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    1. Pour your off-brand liquor into a glass decanter because nobody needs to know you get your whiskey on the bottom shelf.

    glass faceted bottle decanter full of whiskey, with faceted glass topper

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    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: "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 the set of four hinges and two handles on Amazon for $11.68.

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

    two blue chenille throw pillows

    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 two 16"x16" covers from Amazon for $11.99+.

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

    4. Disguise a hideous buzzer or interior fuse box with a trendy macramé hanging you can move when you need easy access.

    two taupe macrame hangings over a sofa with different designs

    Get this set of two on Amazon for $22.99 (available in two sizes).

    5. Or hide the box behind your favorite tea towel with the help of a magnetic wood frame, and you'll solve the same problem *and* be able to easily switch it 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 $16 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

    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.

    white square bedskirt on bed

    Get this one on Amazon, $15.99 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.

    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 $8.99+ (available in three sizes).

    8. 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

    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 on Amazon for $19.99 (available in eight color/finish combos).

    9. Rejuvenate beat-up or water-stained furniture and other wood with the help of a wipe-on 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 from Amazon for $7.99+ (two sizes and 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 $8.98 from Amazon.

    10. Cover up scratches, scrapes, and chips on that old chest of drawers by applying furniture decals that turn it into its very own unique work of art. 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 $29.99.

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

    white curl-patterned register cover on a reviewer's air register

    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 $12.32+ (available in three sizes).

    12. 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.

    blue and white patterned rug on reviewer's balcony

    Promising review: "It's perfect for pool areas! It wasn't what I expected but i actually like it better. If I had to describe it...I'd describe very soft straws (like drinking straws) woven into a carpet. It doesn't stay wet and it doesn't get hot so it is perfect for our pool patio. It is light weight though, so if you don't have something set on it or put it away during a storm it will blow around." —Andrea Malcolm

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in five sizes and three designs; or see all the available designs on the Fab Habitat store page). 

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

    blue and grey diamond and dot patterned rug with white accents

    Promising review: "Purchased this for a nursery (space theme!) and found the color and print to be very true to the photos. Absolutely love it! It's also extremely soft (good for a baby to play on) and seems to be very well made. Extremely pleased with this rug!" —Kat D.

    Get it on Amazon for $30.71+ (five colors available in many sizes, or see all the rug designs available on the Safavieh store page).

    14. 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.

    light shining through reviewer's translucent rainbow film window; the coating on the film makes the window shine with different muted 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 23"x78" roll on Amazon for $26.98 (seven roll sizes available).

    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.

    a tv hung on a wall before, with cords hanging down beneath it, and after, with all the cords consolidated into a single thin white tube

    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 $19.95 (available in two lengths and two colors).

    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).

    black trash can on metal track sliding out of cabinet

    The 35-quart container comes with all the mounting hardware you'll need.

    Promising review: "I hesitated to trade existing storage space for a trashcan but I am so glad I did. The Rev-A-Shelf was easy to install and worked exactly as I expected. The instructions were a bit lacking but a quick check on YouTube is all you need. Just four easily placed screws to your cupboard bottom and project complete. The fact that the kitchen trash is not the first thing guests see when they enter my house is awesome. I should have done this upgrade years ago! You won't be sorry if you purchase this unit. I love it!" —daisy

    Get it on Amazon for $66.99+ (available in three colors, or check out other options for Rev-A-Shelf trashcan storage).

    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.

    white compost bin with lid open, filled with vegetable scraps

    Its lid removes completely so it's super easy to empty, and it has completely smooth interior walls so you never have to deal with gross buildup in a corner or next to a plastic seam. 

    Promising review: "We are heavy composters — lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, 1/2 pound of coffee grounds per week, lots of tea bags — all scrap goes in this composter. We have a ton of plants and use our compost. What clinches the deal on this product is that surprisingly, we have not once smelled any odors whatsoever with the lid closed. Also, none of our friends have picked up a see-through container off our counter top and said, "Oh, what's in here?" so no more embarrassing explanations of how we kept garbage in a bowl on top of our counter!" —Laura B

    Get it on Amazon for $20.99 (available in two sizes and three colors).

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

    wooden log store stacked halfway full with firewood

    19. 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 $44.99.

    20. 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.

    white shelf with two halves: one with three small hooks on bottom, flat shelf on top; one with two vertical slots for 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 $34.99.

    21. Makeover up your old-school bathtub, shower, or sink with a tub-and-tile spray paint to hold you over until you have the time/cash/inspiration to shell out the big bucks to replace it.

    Promising review: "This stuff works great! 5 full stars!! I have read a lot of reviews about peeling, but that's because of bad prep work. Mine has not peeled after eight months. You can't just spray, you have to put in the time preparing correctly for the paint. Also, one can doesn't go very far; in my small stall shower I used two cans and could have used three. Be very careful about ventilation...the fumes are nasty you really need to wear a respirator — a reusable Covid mask will not work. I highly recommend this product. If it's used and applied right you will be very satisfied!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $15.78.

    22. Upgrade your rental kitchen's non-existent backsplash with moisture- and steam-resistant removable wallpaper that you can simply peel 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!

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this wallpaper!!! It is beautiful and unique, refined and elegant, and heavy duty quality. I found it super easy to install, though I opted to use it for a room border versus full wall coverage. I also found it very forgiving, allowing me to pull it back off and adjust areas without leaving permanent dents in the design. It gave my son’s bedroom a whole new look and I have gotten lots of compliments!" —Melissa

    Get a 20.5" x 16.5' roll from The Novogratz on Amazon for $30.96 (or see all the available patterns on the The Novogratz wallpaper page).

    23. 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).

    a powerstrip before, covered in cord clutter, and after, with the cords in a white plastic box that hides them

    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 three colors).

    24. 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. 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+.

    25. 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 $11.44+ (available in 19 metallic finish colors), or in six packs from another listing for $64.07+ (available in three other metallic finish colors).

    26. 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 three-slot metal wire organizer holding a flat iron, blow dryer, and curling iron

    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 (eight metallic finishes available).

    27. 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

    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 $84.39.

    28. Watch obvious damage to your wood furniture vanish with the help of 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.

    29. Or if the stain's a little too big to fix with a $9 cloth, cover it with a checked table runner you can match to the season.

    white runner with thick blue gingham check, on a walnut table

    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 $7.99+ (available in two lengths and nine colors).

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

    model putting toys away in ottoman, which has its tufted top open

    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 $50.03.