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    38 Easy Home Decor Updates That'll Make An Immediate Difference

    Things pretty much anybody could do, from simple swaps to day-long projects.

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    1. Give your garage doors a dose of instant character and detail with a set of carriage-style magnets that take only seconds to attach and arrange so they look just right.

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    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." —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 $11.68.

    2. Freshen up your living room in a single step: stuff those throw pillows you're not in love with anymore into a new set of covers.

    four pillows in white with grey and brown ikat, floral, leaf, and trellis prints on them, respectively
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I enjoy switching out the living room throw pillows with the seasons/holidays. These pillow covers were even better than I had hoped, vibrant colors and soft durable fabric. I love that they complement each other while being four different patterns. Even though they are light in color, they were thick enough to cover the ugly red and orange pumpkin pillows underneath. I would definitely recommend them." —J. Nordstrom

    Get this set of four 18"x18" covers (which you can def use on 20"x20" pillows, too) from Amazon for $15.99 (19 colors available).

    Of course, depending on your decor preferences, Amazon has dozens of under-$25 throw pillow sets available (velvet, fuzzy plush, geometric patterns...) — I bet you can find something you'd love!

    3. Spend two hours one afternoon making over your kitchen with a peel-and-stick tile backsplash that'll be easy to wipe clean when your baking gets a little messy.

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    They're basically a sheet of raised plastic tiles that look so similar to glass you'd pretty much have to touch them to know. You can also totally use them in the bathroom, too! One reviewer decorated an accent strip in the shower and framed their mirror.

    Promising review: These tiles transformed my kitchen. I used four packages during application, and will be purchasing one more to finish. They are a little hard to apply, but I also did use an adhesive spray along with these to make sure they stuck completely. To be honest, they are REALLY sticky so you don’t even have to use the spray, I ended up ripping one of my tiles in half accidentally trying to reposition it. TIPS: go slow, make a grid on your wall and cut everything ahead of time, it makes things go so much faster. Also, use a ruler and an Exacto knife to make sure you are getting precise/straight cuts. Overall, neat product!" —clabean

    Get a pack of six 10"x10" sheets for $24.98+ (available in six colors) and two X-Acto knives for $16.95 from Amazon.

    4. If you don't love the ones you have right now, swap out your cabinet and drawer pull handles. Find ones that are the same length (and use the same holes) as the ones you have already so you can simply change 'em out, no drilling required.

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    If you're a renter you can definitely change them back before you move.

    Promising review: "We ordered these pulls to replace some other three-inch center hardware we had in our kitchen (it's a hard size to find!). I was impressed by the quality for the price and was surprised to find they included screws in three different lengths. Install was quick and easy." —alicia

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in seven colors and three sizes).

    5. Update your circa-1990s appliances for less than the cost of dinner for two: simply cover them in stainless-steel-effect contact paper.

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    Several reviewers said it really helps to use a wallpaper smoothing tool — you can get one for $4.99!

    Promising review: "It bothered me that my dishwasher was black and didn't match my stainless steel stove and fridge, so I decided to give this a try. I'm glad I did! It legit looks like my dishwasher is stainless steel now. It's not big enough to cover the whole thing at once so there is a seem, but I put the seem on the lower half of the dishwasher and it's not very noticeable at all. If I didn't know to look for it, I probably wouldn't see it. Just make sure you wash whatever you're applying it to so that it sticks well, and go slowly when applying so you don't get bubbles." —Sharon

    Get an 15"x78" roll from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    6. Box up a router and other e-clutter behind a row of cut-up books for a visual disguise that won't block the all-important wifi signal.

    before: a home office with a pile of routers, Amazon Alexas, and other cords next to the computer; after: the same space, except all you see is a row of colorful book spines
    Covogoods / Etsy

    Basically, the spines of the books books are attached but have with all the pages and covers cut out of 'em, except the two covers on the very ends. You can choose the color scheme you want and how many inches long you need it to be, and CovoGoods, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based small business, will make it for you!

    Promising review: "Wonderful!! We spent the past month remodeling our living room, but we didn't account for how AWFUL the cable boxes and modem were going to look on our beautiful new shelves. Saw this, and had to have it! Covogoods not only communicated quickly with me, but were EXTREMELY accommodating in my requests. Turned out exactly how I envisioned it, and dimensions were spot on! No more ugly cable boxes and wires!" —Lindsey Martinez

    Get one from Covogoods on Etsy for $21+.

