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    34 Ways To Make A Difference In Your Home With Just A Few Little Updates

    Small, not-too-expensive touches that'll make your space feel refreshed.

    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

    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.

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

    blogger's garage floor, 75% covered in uniform grey paint that hides stains, spray paint overspray, and other mess on the concrete

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

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

    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

    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

    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

    12. Toss kids toys, extra blankets, or even your laundry in a large decorative lidded basket because it'll make all that clutter (and face it, those plastic laundry baskets look like clutter!) instantly transform into something stylish.

    tall-ish lidded woven basket in taupe

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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, after, with all the cords consolidated into a single thin white tube, and painted, where the tube now blends in with the grey wall

    17. 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).

    18. 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

    19. Stash the little things you use in your kitchen or bathroom every day — your favorite box of tea, the daily vitamins you'll forget unless they're in front of your face, sanitary products — in a countertop basket that'll hide 'em but still leave them accessible.

    20. 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

    21. Slap on a coat of simple primer to brighten up a dingy brick garage over the course of a lazy Sunday afternoon.

    blogger's white garage wall

    22. 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

    23. 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

    24. 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.

    25. 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.

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

    before pic of a messy cable strip then after of the box containing the same power strip but looking much neater

    Promising review: "A must-buy product for your messy home or office. Exactly what I was looking for to help save space and hide my cable cords." —Andrew Olson

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99. Or if you have wood floors, try a different but still well-reviewed option that'll blend in for $24.99

    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

    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.

    29. 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

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

    reviewer's kitchen before: with basic countertops and after: with faux-black-and-white granite countertops

    31. 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

    32. Watch obvious damage to your wood furniture vanish with the help of a water stain erasing–cloth.

    33. Or if the stain's a little too big to fix with a $13 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

    34. Tuck away toys (and all the other random stuff your kids left lying around) in this comfortable storage ottoman because it lets you both prop your feet up after a long day and hide throws, games, books, kids toys, and more in its handy storage compartment. It'll let you reclaim your living room as a place for grown-ups!

    A taupe tufted storage ottoman with tapered legs