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    If Your Summer Plans Involve Staying In Your Air Conditioned Home Until Fall, Then At Least Give It An Upgrade With These 48 Products

    Staying inside your air conditioned home >>> braving the scorching hot temps.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles that'll make those otherwise boring bits of wall (like the space between the counters and cabinets) really pop.

    a reviewer before and after photo of the backsplash tiles in their bathroom
    a reviewer before and after photo of the back splash tiles in their kitchen

    Promising review: "This is perfect for an upgrade on a budget. These 'tiles' have given my dull kitchen new life and withstood extreme cold and humidity (electrical issues) with no problem. I receive compliments all the time!" —Deidre Dennis

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in five colors).

    2. Velvet sofa cushion covers so you can enjoy the perks of owning a brand-new velvet couch without having to buy a whole new couch. *Breathes a sigh of relief.*

    Reviewer before/after of their couch with the pink velvet slip added. The after pic shows couches that look brand new and completely different.
    a reviewer before and after photo with blue velvet sofa covers

    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $31.49+ (available in 10 colors and five sizes).

    3. A touch-up paint pen you simply fill with your paint color of choice and apply to any imperfections you're trying to cover up.

    a person filling the paint pet with red paint
    a person using the paint pen to apply white paint to a door
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this — absolutely perfect for touchin' up little spots that need touchin' up. I have several sets filled with different paints and so far they've stayed usable without the paint drying out. I rinse the brush really well after each use (latex paints) and recap it. It would be nice if the manufacturer put an area on the pen where you could easily label the paint info, but I use a permanent marker, and it works okay." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. And this little bottle of paint touch-up so you can quickly fix chips, cracks, and stains on your walls without having to redo the whole thing.

    person holding a bottle of paint touch up
    Amazon

    This paint is nontoxic, zero VOC, low-odor, and solvent-free, so if you're sensitive to chemical smells, this stuff is A-OK!! What makes this different than the one above? Great question! This bottle is already filled with paint so if it's a neutral color you're trying to cover up or you simply don't have the original jar of paint (or remember what the shade was called), this is great. Whereas the pen above is ideal for more specific paint colors and those who still have easy access to the paint color they need. 

    Promising review: "This product is excellent. It goes on easily and covers paint scraps very well. I used it on a door frame that had been chipped. Now the chip is practically unnoticeable. I asked for a sample of colors before buying and received a color chart promptly. I appreciate the customer-friendly attitude of this company." —Educator

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 12 shades).

    5. A floating wooden shelf to add some aesthetically pleasing additional storage space to any room in your home.

    the wooden shelves hanging in a kitchen and holding things like dishes, cups, and decorative pieces
    iirntree / Etsy

    Iirntree is a small business that sells beautiful wooden furniture from shelves, to benches, to garden decor, to wall art decor — time to HGTV-ify your living space.

    Promising review: "Beautiful shelf at a great price and it was securely packaged for shipping. It even came earlier than I had anticipated!" —Kandi

    Get it from Iirntree on Etsy for $26.86+ (available in a variety of sizes and stains).

    6. Or these super lovely and very useful corner shelves that are perfect for those who may be a little too tight on wall space for bigger shelving units. 

    floating wooden corner shelves holding items like  plants and books
    Lyons Crafted / Etsy

    Lyons Crafted is a small business based in Venture, California that sells handcrafted and customizable wooden shelves. Note that because each of these pieces is crafted specifically to your order specifications, it may look a little different than what is pictured!

    Promising review: "This was exactly what I was looking for! Mr. Lyons worked with me to get the exact measurements I needed. The workmanship was outstanding and the shelves were easy to hang. I chose to stain them myself to get a better match to my cabinets." —pmartin1002

    Get it from Lyons Crafted on Etsy for $100+ (available in seven finishes and various sizes).

    7. wood furniture repair kit so you can say adios to scratches, cracks, chips, and more. Damage caused by pets, little ones, and the elements of time don't stand a chance against this kit.

    A reviewer showing a chair leg with multiple scratches in it
    A reviewer showing the same chair leg with no visible scratch marks

    It comes with 12 shades of wood filler and a brush.

    Promising review: "This is super easy to use and effective for being so inexpensive! I am very impressed with how this fixed my chairs that my cat scratched up. Instead of spending $100 per new chair, I took a chance with this stuff and I’m so glad I did. You have to figure out what color matches your wood best — my teak chairs actually needed a slightly darker color or else the filler made the wood flat and more so like paint. When I went with the darker color it put the grain effect back on and looked natural." —Sara Petrouskie

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A velvet ottoman that's super cute. But don't let its adorable looks fool you, it's more than just a pretty piece of decor. You can use this handy baby for storage, as a side table, as an additional seat for guests who come to visit, as a footrest, and you can use the top as a laptop or food tray. 

