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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 $19.99 (also available in "Hooch", "Liquid Courage", and "Truth Serum").

    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 $17.25.

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

    Read the full tutorial on Clean & Scentsible.

    Get a gallon of concrete paint on Amazon for $32.98 (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.


    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 six 18"x18" covers for $26.99 or a different set of five 18"x18" featuring illustrations for $33.99, 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.


    Get this set of two on Amazon for $20.99.

    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.

    Get this one on Amazon, $18.99 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 $10.28.

    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.


    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 $17.99 (available in eight color/finish combos).

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

    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.

    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.,

    Promising review: "I would recommend this to anyone who needs a durable and colorful addition to their living space. Everyone is surprised when I tell them it is plastic, because it looks like it is made of natural fiber. The colors are very bright, and the design is great. I needed a large rug that was waterproof, and that wouldn't trap debris as it is on my front porch. It is easy to sweep, and a really nice piece of design to add to my porch. Great purchase!" —Scott

    Get the 4'x6' on Amazon for $51 (available in three colors and also as a 5'x'8, 6'x'9', and as a runner).

    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.


    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 $29.24+ (five colors available in many sizes).

    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.

    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 $16.98 (seven roll sizes available).

    14. 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.

    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 $19.99.

    15. 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).


    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 $29.99 (also available as a 35-gallon bin for $43.99).

    16. 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.


    Its lid removes completely so it's super easy to empty, 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 $19.99 (available in two colors).

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

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

    Read the full how-to on Hawthorne and Main.

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

    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.

    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 $35.99.

    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.


    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 $28.30.

    21. 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.

    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).

    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 Novogratz on Amazon for $39.99 (available in 12 patterns).

    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).


    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 $16.99 (available in two sizes and two 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.

    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. Get one from Covogoods on Etsy for $21.75+.

    25. 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 60"x45" shelves (that hold up to 300 lbs of evenly-distributed weight) on Amazon for $105.99 (also available in a 27"x46" size in the same listing, or a 46"x46" size.)

    26. 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 $6.94+ (14 metallic finish colors available).

    27. 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.


    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 $17.99 (six metallic finishes available).

    28. 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 $79.95 (available in four finishes, or in a "white diamond" finish for $70).

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


    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 on Amazon for $122.98.

    30. Watch obvious damage to your wood furniture vanish with 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.

    31. 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.


    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 eight colors).

    32. 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.


    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 $39.99.

    33. 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.


    Promising review: "I got this to get my shoes out of sight for company and also so our puppy could not just pull the shoes off the rack and chew them. Was easy to assemble, fits lots of shoes in it and looks good." —Kish Chick

    Get it on Amazon for $36.99.

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