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    24 Things Under $20 To Upgrade Your Space From Drab To Fab

    You don't have to break the bank to turn your home into your happy place.

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    1. Some tile stickers to make your walls and floors look way fancier than they actually are.


    They're super easy to apply and remove. Plus, they're waterproof, so you don't have to worry about ruining them while cleaning.

    Promising review: "These were so easy to apply and have completely transformed my fireplace. Very happy with the results and glad I can revert back to the original tiles just by peeling these off should I want to. Also very fast delivery from the seller." —Emma Tyrie

    Get it from HomeArtStickers on Etsy for $9.40+ (available in 31 dimensions).

    2. 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.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! After over 10 years of the grout not being cleaned, and a botched repair job, the bathroom floor in this house looked horrendous. Two pens covered the entire bathroom floor, with plenty left over in the second pen, even with applying two to three layers (which you will definitely need as the paint is a bit thin and also absorbs into the grout). Super easy to apply, works exactly like a regular paint marker. Be sure to press the pen tip on a separate (thick) cloth to activate it before actually using on the grout so you don't end up with a huge mess on the tile when the paint floods out at first. If you see the first side of the tip is getting frayed, just pull it out and turn it around to the other side." —regalle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    3. A lovely Earl Grey-scented candle to make your space smell like warm, cozy tea instead of your roommate's dirty dishes.

    lavender candle
    Paige's Candle Co.

    Paige's Candle Co. is a Black woman-owned business, and the candles are vegan and shipped with biodegradable materials.

    Get the earl grey candle from Paige's Candle Co. for $15+ (available in three sizes).

    4. Some monogram nails that'll dress up your walls with a cute personalized touch.

    metal letters on the wall that spell kate

    Promising review: "These letter nails are perfect! A fun enhancement for your wall, easy to 'nail in', well made, and made just the statement I wanted. Highly recommend." —cheeky1

    Get it from Anthropologie for $8.

    5. Some wood polish and conditioner with beeswax and orange oil that'll repair your scratched and dinged up furniture and floors like a magic lil' eraser.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn-out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand-new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.58.

    6. A set of stackable corner shelves to keep your various tubes and bottles from cluttering up the edge of the sink.

    The shelves holding a variety of bottles and containers

    Promising review: "These are pretty nice shelves for sure. I like that they stack and are clear. I think they make the bathroom counter look clean and somewhat more organized. They are easy to sanitize so that is a plus. I would definitely recommend if you want something cheap but nice to help the clutter." —RJ2727

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.99 (available in five colors). Or, check out a stainless steel option.

    7. Some Command hooks to make 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.,,

    "I recently set up a little Command hook mask corner by my apartment door, and it has been SO HELPFUL — instead of rooting through my masks to find the one that matches best (I'm a vain critter at heart) I can see all the clean ones I have available right in front of me, and don't forget to put it on when I'm in a rush. I also use it to hang my sports masks after I sanitize them and am waiting for them to dry! As for how the Command hooks work — these have an adhesive on the back for easy application to the wall, which you can pull down on once you're ready to uninstall it without doing any damage to the wallpaper or paint." —Emma Lord, BuzzFeed Staff

    Promising review: "I just moved into a brand-new apartment and didn't want to put holes in the walls. I have purchased quite a variety of the 3M Command mini hooks, wire hooks, cord bundlers, picture hangers, photo bars, display shelves, extra adhesive tabs in different sizes, etc. It will be a long time before I go back to using nails. These Command products are the greatest! I recently found one of the unused adhesive tabs in the pocket of something that had gone through the washer and dryer and it STILL worked! ! ! Thanks for a terrific, easy to use product." —LJE

    Get it from Amazon for $3.48+ (available in three colors and various sizes).

    8. A sleek (but ventilated!) cable box cleverly designed to hide those ugly piles of tangled cords cluttering up your floor space.

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater

    Plus, now your kids and/or pets won't decide those cords are their new favorite dangerous toys.

