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    46 Small Home Upgrades That'll Make A *Big* Difference

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    1. Some super-cute removable wallpaper to add a pop of color to any room.

    2. A wood polish and conditioner with beeswax and orange oil that'll impressively hide those dings and scratches making your floors, doors, furniture, and other wood surfaces look old and dingy. Now you can put off replacing them and save some $$$!

    reviewer photo showing a dramatic before and after of their front doors

    3. A dual under-the-cabinet trash system that'll keep your trash hidden away so it isn't an eyesore in your otherwise flawlessly aesthetic space while also freeing up some much needed floor space.

    4. Some new cabinet pulls — they're a breeze to install and look much more modern than the ancient handles making the entire room feel dated.

    A reviewer showing the old pull and the new pull

    5. Or some cup drawer handles for a slightly different but equally modern look.

    6. And while you're in cabinet mode, some cabinet paint so you can stop complaining about how they don't go with anything else in your otherwise flawlessly styled kitchen.

    7. Some fake wood contact paper sure to improve any surface you use it on.

    8. A can of Colorshot spray paint — it comes in a variety of stunning colors so you can take any boring piece of furniture or decor and give it a whole new personality! Plus, it's made using sugarcane instead of petroleum so you can feel better about using it.

    9. A plant stand so you can proudly display your leafy friends, stunning ceramics, favorite books, and other decor pieces with as much style as they deserve — even if your small apartment's running a little low on surface space.

    plant stand with three different tiers to display plants

    10. A vibrant shag rug that'll make your living room look like it's straight out of a magazine.

    the multicolor Diamond Shag Area Rug in a room

    11. A hanging tool organizer you can use to hang brooms, mops, ironing boards, and more so you can free up some much needed floor space for all of the *other* things that need storing.

    reviewer before and after of their broom and appliances on the floor, then held up by this organizer

    12. Some LED cloud lights because ~the sky's the limit~ when it comes to lighting options that can totally transform your space. Each cloud has eight different light settings (fade, flash, dim, etc.), is battery operated so there are no ugly cords to try to hide, and even includes a convenient timer.

    the clouds hanging in different shades of blue

    13. And speaking of ugly cords, a cable organizer box because, let's face it, piles of tangled cords are not very aesthetically pleasing, and you didn't put effort into making your room cute only to have it marred by your quenchless thirst for electricity.

    14. Some vinyl marble gloss contact paper to add a glossy finish and extra character to surfaces, photo frames, and more that'll make them look way more expensive than they actually are.

    15. A jar of front door paint that comes in a variety of bold *and* subtle colors to ensure that your door meets your exact style preferences.

    16. A prismatic window film — it's easy to stick on any glass surface for an extra layer of privacy *and* some gorgeous rainbow reflections that'll make your space feel a little more magical.

    17. Some easy-to-install medallions here to upgrade your recessed lighting into something with a little more character.

    The medallion installed over a recessed light

    18. Some Command hooks perfect for making organizing and decorating way easier. No tools needed! They're strong enough to hold a wide variety of items, and you can easily move or remove them whenever you want without leaving behind any holes, sticky residue, or other marks that your landlord would just LOVE to charge you for.

    19. A hidden bookshelf to turn your prized book collection into a bookworm's dream display so you can admire them daily.

    20. Some trendy Edison bulbs for anyone who wants to replace stale white lights with something a little warmer to give any space a charming vintage feel.

    21. A set of thick velvet slipcovers that simply slip over sofa cushions so you can feel like you have a whole new couch without breaking the bank or having to go down a complicated DIY route.

    Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.

    22. A grout paint pen you can use just like a regular marker to easily cover up the years and years of dirt and grime that are keeping your bathroom from ever looking truly clean.

    23. And a hard water remover to remove the cloudy film from your once-clear glass surfaces.

    Promising review: "When we moved into our new place the shower doors looked like they had never been cleaned before. I tried at least 10 different products and methods to remove the hard-water spots but nothing even made a dent. Bioclean, however, was like a magical eraser! I scrubbed each door for about 10 minutes and it was incredible! I’ve never written a cleaning product review before but this one is worth every penny." —Shane B

    Get it from Amazon for $19.69.