    7. Hang those pendant lights you've always dreamed of, no electrician required: just pick up a couple conversion kits for your builder-grade can lights.

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    Promising review: "This was a pretty easy installation considering the work is on the ceiling. I've been wanting to change out the two can lights over my sink for years, so I started investigating the easiest possible way to do so. Ran across this item, and watched the video on YouTube. What the heck, I thought! Rewatched the video before installation, looked at the directions on both the converter kit and the pendant light, gathered the necessary tools described in all instructions, and set upon my mission. The hardest part (for me) was getting the self tapping screws started. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, I must say! By the way, I'm a 55-year-old who has worked at a bank all of my life. Yes! It was that easy." —Trisch Reeve

    Get the kits from Amazon for $17.57 each.

    8. Or opt for a pendant lamp, which couldn't be simpler — all you have to do is hang it up and plug it into any regular outlet for that rustic bedside glow.

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    Promising review: "What a value! I’ve seen pendant lights for triple the price in big box stores. It is stylish, well made and affordable — the perfect replacement for the 30 year old wicker lamp hanging at our lake house. For those of you complaining about no assembly instructions, it’s easy! It’s already assembled you just have to adjust the rings to exactly where you want them and tighten the bolts with your fingers." —Amazon Customer

    Get this industrial globe lamp from Amazon for $28.49. And don't forget to pick up some warm-white tone Edison bulbs; this pack of six is $21.99+ (available in dimmable and non-dimmable).

    Of course, Amazon carries dozens of different styles of plug-in pendants, too, from metal cages to domed shades to clear glass.

    9. Transform all your favorite novels and cookbooks into works of art you can enjoy every single day with a set of three floating bookshelves.

    three stacks of books seeming to float on the wall above a couch
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are so much fun! We ordered the small size, which fits standard hardback books (approximately five to seven hardbacks in my experience). They're a great way to add some extra storage to our very small home, and we've placed them in our hallway so people ask us about them all the time. I'd highly recommend!" —LaBuenaVidaMere

    Get them on Amazon for $25+ (available in small and large sizes).

    10. Erase old water stains from your antique furniture so it looks nearly brand-new again with the help of a miracle wood finish restorer.

    before: a chest of drawers with a faded finish on the front; after: the same drawers now with a seamless uniform finish
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    While restoring a finish isn't quite the same as completely refinishing a piece, it take much less time and can still make furniture (and floors, front doors, and kitchen cabinets) look magically new again.

    Promising review: "Very easy to get results. I applied to eight dining room chairs which had scrapes, scuffs and white paint marks. An amazing transformation so quickly. I finished eight chairs in 90 minutes without rushing. I bought two pints but only one was necessary. I used a cotton cloth for most of the application but also used 0000 steel wool for the scrapes and paint removal." —Grumpy Neanderthal

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79 (nine wood finish colors available); many reviewers follow up with the same brand's wood polish and conditioner (they're meant to be used together!), which you can get for $14.78 from Amazon.

    11. Dress up a blank wall in your kitchen (and tbh any room) with a wood-framed tea towel you can switch out with the seasons — or just your mood.

    tea towel with thin wood slats on top and bottom edges; top slat has twine that lets the towel hang
    Katy Cartland / Apartment Therapy

    From the geniuses at Apartment Therapy.

    Get a similar wood wall hanger from Hanger Frames on Etsy — a Salt Lake City, Utah based small business — for $20 for an 11-inch frame (available in 14 sizes starting at six inches, and six different finishes).

    Promising review (for Hanger Frames): "Could not be any happier with this product. I’ve searched for a conventional frame for this art piece with no luck. I’m so glad I chose this instead of an old school frame. Came quickly, great quality, and they even added twine and a nail (which I didn’t expect). Love, love, love!!" —Emily

    12. Exchange your yellowing, cracked, or otherwise blah switch- and outlet-plates for new architectural covers to give every room a dramatically better look with almost zero effort required.

    white single switchplate with beveled edge detail
    Amazon

    This is a change that takes only a few minutes: unscrew the old, and screw on the new! (Unless you decide paint them to match your trim or your wall color, but even then it's a quick project: paint in the evening, let 'em dry overnight, then install.)