    Promising review: "The quality of this is great and I love that it makes my desk look so much more organized. It has many openings and can fit a larger extension cord inside of it." —nancy simmons

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99. Check out an option that'll blend in with wood floors.

    9. An adorable mini dumpling light that makes a v cute night-light and even fits in the palm of your hand, so you can bring it with you on those spooky middle-of-the-night trips to the bathroom.

    Mini dumpling-shaped light on kitchen counter
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16 (available in two colors).

    10. A mini essential oil diffuser to make your space feel more soothing. It can switch between seven colors and even has a convenient auto shut-off feature.

    Reviewer image of the diffuser on a desk

    Also, consider trying out this aromatherapy essential oils set ($9.99 on Amazon) that has six oils: lemongrass (for calmness and clarity), peppermint (for concentration and clear thinking), orange (for optimism and peace), lavender (for alertness), eucalyptus (for optimism and concentration), and tea tree (for mental strength and calmness).

    Promising review: "This is the perfect little humidifier. I love the lights and the mist settings. It's simple to fill up and rinse out if need be. I have it at my desk to alleviate the dryness from our way-too-stuffy, way-too-hot-and-dry office. My face used to get so dry, my skin would start itching and burning by the end of the day! The lighting helps create a really nice and soothing workspace (those harsh office lights are a killer on your eyes!) It almost looks like a spa! I’m recommending it to everyone on my team so they get one too!" —MsAnonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

    11. A mini wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man if your space is lacking those little quirks that make you smile. You might even find yourself breaking into a little midday dance party when you see how much fun this guy's having.

    small waving inflatable character
    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12.95.

    12. A poster of Elaine dancing that can make even the most boring room fun. Just choose your preferred size, background color, ~yada yada yada,~ and it'll be on your wall before you know it!


    Promising review: "I'm doing little kicks over this print! The artist absolutely nailed the nuances of Elaine's dance moves and attitude. It arrived timely and packaged with care." —Ceceliaginger

    Get it from TheFilmArtist on Etsy for $12+ (available in eight sizes and 20 color options).

    13. A surface cover to fool everyone into thinking your counters and tables are made from gorgeous, expensive marble.


    Check out our write-up of this inexpensive and super cool marble adhesive surface cover!

    Promising review: "I wanted to spruce up my rented apartment's kitchen counter, and this contact paper did not disappoint. The contact paper is super sticky, but no matter how many times you messed up (and I've messed up A LOT!), the contact paper will still be sticky. There is a technique to sticking it so you don't get bubbles (we used credit cards to force out the bubbles), so you will have to play around with it. Highly recommend it!" —G. Chen

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    14. Some incredibly soft throw pillow cases you'll never wanna stop snuggling with.

    Two pillows on a couch

    Pillows not included, FYI.

    Promising review: "These covers are super soft and durable. I like that the zipper goes all the way to the end, so it is easier to add the pillow into the cover. The fibers don't shed. I tested it by rubbing the pillow across my black cotton pant leg. No lint left behind. The color is an icy gray with dark gray undertones, really pretty. Great value for the money, I would definitely buy again." —Dorothy Hall

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49 (set of two) and try pairing with this matching set of two pillow inserts from Amazon for $17.58.

    15. A motion-activated toilet light to add a little je ne sais quoi to your bathroom. Plus, now you won't have to stumble around in the dark half asleep, when all you want is to pee without completely waking yourself up or sustaining any injuries.,

    Promising review: "I've had this device for a little while now and I absolutely love it! Light detector and motion detector work together to only turn the toilet light on when it senses darkness and movement. I love that there are 16 different colors you can choose from; and with each 16 colors you can raise or lower the brightness which kind of makes color choices even bigger if you consider the different color brightness a new color. You can either leave your toilet light cycling through all 16 colors while on, or you have the option of choosing one of the colors and keeping it on that color. I ended up getting two of these toilet lights for both of my bathrooms and my guests, as well as I, love it." —Sergio Rios

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    16. Some adorable cat paw chair socks to keep your furniture from scratching up your floors so your landlord can't find an excuse to not return your security deposit.