    A gold hairpin legged blush pink velvet ottoman with a removable lid
    BuzzFeed editor flipping the top of the ottoman to show the storage and the table top underneath
    Amazon, Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I recently got one of these for my new apartment to stash my candles and ~candle accessories~ in and it's pretty much become my favorite piece of furniture?? I use it to prop up my feet during work hours and sometimes if I want to eat on my couch I'll use it as a tray. It's also sturdy enough to sit on, if I ever wanted to have guests over and needed an extra chair. It was RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up — I had it done in less than ten minutes, and probably didn't even need the directions. It also just looks so darn cute (and comes in so many colors that I'm tempted to buy another!)." —Emma Lord, BuzzFeed Editor

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99 (available in six colors).

    9. Peel-and-stick stair riser decals bound to take your staircase to the next ~level~. Get it? Because you use stairs to get between different levels in your house? OK, sorry, bye.

    black and white printed decal on stairs
    Bleucoin / Etsy

    Bleucoin is a small business based in India that sells peel and stick for tiles, walls, floors, and stairs. 

    Get it from Bleucoin on Etsy or Amazon for $62.49+ (available in seven sizes and two finishes).

    10. Pull bars so you can give your cabinets and drawers a seriously sleek upgrade. Say goodbye to those retro handles and hello to these modern ones.  

    Promising review: "These are fabulous and totally changed the look of my kitchen! The price was also great too as I needed 35 and had to buy to lots, one 25 and one 10. The total was around $80 for all of them, which equals less than $2 apiece. You can't buy ones of this quality for that price locally. These are heavy and easy to install." —Debbie Sterrett

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $26.97+ (available in various sizes, colors, and styles).

    11. A natural glass cleaning spray for use on mirrors, windows, and any other glass surfaces in need of some extra TLC in your home. 🎶"I can see clearly now, the fog is gone."🎶

    bottle of glass cleaning spray
    Butter Me Up Organics / Etsy

    This cleaning spray is nontoxic and free of chemicals, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Butter Me Up Organics is an Etsy shop based in Livermore, California that sells organic handcrafted bath, body, baby, and home products.

    Get it from Butter Me Up Organics on Etsy for $16.50.

    12. A leather cleaner that'll help you restore leather, faux leather, vinyl, plastic, and rubber household items, furniture, and decor back to the condition they were in when you first fell in love with 'em. 

    A reviewer showing white leather chairs that look darker and slightly brown on one side but brighter and cleaner on the side that was cleaned with the product
    The same reviewer showing a close-up section of half the couch looking dirty and the other half looking brighter and cleaner

    Promising review: "My 15-year-old leather sectional hadn't been cleaned or conditioned in three to four years because I couldn't find anything that worked well without causing it to look blotchy. After a LOT of elbow grease, the sectional looks great! It's now back to its original color without being blotchy. More importantly, the suppleness has returned. I can actually say that it looks as good as the day we bought it." —jellybean55

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes).

    13. A surface cover to revamp countertops, tables, and furniture and turn them into beautiful marble pieces.

    before and after photo of reviewer's bathroom counter with and without the surface cover
    reviewer photo of half a countertop without the cover and the other half with it as it's being applied

    Check out our marble contact paper deep dive!

    Promising review: "Looks AMAZING. Really easy to use, just make sure you measure and get a piece big enough for your item so you don’t have to line up multiple pieces. Took less than 30 minutes to redo my buffet top from the dark brown granite it used to be." —Brittany renzoni

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in five sizes).

    14. Or check out this gorgeous dark marble surface cover similar to the one above but in a different color in case you could use one that better fits your kitchen aesthetic. 

    a before and after photo of a reviewer's kitchen after applying the dark marble surface cover
    a before and after photo of a reviewer's bathroom counter with the dark marble surface cover

    Promising review: "I'm very pleased with this contact paper. My countertops were stained when I bought my home. I couldn't afford new ones so I covered them in contact paper, and honestly, from across the room it looks like real marble! It has superior adhesion! Very happy!" —Barbara Weber

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three sizes).

    15. A privacy window film that'll help block up to 96% of UV rays and reduce up to 79% of glare, which may just help you save a little bit on energy bills! Plus, it looks a little like having your very own stained glass window and creates a beautiful rainbow effect on sunny days. So many reasons to buy this, so just do it already!

    the privacy window film on a reviewer's window
    reviewer photo of the rainbow effect

    Promising review: "I have a large window in my bathroom and you can see in from the backyard, not very private. I like the light but needed privacy, sheer curtains were not enough. This product is very easy to install, and I love the rainbows. This is this cheapest rainbow window cling I could find and it exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be doing more windows." —Ashley Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 11 sizes).

    16. A gorgeous wooden lift-top coffee table for ensuring that you are face level on the couch with your laptop or a plate of food. Plus, you can hide stuff inside of it, but we can keep that our little secret if you'd like. 

    the brown wooden coffee table, which has open shelving on one side
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love everything about this table. It so perfectly fits in the little corner of my room that I have designed for my quiet space. I love the vintage look it has. It’s very easy to lift and use as a desk (which I do quite often). The storage area inside the lift is very spacious. It’s actually more space than I expected. And I’ve used the side shelves for more decorative things. It’s a small coffee table, but it is exactly what I was looking for." —Lyteyz

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99+ (available in two colors).