    Promising review: "I purchased these light switch covers as a quick and easy way to update the appearance of my house. I’m glad I did! They are beautiful and look a lot nicer than the plain covers sold in large box stores or the covers used in new construction. They could work for many different design styles as well. They have a matte/semi-matte appearance and thus scuff easier than other outlet covers; however Mr. Clean Magic Erasers remove the marks if they are bothersome." —Angela Marie

    Get these from Amazon for $5.49+ (available in five shapes and four sizes; also available for other switch panels and for plugs; see their full selection on Amazon).

    13. Banish all the stubborn carpet and upholstery stains you've left for too long with a spray cleaner basically guaranteed to make your jaw drop the moment you see the "after."

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "So my dog got into my makeup bag and got ahold of some liquid lipstick and needless to say I flipped out to see my carpets neon orange. Holy moly! WOW did this stuff work! My mother recommended it to me after using it on minor stains at her house and so glad I got it. Definitely worth the money and it really does disappear right before your eyes like the bottle says!" —jen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.38.

    14. Hide eyesores like breaker boxes by screwing small hinges to one side of a canvas or large poster frame, so you don't have to look at it all the time, but can still actually access it whenever you need.

    before: wall with an eyesore; after: the same wall with the hinged canvas hanging on it. below, the canvas opens up on its hinges to reveal the eyesore
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    Get the how-to from Bliss Bloom Blog, who uses a canvas, or Charleston Crafted, who uses a poster frame.

    Get the supplies from Amazon: a pack of six similar narrow hinges for $6.97, and a pack of two large, light-weight frames for $27.45 (which works out to about $14 per frame).

    15. Or disguise a hideous buzzer or interior fuse box with a trendy macramé hanging you can move when you need easy access.

    Two somewhat different macrame pieces hang as part of gallery wall; one has three tassels hanging down instead of just more thread
    Amazon

    Get this set of two from Amazon for $22.99.

    16. Replace the blah-looking house number next to your front door with a modern option for a quick curb-appeal boost.

    Front door with the numbers 935 in a large san serif font above it
    GoHomeNumbers / Etsy

    Go Home Numbers is a Florida-based small business that offers multiple font options and heights for home numbers, so if you want something in cursive, spelled out, or in green or bright orange, they can make it for you!

    Promising review: "I am so happy with my purchase from this shop. The numbers seem pretty durable. Love that the hardware was included, because it was probably the simplest home improvement project we’ve ever done." —Katie Oshima

    Get any one of the pictured six-inch "modern" numbers from Go Home Numbers on Etsy for $7.50+ each.

    17. Breathe new life into a scratched laminate-wood table (or your backsplash, a tray, or even a full bookshelf) in two steps: covering some of it with marble contact paper, and painting the rest to coordinate.

    before: brown side table, after: the table now white, with marble-look contact paper on the shelf and top
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    Promising review: "I used this marble contact paper as part of a makeover on two Ikea dressers. I was hopeful yet skeptical, so I was thrilled at the quality and the results! It looks amazingly real! Everyone who sees it has thought that it was real - I only know this because I proudly announce, "DUDEEEEEEE THIS IS CONTACT PAPER!" to anyone that sees them, whether they care to know or not. For the price, it's a seriously awesome product for small projects." —Blair T.

    Get a 17"x78" roll from Amazon for $29.80.

    18. Transfigure your just-blah chest of drawers into something that looks custom and hand-painted with a set of furniture decals. You just rub them onto your piece with a wooden stick, so it's the perfect project for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    Black sideboard covered in red, yellow, and orange illustrated poppy flower decals
    MaikaDaughters / Etsy

    They work on walls, furniture, wood, doors and many more surfaces! Maika Daughters is an Austin, Texas based small business focused on selling all kinds of materials for upcycling projects. If you like the idea of furniture decals but these aren't quite up your alley, they have 96 different designs available, although many of them are floral or vintage-y.

    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 MaikaDaughters on Etsy for $26.99.

