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

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    1. Give dull wood surfaces some vibrancy back by going over them with a miracle polish. It'll add a layer of protection while restoring its luster.

    I cannot speak highly enough about this product! It added beautiful, rich color back into my coffee table and now I want to use it on everything.

    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." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48+.

    2. Swap those boring ol' light switch and outlet plates for new vintage-style covers. This is the kind of minimal effort I am looking for.


    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." β€”Tom Generic Dude

    Get it from on Amazon for $4.99 each (available in four colors) and the outlet covers for $4.79 each (four colors).

    3. Throw some artificial monstera stems in a vase to add an instant fresh and stylish vibe. Bonus: there's zero watering on your part.


    Promising review: "Much better quality than I expected. These are super cute. The leaf size is perfect too, where other leaves I found were too big for what I needed. Inexpensive way to add a bit of color and fun to your room." β€”Amanda

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two sizes and packs).

    4. Apply peel-and-stick tile on your bathroom walls for a small but mighty transformation that won't set you back an entire paycheck.

    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." β€”Blood Agent

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

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in six styles).

    5. You can even use peel-and-stick tile as a great kitchen backsplash dupe that'll look like you dropped a good chunk of cash and time for the real thing.

    Promising review: "Love how it turned out! We laid out the entire area to line up squares and match grout lines before cutting. Applying to the wall takes caution and patience to get it right but it is beautiful in the end. I have a guillotine paper cutter that was great to make long straight cuts. Scissors also worked fine on smaller cuts. We also took the advice of other users and cut out the 'overlap here' squares. Took about four hours to complete." β€”Virginia S OHara

    Get it from Amazon for $33.87+ (available in eight styles).

    6. Hang cage pendant lights above your bed, nightstands, or really anywhere in your house that could use a little extra light (and charm!).,

    The cage pendant *does* come with the bulb, and the cord measures 15 feet.

    Promising review: "Love them! Perfect for my farmhouse theme in my bedroom. Easy assembly. I purchased pulley mounts to mount these lights. Better choice than brackets you have to thread through because the plug and the light end of the cord would not three through a bracket with drilled holes." β€”Papaya-7277

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    7. Use a very handy, recessed light conversion kit so you can finally hang those gorgeous pendant lights you've been eyeing.

    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." β€”Earth Spirits

    Get it from Amazon for $12.81+.

    8. And since you're now in the market for pendant lights, hang these vintage-style glass lights with some Edison bulbs for a sophisticated look that won't require a pricey renovation.

    The cord measures 10 inches so you have the freedom to adjust the height as desired.

    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!" β€”KMags

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (bulb *not* included), and a four-pack of Edison bulbs for $13.95.

    9. Create a DIY art ledge by hanging narrow shelves on a smaller wall so it draws the eye across the room making it look bigger. Plus, it gives you a place to show off your favorite photos!

    Hunted Interiors

    Get a picture ledge shelf from Amazon for $34.99, and get a more in-depth tutorial on Hunted Interiors.

    10. Switch things up on the exterior by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. I mean, this rich blue door is 😍.

    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." β€”Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $35.06 (available in 24 colors).

    11. And! Hang a set of retro-looking address numbers because the outside of your home deserves some pizzazz, too.

    Home Decor by YaLe / Etsy

    Get it from Home Decor by YaLe on Etsy for $3.99+ per number/letter.

    12. Finally add some plants (yes, real ones) in those gloomy low-light areas. Bloomscape will even **deliver** you gorgeous, potted greens based off of your plant-parenting skills.


    When you browse the Bloomscape website, you can explore different types of plants based off of your needs (and the plant's needs!). Each plant lists the size, difficulty, light requirements, if it's pet friendly, and how it cleans the air. Tl;dr: If you've ever been hesitant to get a plant in fears of killing it, this site can pair you with a sweet plant you'll actually be able to keep alive.

    Get the zz plant (left) from Bloomscape for $150 and the red aglaonema (right) for $65.

