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    1. Pour your off-brand liquor into a glass decanter because nobody needs to know you get your whiskey at Costco.


    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    2. Instantly update your garage door with carriage-style magnets to create a ~focal point~ that draws everyone's eyes away from any other unsightly details you're not gonna fix anytime soon.


    Promising review: "Really dressed up our garage door!!!!

    UPDATE!! It has been almost a year since I purchased these. They have faded ever so slightly but still hold on to the metal of the garage door and have not cracked with the cold of winter or heat of summer. Very pleased!!!" —Robert R

    Get the set of four hinges and two handles on Amazon for $17+ (available in three styles).

    3. Cover up your gross-looking concrete with garage floor paint for a clean visual slate in a space you use every day.

    A blogger's oil- and spray-paint-stained, garage floor, 70% painted over with clean, grey paint

    Read the full tutorial on Clean & Scentsible.

    Get a gallon of concrete paint on Amazon for $31.47 (available in two shades).

    4. Recover those old throw pillows you're not in love with anymore with cute shams that cost significantly less than buying a bunch of new cushions.

    A grey couch with four colorful, pattern-covered pillows on it: one has a honeycomb pattern, one a chevron, one a pinwheel and one a fishscale.

    Protip: If you can't find shams with the exact same measurements as your throw pillows, go for covers an inch or two smaller for an ~overstuffed~ look.

    Get this set of four 18"x18" covers for $23.99 (available in six widely different styles) or a different set of six 18"x18" black and white covers that would fit right into a Joanna Gaines room for $39.99, both on Amazon.

    5. 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

    Get this set of two on Amazon for $22.99.

    6. Hide all the crap you shove under your bed with a neat bed skirt that coordinates with the rest of your bedding — your bedroom will immediately look tidier.

    A simple white bedskirt on a bed

    Get this one on Amazon, $16.99 for a queen (also available in twin, full, and king, and in four colors).

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

    Promising review: "Amazing job at updating my wall oven. I searched for months trying to see what would be an alternative replacement to my dated wall oven (25 years old). The thing is, my old oven has always worked very well, so I couldn't really justify paying $2,000 to replace my working double wall oven only because of cosmetic reasons. Then it dawned on me that maybe if I updated the oven with this metal covering it would look like real stainless steel. So for literally the cost of $10 I updated my oven. The update is virtually unnoticeable unless you tell someone, and what's the best thing of all, it leaves no fingerprints. Best $10 I ever spent." —B. Lenj

    Get an 18"x72" roll on Amazon for $12.10.

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

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

    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 them from Amazon: a pack of four dispensers with a copper-tone pump for $29.99 or a pack of two dispensers with a stainless pump for for $19.99.

    9. Rejuvenate beat-up furniture and other wood (or simply darken light-tone wood pieces) with Old English Scratch Cover.

    A reviewer's coffee table: The bottom third is dinged up, messy, and destroyed-looking but the top-third (after using the product) looking perfectly new and taken care of

    A couple reviewers note that a little goes a long way — even for a somewhat bigger project, one bottle may be enough.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff. While it doesn't fill in scratches or gouges it really hides them. I use it on wood furniture all the time, and occasionally deep gouge in my wood floor. I tried it on a cherry colored antique silverware box and it made a big difference. Highly recommend as a quick fix." —H. Flynn

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $4.82.

    10. 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

    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 on Amazon for $12.79+ (available in three sizes).

    11. Dress up a less-than-lovely patio or porch — or protect a high-traffic area so it doesn't deteriorate — by laying down an indoor/outdoor rug that'll seem like it's there exclusively because it looks good.

    A reviewer's back porch with an some deep brown furniture and a navy and white rug

    Promising review: "These are great rugs. I bought both this 4x6 rug and the 3x5 to place in front of 2 sets of doors on the deck. They are soft underfoot and appear well made with bound edges. They arrived rolled and laid flat when placed on the deck, no creases. The pattern is very nice and coordinates well with the polypropylene rugs on the deck. I have another rug from this vendor in another pattern that has been in full sun on the pier most of the time and has not faded and is still in great shape." —Alabama Nana

    Get the 4'x6' on Amazon for $55 (available in three patterns and up to five sizes).

    12. The same goes with any less-than-lovely places inside, too: a standout print rug brings any neglected area the wow factor it deserves.