    19. Or take the next ~step~ and use some peel-and-stick staircase decals for a custom look you can finish just in time to watch the reveal on your favorite HGTV show.

    white stairs with dark wood treads; ever other stair riser features a faux-distressed black geometric pattern on white
    Bleucoin / Etsy

    Oh, and if you're a renter, they just so happen to be removable, too.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these stair riser decals. They were super easy to use, they’re a nice thick vinyl so they’re not flimsy. It was shipped and delivered very quickly and the quality is great. I was able to put them on myself in less than an hour. I’d definitely recommend!" —Jennifer Dwyer

    Get a pack of five from Bleucoin on Etsy for $62.49+ (available in over 95 designs/colors here, seven heights, and in either a glossy or matte finish).

    20. Magically conjure new storage and display space wherever you need it most with a basket shelf or two.

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    I use a very similar system under my bathroom cabinet: the area is vertical enough that my bottles and things don't reach to the top, but that leads to wasted storage space above them (because I can't safely stack on them, and even then, I wouldn't be able to actually see them). So I use the Command heavy duty caddy for stashing small things, like extra toothbrushes and floss, in the upper right! Works like a charm, and has held up for the five years since I moved in.

    Promising review: "For the price and the look I think it's a good buy. It's easy to install — has simple set up to screw into the wall and know that its secure. Looks great, blends with almost everything. This could be used literally anywhere, bathroom, kitchen, laundry, bedroom above your night stand, as organization throughout the house, endless possibilities. These look great and can hold enough without having to tear up your wall w a shelf or extra mounting hardware. As it stands, it's a good price and made of great quality." —Lauren A

    Get a wire version from Amazon for $14.44.

    21. Apply some rainbow or frosted film to the windows where you need just a little bit more privacy, but don't want to block out the light.

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    Promising review (for the rainbow film): "My kitchen window is on the sidewalk near the community mailboxes. Lots of people walking by. I loathe mini blinds which collect dust and grease. Especially since the stove is next to the window. Curtains are better, but still collect cooking smells and grease particles. I installed this in about ten minutes. It lets in light, but hides me from nosy people." —Gayle Smith

    Get them both from Amazon: the rainbow film's $8.98 for about 10 square feet, and the frosted film's $9.99 for about 10 square feet.

    22. And hang floor-to-ceiling blackout velvet curtains anywhere you a) just want a dramatic finish or b) do want to block out as much daylight as possible, whether your kiddo needs to nap or you just want to sleep in on Saturdays.

    Reviewer's nursery corner windows hung with three floor-to-ceiling blue velvet curtains
    amazon.com

    Plus if you hang them ~high and wide~ — like they did in the photo here — you can instantly make any windows look bigger.

    Promising review: "I am beyond thrilled with these curtains, they are very soft and solid material (think heavyweight upholstery). LOVE THEM!!! They do keep the light out and help keep the room noticeably cooler — the windows get full sun all day, this room gets hot in summer and the curtains make it so much nicer. I'd give these curtains a 10 if I could." —Angelia Olson

    Get them on Amazon for $35.99+ per 84" panel (available in four lengths and up to six colors).

    23. Create a beautiful gallery wall with very little effort thanks to a ready-to-hang frame set — it even comes with three different full-size templates to help you put the nails in all the right places.

    reviewer's wall before, with paper template hung for nail placement, and after, with the framed photos hung where the templates were
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    You just have to add the photos! (Oh, and multiple reviewers say they're definitely light enough to hang with Command Picture Hanging Strips, if that's more your style.)

    Promising review: "I love this set! It was delivered quickly, all of the frames and glass came in perfect condition. My favorite part of the entire thing was the guide it came with. After putting the pictures in the frames, I hung the guide, made sure it was level and drilled the holes right into the paper. Everything came out level, the frames and pictures look great. Definitely happy with this purchase." —Cristina C Sanchez

    Get it from Amazon for $50.99+ (about $5.70 per frame; available with three frame colors).

    24. Or enlist an easy-hang ledge shelf (thanks, Command Strips!) for instant custom shelving wherever you might need it, whether you're building a gallery wall, displaying kids books, or need a better spot for your spices or skincare products.

    Reviewer's nursery with a recliner and three black ledge shelves on the wall behind, displaying books
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Very easy to install and looks like a legit installed real wall shelf. I have used them for a picture gallery and most recently a reading corner for a nursery." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon: in black for $17.89 or white for $16.39.

    25. Recover that hand-me-down sofa your roommate left with some soft velvet slip covers to make it look brand new (and a little luxe!) without breaking the bank.