    13. Add frosted films to windows and other glass surfaces so you can enjoy some dang privacy without having to rely on bulky curtains. It also looks so great on display cabinets!,

    Promising review: "So easy to use. Quick and beautiful solutions to unique window needs. I love this window in my apartment but was force 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." β€”N.R.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    14. Create a new bed and couch aesthetic by changing the look of your pillows with these pom-pom pillow covers. It's such a simple thing, but it makes all the difference!


    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 two inches so you can achieve that firm, fluffy look.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four sizes and 24 styles/colors).

    15. Or if you want to really go all out, get a new bed spread β€” like say, this very sleek duvet cover with a modern, geometric print.


    Promising review: "I was a bit apprehensive buying this duvet cover online, mostly because I have pretty sensitive skin, and a lot of fabric will irritate it if I'm not careful, and not being able to actually feel the product was a bit of a risk factor for me. However, the fabric is comfortable and breathable (Note: it's not insanely soft, but soft nonetheless), the print is GORGEOUS and looks almost exactly like the picture. Overall, a great product; I highly recommend it." β€”Tarini

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (available in sizes twin-king and 10 prints).

    And, if you don't have a duvet yet, check this $37 one out!

    16. Hang up a multifunctional shelf that's A) actually stylish, B) versatile enough for the kitchen or bathroom, and C) easy wall decor. It even comes with hooks for 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." β€”Wendy

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    17. Plop your sweet plant child in a trendy seagrass basket. There's no need to repot and spill soil everywhere to upgrade your plant's home.


    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." β€”Erika Millen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes and six styles).

    18. Or if you want to go a little of the box, use them to make some freakin' cool pendant lights:

    A Pair & A Spare

    Get the complete instructions from A Pair & A Spare.

    19. Get a roll of marble contact paper and go to town. Really β€” you can use this to transform countertops, furniture, picture frames, and the list goes on (and on...).

    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." β€”Zhen

    Get it from Amazon for $8.53+ (available in multiple sizes).

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

    20. Trade in any heavy-linen curtains for a sheer option because it'll heighten the room while also brightening up the space. Just peep this living room! *Swoons.*

    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 2-3 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." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in nine sizes and 14 colors).

    21. Add carriage-style magnets to your garage door to give it some undeniable charm that required veeery little work on your part.,

    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 like my neighbors have since there are no exposed screws or hardware." β€”SG

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

    Get them from Amazon for $12.05+ (available in five style sets).

    22. Breathe some life back into dated furniture with a couple coats of chalk paint. Chalk paint adheres well to furniture, so it only requires a bit of prep work on your end.

    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." β€”Christina Gomes

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in 16 colors).

    23. And! Use a giant stencil to create an eye-catching art piece so you can quit asking yourself, what the heck do I put on this wall?

    Cutting Edge Stencils / Etsy

    This seller offers a variety of sizes so you can use these stencils on anything! Think: dressers, coffee tables, floors, and anything that could use a little extra razzle dazzle. Make sure to read the description under the product listing β€” it offers in-depth instructions to help you get the best results.

    Get it from Cutting Edge Stencils on Etsy for $18.95+ (available in eight sizes).

    24. Replace any nasty, worn out mini trashcans with this sleek option. It's so affordable, you could get one for a few rooms around the house!


    Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in two colors).

    25. And! Swap your bathroom sink faucet for a modern, waterfall one. It's a small job that'll make a big difference.


    Promising review: "What a gorgeous faucet! Not only does this waterfall faucet have the good looks and style one would expect in an expensive faucet, it is high quality - but at a ridiculously low price! We wanted a unique look in our remodeled bathroom and could not be happier with this faucet. P.S. The cats love it too. ;-)" β€”FlamNgoil

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in four finishes).

    26. Show off those family portraits by *easily* creating a gallery wall. This 10-piece frame set includes a template so you'll have some extra help when it comes to the actual hanging part. Phew.