    A thick shag rug with multiple bright colors in diamond patterns

    Promising review: "This rug is everything I ever dreamed of an MORE! I didn't even know an extra plus faux fur rug existed, especially in all of these fun colors! I'm more than happy with my order. The product comes as pictures & the texture is e x t r e m e l y soft! I seriously wake up excited to go to my living room and feel my rug." —Allegra

    Get it from Rugs USA for $84.90+ (available in six sizes; many other prints and styles available on Rugs USA).

    13. Mask an eyesore of a view with rainbow-y self-adhesive window film — besides looking jaw-droppingly beautiful, it'll also provide a little extra privacy.

    A reviewer's big window covered in the film; the sunlight coming through causes the film to shine lots of different iridescent colors

    Promising review: "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 a 17.5"x78" roll on Amazon for $9.98 (seven roll sizes available).

    14. Install all new light switch and outlet covers so you don't have to keep looking at the dirt-attracting off-white default ones that you secretly hate. And all it takes? A screwdriver and a few minutes.

    CM Hardwoods / Etsy, My Dove Designs / Etsy

    Promising review (for the wooden ones): "The light switches and outlet covers are each done with care and precision. He even sends the screws and foam insulation to keep out drafts! We needed a special order on one and help with trimming one. Each time we contacted him we got immediate help. I highly recommend this company and the workmanship!" —Katherine Gillard

    Promising review (for the acrylic ones): "Ordered four mixed switch plate and outlet covers, all came out beautifully! Shipped very quickly and look great in our home." —Noelle Cross

    Get them from Etsy: the wood option from CM Hardwoods for $4.95+/plate (available in 17 switch/outlet configurations, plus more wood styles on their store page) or the acrylic one from My Dove Designs for $9+/plate (available in 10 colors, 7 switch/outlet configurations, and with or without the optional leaves or metallic leaf).

    CM Hardwoods is a Delaware-based small business featuring handmade wood and acrylic items, and My Dove Designs, also a small biz, is Arizona-based and carries all kinds of handmadie goodies, from candles to lip gloss to custom acrylic dog tags.

    15. Consolidate the mess that is your TV's cords in a cable raceway because there's no reason your grown-up living room needs to remind you of your college dorm years one little bit.

    before: a TV hung on a wall with four black cables dangling from the bottom; after: the same setup, except there's a thin white plastic tube coming from the bottom of the TV

    To disguise it even *more*, you could paint it the same color as your wall once it's assembled!

    Promising review: "This product worked great for cleaning up my mess of cables/power cords going to my wall mounted TV. The plastic is sturdy, yet easily cut to proper length, I did however, use a "T" type of expandable wall anchor because I was attaching it to exterior stucco wall. The channels are large enough to accommodate numerous cords, and the covers snap firmly in place." —TheoLogic1

    Get the kit (which has six cable covers that total 150", self-adhesive tape, and 12 connector pieces) on Amazon for $49.64.

    16. Toss your stinkiest refuse in a slide-out trash can that's simple to install in pretty much any lower cabinet (as long as you're semi-proficient with a drill, or willing to learn).

    A trash can on a sliding track that comes out of a bottom cabinet

    The 20-quart container comes with all the mounting hardware you'll need.

    Promising review: "I can't believe what a positive difference installing two of these products has made in my kitchen! I have a small home with limited cupboard space, but these really helped me maximize my under the sink storage area. I was was able to fit two of these under an extremely cramped sink, and now I have two trash receptacles that are both hidden, yet really easy to access and remove. It is very well made and seems like it'll last a long time. The bins are very slender and the clean bright white is modern and simple." —SuzanneDel

    Get it on Amazon for $36.39 (also available as a 35-quart bin for $66.99).

    17. And temporarily store your used coffee grounds, banana peels, and apple cores in this odor-locking compost bin you won't mind keeping out on your kitchen counter.

    The grey, rounded-corner bin with its lid open, revealing the scraps inside. It has a top handle for easy carrying, and is about as tall with the lid open as the swiss chard sitting next to it

    Its lid removes completely and the interior is completely smooth, so it's super easy to empty and clean, too.

