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19 Inexpensive Ways To Upgrade Things You Already Own

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1. Upgrade a plain sweater or sturdy T-shirt with sew-on jewels that you can actually just glue.

You'll need:Sew-on acrylic jewelsJewel glueOptional needle and threadGet the tutorial here.

2. Upgrade your plain white curtains with a simple paint job.

You'll need:Black fabric paintPaintbrushesTrash bag to line the floorGet the tutorial here.
abeautifulmess.com

You'll need:

Black fabric paint

Paintbrushes

Trash bag to line the floor

Get the tutorial here.

3. Add pom-pom trim to your favorite blanket.

You'll need: Pom-pom trimFabric glue ScissorsGet the tutorial here.
sugarandcloth.com

You'll need:

Pom-pom trim

Fabric glue

Scissors

Get the tutorial here.

4. Upgrade any color fabric chair with painted accents.

You'll need:Fabric paintFoam pouncersFoam brushOptional gold spray paint for the legsGet the tutorial here.

5. Upgrade solid magazine holders with a Sharpie and craft paint.

You'll need:A Sharpie and a pencilCraft paintA paintbrushA ruler Get the full tutorial here.

6. Upgrade any tabletop with marble contact paper.

You'll need:

Marble contact paper

Scissors or an Xacto knife

Measuring tape

Get the tutorial for the table on the left here.

7. Upgrade plain glasses with gold adhesive vinyl.

You'll need:Gold adhesive vinylGet the tutorial here.
sugarandcloth.com

You'll need:

Gold adhesive vinyl

Get the tutorial here.

8. Upgrade plain shoes with flat-back pyramid studs.

You'll need:Strong craft glueGold flat-back studs Find the tutorial here.

9. Upgrade your plain dresser drawers with leather pulls.

You'll need:Bronze nails Leather scraps Get the tutorial here.
sugarandcloth.com

You'll need:

Bronze nails

Leather scraps

Get the tutorial here.

10. Upgrade literally any piece of Ikea furniture (or even your walls) with O'verlays.

You just glue them on and voilà! Get them here.
myoverlays.com

You just glue them on and voilà!

Get them here.

11. Upgrade your couch with tufting.

You'll need:A 10- to 12-inch tufting needleTufting twineFabric buttons (these ones match Ikea furniture)Get the tutorial here.
oheverythinghandmade.com

You'll need:

A 10- to 12-inch tufting needle

Tufting twine

Fabric buttons (these ones match Ikea furniture)

Get the tutorial here.

12. Upgrade your heels with lace.

You'll need:Lace appliqués E-6000 craft glue
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13. Upgrade boring walls with removable wallpaper that is renter-friendly and reusable

Wallflora Shop on Etsy has some incredible printed removable wallpaper. Get the gray print here and the greenery print here.

14. Upgrade your dishwasher or refrigerator with stick-on steel contact sheets.

You can buy the steel contact sheets here and check out the tutorial here.
julieblanner.com

You can buy the steel contact sheets here and check out the tutorial here.

15. Upgrade plain chairs using fabric paint and paracord.

You don't have to paint your chairs, but if you do, you'll need:1/8-inch ParacordFabric mediumWhite paintPaintbrush SandpaperNeedle and thread (will depend on the color paracord you use)Click here to get the tutorial.
thegatheredhome.com

You don't have to paint your chairs, but if you do, you'll need:

1/8-inch Paracord

Fabric medium

White paint

Paintbrush

Sandpaper

Needle and thread (will depend on the color paracord you use)

Click here to get the tutorial.

16. Upgrade your kitchen utensils by painting or dip-dying them.

You'll need:SandpaperCraft paintPainter's tapeShellacGet the tutorial here. It's a bit vague, but you basically just tape around the handle, sand it down a little, paint it, shellac it, and let it dry.
littlebitfunky.com

You'll need:

Sandpaper

Craft paint

Painter's tape

Shellac

Get the tutorial here. It's a bit vague, but you basically just tape around the handle, sand it down a little, paint it, shellac it, and let it dry.

17. Upgrade your end tables, coffee tables, or even dining room tables with these decorative corner brackets.

They even come with nails, so all you'll need is a hammer. Get them here.
etsy.com

They even come with nails, so all you'll need is a hammer.

Get them here.

18. Upgrade your dressers with drawer pulls.

Get the tutorial for copper pipe drawer pulls here, or just shop drawer pulls and knobs here.
ikeahackers.net

Get the tutorial for copper pipe drawer pulls here, or just shop drawer pulls and knobs here.

19. Upgrade any plain glass vase with enamel paint.

You'll need: PermEnamel paintFoam brushesGet the tutorial here. It calls for surface conditioner, which is really optional.
sugarandcharm.com

You'll need:

PermEnamel paint

Foam brushes

Get the tutorial here. It calls for surface conditioner, which is really optional.

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