    Promising review: "Great variety of colors and sizes. Different matting in each allows you to choose. Favorite part is the template that comes with that allows you to put it in the wall and put the nails where they need to go. Looks great in my hall." β€”Tami

    Get it from Wayfair for $74.20 (available in eight colors).

    27. And to make it even easier, use a picture-hanging tool to take all the stress out of hanging a gallery wall (or even just one shelf or frame). It's basically a tape measure with a built-in level, and two slidey points designed for effortlessly marking the precise spots where you need to hammer your nails.


    Ooooohhh, the amount of times I have a hung up a picture just to take a step back and realize it is very crooked; it's too many to count.

    Promising review: "While hanging shelves and frames and other wall decorations shouldn't be rocket science, I make things more complicated than they should be. Leveling is where I normally falter. With the Hang-O-Matic it becomes an exact science! It's so simple to use! I've hung over 10 items on our walls this past weekend and it was a breeze with this tool. Just measure, put the tape to the wall where you want it, ensure your tape is level, and then push the marker pins in to know where you need to put in your anchors/hooks. When you're doing it solo, this tool is absolutely priceless!" β€”Shameel Kumar

    Get it on Amazon for $14.98.

    28. OR! Leave it up to the professionals and have your best photos matted, framed, and sent to you with different templates so you can perfectly hang them.


    All you have to do is select your layout and send in the pictures you want, and they'll frame everything for you.

    Get it from Framebridge starting at $139.

    29. Apply copper tape around pictures frames or in an abstract design to give your gallery wall a simple but sweet update.

    Centsational Style

    Learn more on Centsational Style, and get a four-pack of copper tape for $9.99.

    30. Get the stainless steel appliances you've always wanted (but never wanted to spend an entire paycheck on) courtesy of this liquid stainless steel kit. I mean, hello, these results!!!

    Promising review: "Very pleased with the outcome. I followed the advice of other posts. I did a light sanding with 600-grit paper since the microwave was shinny black plastic. I then hit it with one coat of Rust-oleum primer paint. I let that dry for 24 hours. BE PATIENT! This is NOT a one day project! I then did five coats of the base at it looked better and better with each coat. I did two coats of the top coat. $24 vs. $250 for a new unit was a win for me. Great product! BE PATIENT!!!" β€”GoodyNP

    Get it from Amazon for $24.75 (also available in a fridge kit).

    31. Add a hanging macrame chair in an empty corner for some boho glam you'll never get tired of. Just think of all the great books you'll read in this thing.

    Promising review: "Great item. I was going to buy one from Pier 1 that was much more expensive. The only problem with those are they are very large and after taking the measurements it would not work unless you had really high ceilings. This is perfect for hanging in a room without taking up too much space. You will have to buy hanging hardware and a rope. I bought this rope and hanging kit. It is very sturdy and the chair looks really nice." β€”AmaniSofia

    Read the rest of this review for more in-depth hanging instructions.

    Get it from Amazon for $58.99.

    32. Upgrade all of your cabinet hardware with trendy pulls and knobs. It'll refresh your bathroom, kitchen, or furniture without having to do any major renovations. /

    Promising review: "Very happy with my purchase of these stainless steel pulls. I've been shopping around and these are 1/3 of the cost from the same ones I seen at Lowe's. Easy to install and made a huge difference in my kitchen appearance. Definitely would recommend this product!" β€”Kevin M Saxton

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $22.97++ (available in four sizes and five finishes).

    33. Swap any bulky furniture legs for something more modern and sleek. Your Ikea furniture is about to like it ~walked~ straight out of a West Elm catalog.,

    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!!" β€”Terri Jaggers

    Get a four-pack of the clear acrylic legs (left) from Amazon for $35.99+ (available in four sizes), and the a four-pack of the wooden ones for $25.99+ (available in three sizes).

    34. Or! Upcycle and add height to old furniture by changing out the legs for hairpin legs. I seriously can't stop staring at this before and after:

    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." β€”Timothy Johnson

    Get a set of four from Amazon for $18.99.

    Now, go make Chip and Joanna proud.


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