    Promising review: "This thing is great. We had been using a five quart paint bucket with a lid that didn’t completely close. Aside from the smell, the flies loved it. With this, we never notice the smell (unless it’s open) and it is so easy to empty and clean. I was skeptical when I saw that the lid had no rubber gasket, but odors don’t escape and the flies have disappeared." —Morgan Harvey

    Get it on Amazon for $20.65+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

    18. Banish your brooms from that cluttered corner of your kitchen, and hang them neatly inside your coat closet or laundry room instead with the help of a mountable snap-in mop holder.

    the holder with five long-handled mops/brooms in it, and two items hung on the five hooks

    Promising review: "I've used it for about a week. The plastic seems sturdy. It was easy to install. The mechanism for holding broom handles has been quite effective. Its simple to lift them out of their places. Love the extra hooks that fold in and out." —Jillian

    Get it from Wayfair for $14.25

    19. Build a simple log store so your teetering wood pile no longer looks like it's languishing but your growing collection can still breathe.

    A blogger's three-sided, roofed log store, filled about halfway with chopped wood

    20. 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

    Read the full how-to on Hawthorne and Main.

    Get a quart of white primer on Amazon for $7.88.

    21. 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

    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 on Amazon for $49.99 (Available in three sizes).

    22. Create a ~drop zone~ for your mail, keys, dog leashes, scarves, and other miscellaneous things by hanging this tidy wall shelf — it'll be much nicer than unceremoniously piling all of that stuff on your countertop.

    The shelf; it has two horizontal halves: one with a shelf on the top and three hooks right beneath it; the other with two deep-ish slots for letters or other mail

    Promising review: "Great little shelf that comes fully assembled and you just have to attach it to the wall. Sturdy enough to hold jackets and purses. Excellent choice for small spaces. Would buy this again!" —Chris

    Get it on Amazon for $34.44.

    23. Stash all those things you're tired of seeing out on your countertops but still want to be able to reach in an instant in Command Strip bins that mount directly to the inside of your cabinet doors.


    Promising review: "I love these caddies! They are so useful and attractive and tuck in nicely inside my cabinets. They are sturdy and I used all four strips that came with each caddy and haven't had any problems with them coming loose or falling off. They are awesome for organizing." —Nina1635

    Get it from Target for $7.29.

    24. 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

    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 on Amazon for $23.22+ (available in three colors), or a two pack of the white for $60.21.

    25. Hang some moisture- and steam-resistant removable wallpaper on that giant white wall (or boring backsplash) in your rental that you have no idea what to do with, then you can simply peel it off when you're about to move out.


    It's completely self-adhesive, so you don't have to mess with glues when you put it up. You do have to have a smooth surface painted with a satin or semi-gloss finish for it to work, though. You can also use it on furniture like bookshelves and drawers, or even stair risers! BTW, you can get 15% off site wide at Novogratz with our exclusive code NOVOBUZZ (although it's only good during non-sale periods).

    Get a 20.5" x 16.5' (28 sq. ft.) roll from Novogratz for $40 (available in 26 patterns here).

    26. Shelter a tangled powerstrip inside a power cord box so nothing accidentally ends up unplugged (and you don't have to look at it all, either).

    Before: a powerstrip with cords everywhere; after, the powerstrip in the box, so you only see the cords coming out of it

    Promising review: "This was the answer to my unsightly dilemma of a rat's nest of cables/modem/surge protector multi plug cords located under my desk in my home office! Most of the the other choices online are not large enough to accommodate all the cables and surge protector. This one fit the bill! Note that I also bundled and zip tied the excess cord lengths so that I was able to fit those bundled ties in the box. This box also has ample openings on the sides and rear of the box to thread the cables through. In addition, there are openings on the bottom for ventilation. Now my home office looks presentable and tidy! Worth every cent!" —wandalust4ever

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors).

    27. And 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.

    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 $21.75+.

    Covogoods is a Salt Lake, Utah-based small business that focuses on making these boxes in all kinds of sizes and colors, but also sells books by the color!

    28. Free up garage floorspace with some ceiling-mount shelves — they're perfect for seasonal storage because everything will still be relatively easy to access, but you won't have to look at it all every time you go to start your car.,

    Promising review: "I actually am using them in my two outdoor sheds so I can take advantage of the unused upper portion. They come partially assembled and are fairly easy to install. I chose not to use the large lag screws that came with it and chose to use a heavy-duty shorter wood screw. Because the rafters in the shed are only 2x4s and I wasn't putting anything too heavy on lift, that was an option. It is made so well and can be basically adjusted to any angle you have. I even hung some yard equipment from loft. It can handle a bit of weight but be sure to follow the directions if you will be loading it up." —J.F.