    17. A set of six downloadable art prints of your choosing so your living space shows off your personality in a super fun and pretty way. 

    picture showing a customer can pick any six art prints of their choosing
    an example of six art prints customers can purchase from the etsy shop
    Kiki and Nim / Etsy

    Kiki and Nim is a Black woman-owned small business based in Dallas that sells high-quality gallery-style digital art prints. 

    Promising review: "The prints are absolutely perfect and Nikki was super sweet and helpful. The instructions made downloading super easy and she even lists a bunch of print options and recommendations. I would recommend this shop a million times over. I am SO happy with my six prints and the quality is amazing!" —Michaela

    Get it from Kiki and Nim on Etsy for $16.80.

    18. A carpet freshener you simply sprinkle over your carpet or rug (pretending it's fairy dust, OF COURSE), let it sit for 10–15 minutes, and then vacuum it up. It'll make your place smell delicious for days. 

    two containers of carpet freshener
    TS_Melts / Etsy

    TS_Melts is an Etsy shop based in Bolton, United Kingdom that creates all sorts of lovely products to make your home smell nice like wax melts, home diffusers, bath bomb rocks, and more. 

    Promising review: "GO AND BUY! I absolutely adore these carpet fresheners! They have made my bedroom and living room smell gorgeous. Even sprinkled some on my mattress and I can safely say I’m in love. I’ll be back next month to order more for myself and family!" —Jessica Higginson

    Get it from TS_Melts on Etsy for $3.20+ (available in four sizes and various scents).

    19. Angry Orange pet odor eliminator to help make your home smell fresh and clean. While pets are perfect in every way possible, their smell is sometimes... not. But don't worry! This stuff has you covered.

    Promising review: "PLEASE get this, especially if you’re a pet owner with multiple pets. Any pet smell is COMPLETELY GONE! This tiny bottle goes such a long way. I was able to clean my entire 1,450-square-foot apartment (including mopping and using my carpet cleaner) with not even three quarters of the bottle. My apartment smells AMAZING!!" —Anna E.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.97.

    20. Erase-A-Hole, a repair putty for holes and cracks in the drywall — whether it was put there by you, the resident that lived there before you, or the thumbtack that held up your favorite band poster. This stuff will save the day!

    a guide on how to use the stick
    a reviewer before and after photo of a crack on their wall completely gone after using erase a hole

    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It’s super easy to use and it flawlessly removed anything from nail holes to larger drywall anchor holes. Bonus that my walls are white and I can even get away with not repainting if I do a clean job! I hope they never stop making this stuff." —bookworm

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    21. A grout pen that'll get your floors shining like the top of the Chrysler building in no time at all. Did you hire a fancy schmancy service to clean your tiles? Nope, you used a PEN to cover it all up.

    a reviewer's tile floors looking dirty from grout
    the same tile floor now looking clean after using the grout pen

    Pen is ideal for use on floors and walls!

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I'm very happy with this product!" —Jenelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and 11 colors).

    22. A wood polish and conditioner to help restore your wooden furniture back to factory condition. Everyone is gonna think an HGTV crew replaced all of your old wooden furniture. 

    reviewer photo of wooden furniture looking dirty and scratched up
    the same wooden furniture now looking brand new after using the wood polish and conditioner

    The formula gives your wooden furniture a protective, soft luster coating thanks to Carnauba wax and beeswax. It also prevents it from drying and fading. It's good for use on antiques, dining tables, kitchen cabinets, wood doors, trim, and more.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    23. A ceramic colorful vase that'll add rainbows and happiness and sunshine to any room. Add your favorite buds to the mix and this little piece of decor is bound to become an instant favorite. 

    three different styles of the colorful ceramic vases
    Sun Sprinkles Shop / Etsy

    Sun Sprinkles Shop is a small business based in Saint Johns, Michigan that sells vases, earrings, stickers, and more! 

    Promising review: "Excellent quality and super fast shipping! It's such a gorgeous and unique piece. As other reviews mentioned, please make sure you note the sizing before buying — this vase is for baby flowers, which I LOVEEE!" —jferro93

    Get it from Sun Sprinkles Shop on Etsy for $49+ (available in seven styles).

    24. And as long as we're talking about decor that'll brighten up your home, a terrarium candle will certainly do the trick. It's so pretty and so unique.

    lit up terrarium candles
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I am not going to burn these beautiful candles. I love their sweet and delicate beauty. After a stressful day, I uncork the candles and breathe in their heavenly scent." —Susie-Q

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $27 (available in two scents).

    25. A microfiber blind cleaner for a kinda fun way to say goodbye to dust! Sorry, but you will not be missed!

    a gif of a person holding the duster brush and twisting it around. The brush is shaped similar to tongs but has three prongs instead of two
    a person running the duster brush across two blinds

    Includes five microfiber sleeves that can be washed and reused!

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING! You can clean both sides of two blinds at once and grip them firmly to get ALL of the dust off. Plus, it comes with five covers, so that no matter how dirty your blinds are, you'll be able to finish dusting your whole house! I also love that you can wash the covers and don't have to waste money on refills." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).