big investment in new cabinets. Wood is wood and it can be refinished." β€”Brandon Moronta

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (also available in gray, mint, black, and white).

    11. And while you're in cabinet mode, replace those outdated handles with some sleek drawer handles that'll look much more modern.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "These handles are great! I love the look of the cup drawer handles but did not want to spend $5/handle at the big box home improvement store. At this price for 10, you cannot beat the price of these β€” I did have to purchase longer screws in order to install them though. Otherwise, this is a great product!" β€”Nelly and her Nerd

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $24.95.

    12. Try out a surprisingly easy-to-use conversion kit to transform recess lighting into charming pendant lighting that'll add a little je ne sais quoi to your space.

    A display showing recess lighting that has been converted to pendant style lighting with red light shades
    Amazon

    Remember!! This is just a conversion kit and light shades aren't included.

    Promising review: "As a new homeowner, I am learning things as I go along. I bought a condo that has very outdated recessed light fixtures (not to mention CFL bulbs!). I bought my pendant lighting before I realized I can't just easily change them within an hour. Thankfully, after watching Youtube tutorials, it led me to this amazing product and I was able to install my pendant lights without having to pay an electrician hundreds of dollars to do it for me!" β€”Erika B.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $34.49+ (also available as a pack of three or six).

    13. Use some vinyl marble gloss contact paper to add a glossy finish and extra character to surfaces, photo frames, and more.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This wrap completely transformed my desk! I had to order two to cover everything, but nonetheless, my desk looks amazing and everyone who walks into my room notices. It's not a super-thin vinyl, so if there are tiny imperfections/scratches where you want to place it, it will be covered! I've never used a vinyl wrap before so I was a little nervous, but surprisingly, it was super easy to apply and I finished up in less than 10 minutes." β€”Shan

    Get a roll from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available in packs of two, three, four, five, and 50 rolls).

    14. Add a stylish distressed Persian area rug that'll make your living room look like it's straight out of a magazine.

    The rug on a wood floor in a sitting room
    Rugs USA

    Reviewers note that these rugs are even more vibrantly colored in person!

    Promising review: "I purchased this rug in the Dark Blue color. I loved the first so much (8x10), I had to get a smaller one (5x8) for my entryway. The vintage look is perfect for my farmhouse decor and the color is magnificent against my wood floors. It is very soft, much more plush that I ever imagined, especially for the price. I love it so much I plan to purchase the runners to match for my upstairs hallways." β€”Michael K.

    Get it from Rugs USA for $27.30 - $572.20 (available in nine colors, five shapes, and 12 sizes).

    15. Or grab a printed rug to add texture to a room desperately in need of some personality.

    The patterned rug in a living room with couches
    Jungalow

    Jungalow is a Black-owned, woman-owned decor and furniture shop that actually started as a design blog. They try to use natural, recycled, recyclable, and compostable materials in their products.

    Get it from Jungalow for $79+ (available in five sizes).

    16. Replace ancient cabinet hardware with much more modern-looking pulls that are a breeze to install.

    A reviewer showing the old pull and the new pull
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    Heads up that some reviewers recommend purchasing your own screws instead of using the included ones.

    Promising review: "Wow!! That's my first thought on opening these. I'm in the process of updating my master bathroom and saw these online. Of course the bargain shopper I am I checked my local stores. They had packs of 10 for $54...very lightweight. So I was scared of what I was getting here. These are almost 5 ounces each!! Very heavy quality, all individually wrapped with the screws for each. Definitely best quality and best price!!" β€”Margaret

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $36.97+ (available in various sizes, colors, and styles).

    17. Make almost anything around your home look brand-new with some spray paint that'll turn it into something uniquely yours.

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    Promising review: "If used correctly, this achieves excellent coverage. I have used it on (sanded) aluminum, on previously powdered coated steel, on raw mild steel, on brushed titanium. With proper application, the results were always excellent. That said, it's not an easy paint to use. If you just 'spray and pray', without surface preparation and with only one coat, it will make for a very terrible, blotchy finish. But if you know what you are doing, this is an excellent product." β€”Filippo Beretta

    Learn some tips and tricks for spray painting to ensure you get the best results.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.43+ (available in 20+ colors and four finishes).

    18. Add a sleek planter to your wall that'll show off all your green friends without using up any precious floor space.

    EcoVibe

    EcoVibe is a Black-, woman-, and family-owned small business based in Portland, OR that focuses on the environment and sustainable, ethical practices.

    Get it from EcoVibe for $30 (available in six colors; Shop Pay, Google Pay, and Amazon Pay available).

    19. Nab some pom-pom pillow covers that can freshen up your entire living room without investing a bunch of time and money into redecorating.

    The green pillow covers with pom poms
    Amazon

    Just keep in mind these are pillow *covers*, so you'll need to select a size to fit your current pillows, OR buy pillow inserts starting at $6.99. If you like your pillows fuller, make sure you size down the pillow covers by 2 inches so you can achieve that firm, fluffy look.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these pillow covers! They feel very high quality at a very affordable price. I have four children, and I was afraid of the light color getting dirty, but they are very easy to wipe down and keep clean. They are SUPER soft and comfy. I am very happy with my purchase." β€”Jenny Hauser

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in six sizes and 23 colors).

    20. Shake up the entryway to your home with some front door paint that comes in a variety of bold *and* subtle colors to meet your exact style preferences.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "WOW, this exceeded all our expectations. Easy to apply, dries very fast, and it's holding up very well. It's been over a year since we painted the front doors and they look great. They are easy to clean too." β€”Rimfire

    Get it from Amazon for $35.73+ (available in 22 colors).

