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    26 Under-$25 Home Upgrades That Are Actually Easy

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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.,

    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 on Amazon for $17.99.

    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

    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) on 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.

    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.,

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

    Get the set of 10 bar-shaped pulls for $15.99 (available in four colors) or the set of 10 bin cup pulls for $16.99 (available in five colors and three styles), both on Amazon.

    5. Update outdated (but still perfectly functional) appliances in one weekend for less than the cost of dinner for two: simply cover them in stainless-steel-effect contact paper.

    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. 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.

    7. Build a simple wood frame and stretch a shower curtain or table cloth you love over it for a statement-size piece of wall art.

    Bloggers at House of Jade Interiors hanging oversized Octopus art

    Read the full tutorial from House of Jade Interiors. If you happen to have an oversized canvas lying around, you can also use one of those — Design Improvised has a tutorial for that.

    And while that exact shower curtain's $165 from Thomas Paul, you can get a similar one on Amazon for $19.99.

    8. 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.

    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 on Amazon for $17.57 each.

    9. 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.


    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.

    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

    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 on Amazon for $8.79 (nine wood finish colors available); many reviewers follow up with the same brand's wood polish and conditioner, which you can get for $8.48 on 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. Instantly double up your shoe storage space with a set of organizers that neatly stack the left shoe on top of the right, without making any pair too difficult to find.

    before: shelf full of pairs of shoes and after: with the white mini-shelf, pairs stack on each other to free up half the horizontal space

    Which means you might even remember to wear that favorite pair you just rediscovered in the back corner of your closet!

    Promising review: "Does exactly what it says. In about two minutes my closet looked MUCH better and had more room." —Roy B.

    Get a pack of ten on Amazon for $25.99.

    13. Ditch your ancient shower head for a luxe dual-spray version with a handheld sprayer — it'll make cleaning everything (your dog, the tub, and yourself) so much easier, and installation couldn't be simpler.


    I know it feels intimidating to swap out a shower head yourself, but I promise once you do it, you'll wonder why you were so nervous! Apartment Therapy explains how it's done, and this Amazon review has a great step-by-step for this particular shower head. (Renters: save your old shower head to re-install before you move.)

    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." —Nathan

    Get it on Amazon for $25.99.

    14. Unify the look of the six different brightly labeled bottles on your shower shelf (which may be disrupting the chill vibes in your bathroom) by decanting them into this set of stainless-steel and glass soap dispensers.

    A customer review photo of four soap dispensers in their shower

    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 $13.99.

    15. Then hang a fresh bundle of eucalyptus under your new shower head to fully complete your bathroom's transformation from blah to ~spa~. Every time you hop in to wash up, it'll fill the air and steam with its luxe earthy, menthol-like aroma.

    green bundle of eucalyptus stems hanging in a shower
    Eucalyptus Blooms / Etsy

    A stainless steel shower hook *is* included! The leaves will stay nice and fresh for about two weeks before drying out some, but you can keep it in your shower for up to a month (as long as it doesn't get moldy) to keep enjoying those spa vibes.

    Eucalyptus Blooms is a North Carolina-based, woman-owned small business that specializes in, you guessed it, fragrant eucalyptus arrangements as well as lavender sachets, soap, and other gifts.

    Promising review: "Excellent product! Got two small size bunches, one for me and one as a gift for my mom. Much larger than expected and very fragrant, fills the bathroom even for a while after the shower. Only downside is my showers are lasting a lot longer now. Lol If you’re looking at this product thinking, “I wonder if this will make my shower feel like a fancy spa”, it will." —Amanda Torisky

    Get it from Eucalyptus Blooms on Etsy for $16.99+ (available in three sizes).

    16. Toss an ultra soft fuzzy throw over basically any piece of furniture to make it an inviting spot to curl up and read.

    white fuzzy throw on a couch

    Of course, it's machine wash-and-dry.

    Get it on Amazon for $18.99 (available in five colors and three sizes).

    17. Or opt for a pom-pom fringed blanket to add a playful little pop of color almost anywhere you need one.


    This one's also machine wash-and-dry safe!

    Get it on Amazon for $23.99 (available in four sizes and 16 colors).

    18. 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

    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).

    19. 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."

    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 on Amazon for $12.19.

    20. 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.

    21. Breathe new life into a scratched laminate-wood table 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

    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 roll on Amazon for $14.99.

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

    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 one on Amazon for $14.44.

    23. 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.,

    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.

    24. Stick on a pretty dishwasher magnet to never wonder whether the dishes are dirty but well-rinsed or clean but someone's just been too lazy to unload more than the one plate they used for their lunch.

    hexagonal white plastic magnet that says "clean" on one end and "dirty" upside-down on the other, so you could rotate it
    Lauren Lash Designs / Etsy

    You can customize it to be made of either wood or acrylic, and choose from six different colors for the font. Lauren Lash Designs is a Houston, Texas based small business that specializes in handmade gifts and accessories.

    Promising review: "Very cute! The magnet sticks perfectly to the dishwasher and now we always know what's inside!!" —Steph Mateja

    Get it from Lauren Lash Designs on Etsy for $6–8 (available in two materials and up to 12 colors).

    25. Corral some of the fridge clutter that you're tired of dealing with by sorting certain products into individual stackable bins.


    Promising review: "Works perfectly in my fridge. Looks so much better than my old bins and can fit items nicely. Love that they are clear as it makes it easy for my toddler to see what he wants without having to take the whole bin out of the fridge. You could easily use these for various things throughout your home to organize and make your life easier. I bought several in various sizes." —runner34

    Get packs of two bins on Amazon for $12.99+ (available in four sizes, so you can mix and match).

    26. And attach pretty decals to your most-used bins so you can feel like a Professional Organizer every time you open your fridge, and so everyone knows where to find everything and where to put things away.

    fridge with plastic bins labeled with black bold easy-to-read cursive vinyl cutouts
    FairyDustDecals / Etsy

    Fairy Dust Decals is a Groveland, Massachusetts-based small business specializing in all sorts of decals, from useful and decorative ones you can use around your home to smart social media decals you could use for your own business.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love them. These are so stinking cute and super easy to put on." —Sarah Sanchez

    Get the pack of eight words from FairyDustDecals on Etsy for $14.50+ (available in five sizes and many colors. Each pack includes labels for fruits, vegetables, eggs, butter, yogurt, sauces, condiments, and cheese. If you have specific words you want, you can probably message the seller for something custom, too!)

    You, easily transforming your home with the help of these products (well, it won't be *this* easy, but it's as close as you can get!):


    Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

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