    24. Some classy-looking peel-and-stick tile to dress up your walls and make your home feel fancier than it actually is.

    The tiles installed on a wall

    25. A set of cast-iron switch plates that'll turn what is quite possibly the most boring home accessory into something much more pleasing to look at.

    five shabby chic switch plates

    26. A pan and pot lid organizer appreciated by reviewers who hate digging through mountains of cookware just to find the particular pan they need that's of course at the bottom of the pile.

    reviewer photo showing their pots and pans neatly stacked on the organizer

    27. And a cutlery organizer tray that'll turn your kitchen drawer from 😱 to 😎!! It'll give you wayyyyyyy more drawer space, keep your silverware nicely organized, *and* make emptying the dishwasher a whole lot easier.

    reviewer photo showing the silverware sorter on the right

    28. A set of minimalist hooks you can use to hold jackets, bags, sweaters, and other things that usually end up in a pile on that one chair in your room that used to be a nice place to sit until it became the designated landfill for items that have nowhere else to go.

    29. Some LED string lights ideal for turning a dim and unexciting space into a sparkling dream world. These ones allow you to choose between eight modes so you can set them to twinkle, fade, remain steady, and more depending on your mood!

    30. Some mirrored decals you can arrange 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

    31. A brick-dyeing kit for anyone who wants to zhuzh up their exposed-brick walls with a little more color and variety.

    before: tan brick fireplace stained with soot, after: bricks painted in grey, white, and brown

    32. 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

    33. A shower curtain with pockets so you can stop knocking over mountains of half-empty shampoo bottles every time you step in and out of the tub.

    Reviewer image of the shower curtain with a variety of shampoos, hair brushes, and other bathroom items stored in the pockets

    34. Some removable wall decals — they come in a bunch of stylish colors and will make any wall instantly look way fancier.

    Two different sized and different colored decals on a wall

    35. A four-tier storage shelf you can place right overtop of your toilet to hold *a lot* without taking up too much precious floor space. Now all of those things that are usually strewn around your tiny bathroom have somewhere less obstructive to live.

    36. A set of cute carriage-style magnets to add some charm to your plain ol' garage door.

    37. And some vintage-style colorful doorknobs that'll dress up your other doors!

    A variety of doorknobs in different colors

    38. Some color-changing, dimmable lightbulbs you can control from your phone to add some extra atmosphere...whenever you want!

    39. Or some color-changing, self-adhesive LED light strips that make it easy to change the vibe of the room with your mood. You can switch the color and dim the lights via remote control. Plus, the strips are easy to cut and link together to get the size just right for your space.

    40. A cool replacement handrail so you can give your stairwell a minimalist vibe that'll make your home feel more on trend.

    black rectangle handrail

    41. A rain showerhead here to transform your normal ol' shower into the ultimate spa resort experience.

    42. A bottle of wallpaper-stripping spray so you can strike the previous tenant's decor choices from the record and never speak of them again.

    43. Some furniture leg replacements to help the outliers in your collection fit your aesthetic a little more.

    close up of brass metal legs on a teal dresser

    44. A multipurpose over-the-sink dish rack you can roll right up when your done with it so it doesn't take up a huge chunk of prime countertop real estate. Plus, drying dishes is just one of many things it does well! It's also great for thawing meat, straining veggies, pouring liquids and powders over so any excess falls straight into the sink (no mess!), *and* using as extra counter space so you have somewhere to put cutting boards, ingredients, plates, and more during meal prep. PLUS, it's dishwasher safe! Does your dish rack do all of that? I didn't think so.

    45. Some Leather Honey designed to quickly and gently remove dirt, oil, tough stains, and other grime from leather *and* faux-leather goods, so you can get your furniture, handbags, shoes, jackets, and more back to looking nice and spiffy! Just grab a bottle of this stuff and a scrubbing brush to get started.

    46. And finally, some Dalmatian-dot removable wallpaper to dress up any walls that are just so ~doggone~ plain otherwise. One reviewer even used it as contact paper to cover their bedside table!