    21. Revive worn-looking wooden surfaces with a some wood finisher that'll banish marks and scratches while giving them a fresh glossy look.

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    Promising review: "As you can see my cabinets look pretty dry and disgusting. The finished product is it looks like I refinished the cabinet. So very easy to use! I bought Walnut but found that I could also use it on Cherry Wood. I also bought the Howard's Feed and Wax to protect and maintain the finish. It's a fabulous product that I found the first time about 20 years ago! I was thrilled to see that they were still in business and still providing an excellent product!" β€”Carolyn Hutchinson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two sizes and nine finishing shades).

    22. Easily add a set of cute carriage-style magnets to your garage door to give it an extra dose of charm you'll love looking at every time you pull in the driveway.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    They won't rust out at all because they're made of a super durable UV- and weather-resistant plastic.

    Promising review: "If you're looking for instant curb appeal with little effort, you need to get these. These haven't moved in large rain storms or excessive wind and hopefully won't rust out like the more expensive drilled sets my neighbors have since there are no exposed screws or hardware." β€”SG

    Get them from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in six styles).

    23. Make your shower feel much more luxurious by adding an easy-to-install dual-spray showerhead that includes a handheld sprayer perfect for cleaning those hard-to-reach places.

    The shower head and the handheld sprayer with a steady stream of water coming out
    Amazon

    Apartment Therapy explains how to easily replace your shower head, and this Amazon review has a great step-by-step for this particular shower head.

    Promising review: "This is a great shower head set. Both heads allow you to easily change the water setting, and a distinct click lets you know when you're right on that setting's maximum flow. The exterior of the shower head combo is a nice shiny chrome, and it definitely provides a luxury feel. The hose is lightweight and very high quality. I haven't had any problems with water leaking from either shower head or from the hose. For the price of this shower head, you can't beat it." β€”Nathan

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    24. Swap out discolored, cracked, and generally unexciting switch-plates for some shiny gold covers that'll make you feel like you're living in a fancy mansion.

    The gold cover over double light switches
    Amazon

    This is a change that takes only a few minutes: unscrew the old and screw on the new!

    Promising review: "I've ordered these before and they are a very good product. Good quality and they look good too. My only negative is that they are a little smaller in length and width than the plastic ones found in most homes (standard) so if the hole was cut just a little too large, you may be able to see the opening when using these covers." β€”Alan

    Get these from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in four finishes).

    25. Use some cool blue paint to change things up and make any room feel brand-new. Or if blue isn't your vibe, check out some other color options here!

    Clare

    Clare is a Black woman-owned small business that focuses on making paint shopping easy and inspiring, offering designer-curated colors, peel-and-stick color swatches, and high quality paint and supplies so your experience is hassle- and mess-free. If the whole concept of repainting stresses you out, Clare is here to help!

    Get it from Clare for $54 per gallon (and $2 per swatch; QuadPay available).

    26. Add an LED light strip around your mirror so you can feel like a Hollywood star every time you're doing your makeup routine.

    Vanity with a three-section mirror, each with a ring of lights around the outside, illuminating it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "It looks beautiful on my new vanity! The brightness is incredible, and I love the dimmer feature. To line my mirror, I used about half the roll, and I wish it came with another plug/dimmer for the second half! I’ll definitely be ordering them. The light is strong, and shows you ALL imperfections (which I guess is the point, but wow, surprise!!) I am now hooked, and I'm telling my husband all the things in our home that HAVE to be lined with lights!" β€”Jenni P.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    27. Utilize your empty walls for extra storage space by installing some floating shelves to show off your fun collection of knick knacks, display your ever-growing pile books, or hold items that simply won't fit anywhere else.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I've been looking everywhere for shelves like these but have had no luck. Anything I found was either too big or over $100. These are fantastic. They go perfectly in my bathroom and allow me extra shelving for things I can't fit on the counter top. I'm buying another set or two for my living room. They're super easy to hang, especially if you have a drill." β€”Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in two finishes/colors).

    28. Or put up a set of five honeycomb-style hexagon shelves that'll give your walls a little more pizzazz! You can hang them individually or combine them to create a geometric pattern that's all your own! They're great for displaying decor, housing your plants, or offering an extra spot to store clutter.

    the shelves holding flowers and a figurine
    303Woods / Etsy

    303Woods is a small business based in Shreveport, Louisiana that focuses on custom-built furniture and home decor.

    Promising review: "We received our shelves last night and I LOVE THEM! They are exactly as described and the perfect size for the wall in our hallway. They are also sent with nails for you to hang them. I cannot say enough great things about Joey. I was a little leery about hanging them because people posted so many different ways of arranging them, but I reached out to Joey and he showed me the simplest way! He was so kind and responsive. Super friendly seller! I would absolutely purchase from him again and recommend his work!" β€”Kristine Tran

    Get it from 303Woods on Etsy for $105.

    29. And finally, hang up a handmade coat rack complete with nine hooks and a generous amount of shelf space to keep your coats, keys, hats, decor, and other objects nice and tidy while adding some rustic charm to your space.

    the Key and Coat Rack mounted on a wall wit a jacket, umbrella, and keys hanging from several hooks
    Distressed Me Not/Etsy

    Distressed Me Not is a family-owned small business based in North Carolina that creates handmade rustic and beachy pieces that'll make your home feel warm and toasty.

    Promising review: "We live in the mountains and have lots of coats, scarves, and hats all over the place. This rack is twice as big as what we had before, with the added attraction of having a shelf on top. I went to a little antique shop and got a few things to put on top, and my husband and I really like the look! The shelf is well-made and of a quality that it is built to last." β€”Bev Linder

    Get it from Distressed Me Not on Etsy for $29+ (available in 10 sizes and with or without a top shelf).

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