    Get the 45"x45" shelves (that hold up to 250 lbs of evenly-distributed weight) on Amazon for $62.92 (available in three colors; see other sizes available on their store page).

    29. 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

    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: "My cats are very happy with the extra privacy afforded by this cabinet. It has also been a wonderful solution to the previously daily invasions of the litter box, by our new puppy. The pan is at the other end of the cabinet. I clean it once a day and he is no longer interested! Also, the wood grain version is a nice piece of furniture. Pretty easy to put together. It does take two people to do so!" —Sage

    Get it from Chewy for $177.29 (available in two colors).

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

    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 on Amazon for $11.37+ (7 metallic finish colors available).

    31. Empty an entire drawer with an under-cabinet organizer that lets hot tools cool safely. Then repurpose that drawer to store all of those skincare products that have been slowly taking over your entire counter.

    The over-cabinet-door organizer, with a basket on the bottom and three metal circles about five inches above the top of the basket with a straightener, hair dryer, and curling iron set into each

    Promising review: "Very handy item. Helped clear off counterspace and hide the clutter! My son and daughter share a small bathroom. The complaint was always HER hair items left on the counter taking up the space. Not anymore. Even a hot flat iron or curling iron can be put away to free up space and cut down on the complaints I have to hear! Worth every penny!!" —Julie Grant

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (seven metallic finishes available).

    32. Overhaul that outdated Formica in your kitchen with a granite-look countertop paint kit for an inexpensive upgrade that'll last for years.


    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 on Amazon for $67.90+ (available in four finishes; if those are sold out, you can also find them in another listing for $89.95+. Also available in a "white diamond" finish for $90.32).

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

    Multiple reviewers also note that it's great for dampening the sound of your AC unit!

    Promising review: "I bought this to hide my trash cans on the side of my house. It works great. Good quality, easy to put together and install outside, and it is the perfect height to hide my large trash cans (the ones that are on wheels that the trash company distributes). Highly recommend using the stakes that comes with it. We did not at first and the wind blew it over. However with the stakes in use we have weathered several strong storms with no issues." —Florida Mom

    Get it on Amazon for $138.41.

    34. Watch obvious damage to your wood furniture vanish with a water stain erasing–cloth.

    Promising review: "Yes, it smells gross. Yes, it took me about half an hour of scrubbing at three spots on my table before they disappeared....but they did disappear, so I'm happy! I think the older the marks are, the longer you have to scrub at them. One mark was only a few days old, and vanished in about five minutes. The other mark was much larger, and was a couple of months old. That one took forever, and I almost gave up. So glad I kept going! My table looks brand new now." —Dove

    Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

    35. Or if the stain's a little too big to fix with a $5 cloth, cover it with a checked table runner you can match to the season.

    A table set with a wide gingham check table runner in navy and white

    Promising review: "Love this buffalo check table runner! The quality is amazing, it will be such a transitional piece. I can use it for about any season. It fits my table just perfect. Love it!" —eric a.

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

    36. Tuck away toys (and all the other random stuff your kids left lying around) in a storage ottoman to reclaim your living room as a place for grown-ups.

    A model putting toys into the ottoman

    This one's collapsible, in case you end up wanting to store *it* at some point, too!

    Promising review: "Great storage bin. I didn't believe you can sit on it and still be sturdy but it really is. It doesn't feel like it's going to break. The kids' slime jars and other stuff fit to hide it out of view. Fit under a desk and we pull it out as needed for extra seating when their friends come over." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $47.08.

    37. If you're not lucky enough to have a mudroom, this shoe cabinet is a good start — it'll at least be better than the ever-growing pile of shoes threatening to trip you on the way out the door.

    This kit comes with six two-shelf rectangular cubbies and a door for each.

    Promising review: "This organizer is well made and very easy to install. I love the fact that you can arrange the grids in any design to fit your space. I fit four pair of shoes in each grid. Then I stored purses and backpacks and scarves and gloves as there is so much space. I will be purchasing another for other uses as this unit is not only useful but quite attractive and well built." —Gramma Jamma

    Get it on Amazon for $49.99+ (also available in five larger sizes).

    You, after successfully disguising that one thing that's been bugging you for AGES:


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.