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

    It comes with a base cover and three cushion covers, all of them stretchy. The base cover features an elastic strap that stretches underneath the sofa to help keep all of the fabric taut and fitted!

    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and love seat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $45.49+ (available in nine colors; if you want to cover a chair, loveseat, ottoman, or other piece of furniture, check out the brand's full line of slipcovers).

    26. Dress up your WFH space with a velvet swivel desk chair because both your back and you will be happier when you have something more supportive than that hard kitchen chair.

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    Promising review: "I got this chair in green and it looks much better in person than it does online! The velvet is super soft and the chair itself seems pretty comfortable. It's a desk chair so I didn't want the cushion to be too soft. I love that it has such a great range of height because I usually want to sit in different ways depending on what I'm doing at my desk. It was incredibly easy to assemble, and it arrived much more quickly than Amazon originally estimated!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.80+ (available in four colors).

    27. Decant your soaps and conditioners into pretty glass dispensers so your shower looks less like the drugstore aisle full of brand names and more like a calm, personalized spa.

    A customer review photo of four soap dispensers in their shower.
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I purchased these to use as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers. I wanted our shower to look like a spa! They are great quality and many people I know have copied our idea, so they are a hit! Very high quality, the plunger part is always the most important part. These are metal and not plastic, something which seems to be hard to find when looking for dispensers." —Rebecca Morea

    Get set of two from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. Makeover up your old-school bathtub with a tub-and-tile kit to hold you over until you have the time/cash/inspiration to shell out the big bucks to replace it.

    Before: and old light brown tub; After; the same tub, now white and shiny
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Great alternative to replacing a tub! We have a rental property and decided to try this before replacing the whole tub. I am very pleased with the results!!! Definitely worth it for the price. A lot of prep work but again — worth it for the money we saved. A few bubbles did appear on the bottom but nothing that a non slip mat won’t hide. I would highly recommend this is a quick fix/temp replacement. Looks like a different tub!" —Katy

    Get it from Amazon for $89.97.

    29. Hang a roll of faux ivy to solve several problems at once: conceal an ugly railing or wire fence, create a little extra privacy, and block a view you wish you didn't have to see.

    A reviewer's balcony with the ivy hung; it comes on a (rolled-up) plastic grid with the leaves all over it. You can just barely make out a car on the other side, the leaf coverage is so good
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "These worked wonderfully to give some privacy to my back yard without blocking out everything. I have had them up for about a year now, and they hold up well to weather conditions (snow, rain, freeze, heat). Color has lasted so far. No issues with hanging them. I used green zip ties purchased separately. Easy to cut and adjust the size. Recommended." —Kimi Cee

    Get a 94"x39" roll from Amazon for $44.99 (available in three lengths).

    30. Slap on a coat of simple primer to brighten up a dingy brick or cinderblock garage over the course of a regular old Sunday afternoon.

    A cidnerbock garage painted white and looking fresh thanks to an abstract, symmetrical sun-like sculpture hanging on the wall
    hawthorneandmain.com

    Read the full how-to on Hawthorne and Main.

    Get a quart of white primer from Amazon for $12.77.

    31. Swap out your standard air vent wall registers with a decorative cover worthy of Gatsby himself.

    Reviewer's air vent on the wall covered by one of these; it's metal, and a grate, but is more ~feminine~-looking than the builders-grade options
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought these to replace the ugly, plain registers that were on my ceiling. Installed in less than 10 minutes and they look beautiful. I ordered white and spray painted them nickel to match my ceiling fan. Couldn't be happier." —AsMeow

    Get one from Amazon for $12.32+ (available in three sizes).

    32. Toss the branded hand soap pump you've been refilling who even knows how long for foaming dispensers — these use less soap per pump than regular bottles, so you'll save $$ on soap refills, too.

    Model using the clear soap dispenser with light blue soap to dispense some foam onto their hand
    Amazon

    Oh, and you can totally use the rest of your regular liquid soap refill with these! Just combine one part liquid soap with five parts water.

