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    42 Cheap And Easy Home Upgrades That Will Make Your Home Look More Expensive

    Going through a home renovation is actually the worst. Time to take matters into your own hands.

    1. Change the color of your brick with a brick stain.

    2. Upgrade a kitchen island with thin strips of plywood that mimics moulding.

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    Get the tutorial here.

    3. Replace your plain old ceiling light with a lampshade.

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    Who invented flush mounts and why are they so damn ugly? Tutorial here.

    4. Hide an ugly backsplash with plastic tiles that look like tin.

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    Renters rejoice. Directions here.

    5. Tile decals are an easy and removable way to change up your backsplash, too.

    6. Hide your television wires in a shower curtain rod.

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    See how it's done here.

    7. Here's the easiest tutorial for fancier window trips.

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    Get the full directions here.

    8. Add towel bars to any of your fake drawers.

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    Gotta do SOMETHING about that empty unused space.

    9. Hiding beneath the outer layer of your laminate countertop is a stonelike surface waiting to be painted.

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    It looks just like soapstone. Get the full directions here.

    10. Add cheap framed mirrors to closet doors, painted to match.

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    Your selfie game just got way stronger.

    Or add unframed mirrors to bifold closet doors.

    11. There's actually a product called Starecasing that gives your old carpeted stairs a hardwood upgrade.

    Here's a before & after example.

    12. Or see how this creative home DIYer used IKEA rugs to create a stair runner.

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    See how they did it here.

    13. Turn a plain old doorway into a classy doorway, no moulding necessary.

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    Get the tutorial here.

    14. Cover up your vents with magnetic covers.

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    See how it's done using white vinyl sheeting.

    15. Update any old discolored grout with grout dye.

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    Get charcoal grout dye from Home Depot for just shy of $15.

    16. Update your bathroom vanity in 20 minutes.

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    Concrete is so hot right now. Get the directions here.

    17. Use tab curtains to cover up unsightly wire shelving.

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    Your garage might actually not look like civil unrest for once. Thank the genius who thought of the concept here.

    18. Try inexpensive contact paper to add frosted windows.

    19. Hang curtains closer to the ceiling to give the illusion of bigger windows.

    20. The same basic theory works with your shower curtain, too: Spray-paint a shower rod gold and suspend it from the ceiling.

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    The height of the shower curtain will give the illusion of higher ceilings. Just make sure you get an extra-long shower curtain.

    21. Get instant shaker-style kitchen cabinets.

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    Scandinavian home blog, here you come. Directions here.

    22. Or use beadboard wallpaper for a more farmhouse look.

    Get the directions here.

    23. Add molding + shelving to the top of your kitchen cabinets.

    The extra storage is an awesome bonus, but it also adds an extra level of polish to your kitchen. Directions here.

    24. Double up on your shower curtains so they part instead of slide.

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    Make every morning your own person debut into the world.

    25. Install wall-to-wall shelving in a dining room.

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    Makes for great storage of your nicer servingware, cookbooks, and any other ~fancy things~ that are nice to look at. See how it's done here.

    26. Get the right-size rugs and know how to place them.

    27. Frame your flat screen with molding trim.

    28. Just a coat of spray paint will make old air vents look new again.

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    Once you try this DIY, you will want to spray-paint everything.

    29. Half-painted walls give the illusion of a taller ceiling.

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    Especially if you don't have any crown molding.

    30. Inexpensive craft store frames fit perfectly around your light switch covers.

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    See how she did this here.

    31. Make a boring cabinet look regal with molding.

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    Instant class. Tutorial here.

    32. Use a curved shower curtain rod to make a window look bigger.

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    It's called balloon drapery and it will make any living room look just GRAND.

    33. Use carpet underlayment as your rug pad to get that comfy plush feeling.

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    It's cheaper than a rug pad is, too. See the tip in action here.

    34. Swap your outlet covers with jumbo outlet covers.

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    And avoid that weird messy gap.

    35. Framing your bathroom mirror will make it "sit" nicely with the rest of your decor.

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    Get the directions here.

    36. Cover your unsightly cords with suede cording you can buy at any craft store.

    See how they did this here.

    37. Add a strip of trim a bit above already existing baseboards, paint between, and you get faux thick baseboards.

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    Fancy baseboards on the cheap. Get the directions here.

    38. Here's another method to get those nice, thick baseboards.

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    See how they did it here.

    39. This might sound like a no-brainer, but even just updating your outlet plates from "dull beige" to white or stainless finishes will make a big difference.

    40. Dress your bed like they do in the hotels.

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    And then MAKE IT. Every damn morning. You're an adult.

    41. Use fabric scraps to cover any unsightly or embarrassing books.

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    See how it's done here.

    42. Use picture frames as wainscoting.

    And the Victorian transformation is now complete. Get the tutorial here.

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