    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE these!!! Not only are they cute and adorable, but also very functional. I bought these because of my frustration with other products I've tried that left marks on my hardwood floors. My chair legs are thick and I was worried they might not fit, but they stretched nicely and did not slip or slide off. I have tried several other options from rubber tips to felt pads and all of them fall or slide off after a while. We use our chairs every day, multiple times a day and they have not worn out. They very obviously prevent scratches. They look like the chairs have gotten socks to keep their legs warm with these cat paws. Excellent design and manufacture with a nice dose of whimsy. I will definitely buy more of these just to have as back up." —Zhangsu

    Get 24 from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four colors).

    But if you hate cats, check out these plain furniture protectors.

    17. Some classy light switch covers to replace your dingy old white ones. Now you can pretend you live in a mansion every time you flip the lights on and off.

    A brass light switch

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. Some LED string lights perfect 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!,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these lights. I bought them for my dorm in college because bad lighting puts me in a weird mood. These lights are beautiful and made the room feel warm, cozy, and homey. They also helped with 'winter blues' that I always get because I live in Michigan and the winter weather is always cold and gloomy, so having nice lighting helped a lot. I received tons of compliments on them every time someone came into my room. I love these lights so much that I bought another set to hang in my room at home. Just buy these beautiful lights!" —Madelynn K.

    Get them from Amazon for $15.28.

    19. A charming elephant desk organizer to keep your work space feeling feeling cute and fun instead of cluttered and overwhelming.

    The organizer holding a phone, pens, pencils, markers, scissors, a ruler, and more

    Promising review: "I love, love, love this. I’m ordering additional ones for my coworkers who were admiring my organizer. It was very easy to assemble (five minutes) and comes with the tools and screws needed. It was actually bigger than expected, but holds everything I need well. It looks great on my desk and holds my phone! I would definitely purchase again." —Tymisha R.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in six patterns).

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

    The medallion installed over a recessed light

    Promising review: "Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love how these transformed my outdated lights! I wish installation instructions were included but I was able to drill some holes and attach them with screws." —Barbara Spear

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    21. Some faux ivy to add a little touch of green to any room — without the maintenance of real plants. It's easy to hang on walls, doors, mirrors, and anything else you think could use a little zhushing up.

    The fake ivy hung over shelves

    Each fake ivy in this 12-pack is 7 feet long. Plus, it's durable and waterproof!

    Promising review: "Easy to hang up and plenty of them inside! Just what I was looking for! Nice leaves and long string. Would definitely recommend these, for sure." —dwight grafton

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    22. Or a very cute bunny ear cactus if you want a real plant to add some life to your space instead.

    Model holding the cactus
    Planting With P

    Planting With P is Black woman-owned and Brooklyn-based! They also offer a subscription box if you wanna continue filling your place with gorgeous green things.

    Get it from Planting With P for $8 (originally $15).

    23. Some expensive-looking knobs to upgrade your drawers and cabinets.


    Promising review: "Really love these. They were inexpensive, but look top notch. We used them in both our bathrooms. Can be used either direction for a sharp look." —Kelsey F

    Get a set of 15 from Amazon for $16.99 (also available in four other finishes).

    24. And finally, some "leaded-glass" film that'll make your windows and glass doors look way pricier than they actually are, while giving you an extra layer of privacy.


    Window film size is 17.7" x 78.7" and it can be trimmed or combined to fit any size window glass.

    Promising review: "Was initially skeptical but it's a great price and looks nice. Could it be this easy and quality? I was amazed how easy it was — if you follow directions and don't forget to peel off the back before installation. I used it as a privacy section on my all-glass shower. It took me literally 30 minutes to apply. My girlfriend said it looked like it was professionally installed. Great find!" —Martin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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