    Promising review: "These arrived today and they are actually nicer/bigger than expected (even with measurements, sometimes it's hard to picture the size of something). The glass is heavy/sturdy; the "chrome" part is not actually metal, but it's really, really hard to tell that. It looks/feels like chrome. (I think one of the reviews said it was metal and I don't blame them, it's that hard to tell). I've had metal ones corrode, so plastic is better, to me. I'm very happy with them, would recommend them, and would buy again." —RDP9201

    Get a pack of two dispensers from Amazon for $19.99 (available in eight color/finish combos).

    33. Nestle your litter box in a cabinet designed with a little entrance so your kittehs can do their business in private, and you don't have to look at it, either.

    A short white cabinet with two doors that fits under a sink; a cat is coming out of a doorway on the side
    Amazon

    This particular model allows you to put a vertical divider on the inside, depending on how big your litterbox is, so you could use the other half for storage, too.

    Promising review: "Perfect to hide a large litter box. I did not use the divider and instead moved the box to the back to prevent the litter from getting out... and the dog from getting in. It was super easy to put together. I did it alone and it took about 40 minutes. I did not have any problems with the cats adjusting to the enclosure. I added a cushion and some pillows for the cats to lounge on. Love it!" —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99+ (available in three finishes).

    34. Refresh metal fixtures with metal-look spray paint to make them look completely new in just an hour or two.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The doorknob photos don't have a "before", but I'd bet you $10 they were shiny brass. And the faucet has only a blurry "before", but it was a gleaming late-'90s chrome.

    Promising review: "Best looking metal spray paint I have seen. It took me 90 minutes to prepare, mask, and paint my bathroom faucet. I used about 1/2 a can of this paint." —OC-Adam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.94+ (20 metallic finish colors available).

    35. Overhaul that outdated Formica in your kitchen with a granite-look countertop paint kit for an inexpensive upgrade that'll last for years. It'll be a little more complicated than some updates you could do, but still can be done in just a weekend!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's a three-step paint process that goes right over your old countertops. It has automotive-grade durability and is made of safe water-based materials. One kit covers the typical kitchen's 35 square feet, or 16 running feet of standard two-foot-wide countertop.

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier. This stuff is easy to work with. The finished product is unbelievably beautiful. My neighbor thought we had new counters installed. If you take your time and follow the directions without trying to create shortcuts, you will be pleased with the results. My best advice is take your time and use a good brand of painters tape and tape everything. There is a black piece of cardboard to practice on. I would also advise doing this to get comfortable with the process. Watch the DVD." —SC

    Get it from Amazon for $79+ (available in three finishes, or in a "white diamond" finish for $79.95).

    36. And do the same to your cabinets (a full weekend or two later, it's ok to give yourself a break!) with the help of a cabinet paint set — forget multiple trips to the hardware store, because this kit involves no stripping, priming, top coat or sealer, and there's no need to remove your cabinet doors. Just spread out a drop cloth and get to painting.

    amazon.com

    The kit comes with two cans cabinet paint, a roller arm, two roller covers, and an angled paint brush. You can get a highly-rated 4x5-foot drop cloth on Amazon for $7.18.

    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 — 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." —Brandon Moronta

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

    37. Stick some remote-controlled adhesive puck lights under your cabinets for the extra light you've always dreamed of, but didn't realize you could install on the cheap and in under an hour.

    Ariana from Jacksonville, FL / Wayfair

    Those photos took me a second to understand, too: both show the under cabinet lights, but in the one on the left the reviewer's main kitchen lights are off.

    Promising review: "They’re perfect for my small kitchen. They come with double-sided 3M adhesive and screws as options for installing. The remote control is easy to use and can turn on single lights depending on how you point it. You can also turn the lights on manually by clicking the top. These pictures are with two lights at 100 brightness." —Ariana from Jacksonville, FL

    Get a set of three from Wayfair for $19.99.

    38. Block a utility box, trash cans, or anything else you want to make disappear but still need to access regularly with a simple privacy screen.

    white slatted screen around an AC unit
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We needed an enclosure to hide our recycling bins when one of our neighbors reported us for having our three trash/recycling/compost bins outside and visible from the street, which violates a San Francisco ordinance. The side panels are easy to swing in and out to put the bins in and take them out. Whatever you use this screen for, it is very pretty, and I have gotten a lot of compliments. At 60 pounds I had a friend help me set it up, but the side panels, which are the only ones I move, are very lightweight." —Paula R.

    Get it from Amazon for $68.27

    Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

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