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    35 Gasp-Worthy Household Upgrades That Would Make Joanna Gaines Proud

    Lights, camera, action on your own little Fixer Upper. But without all the demolition.

    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. A roll of stick-and-peel shiplap wallpaper to get your classic Fixer Upper on (duh!) with this realistic, self-adhesive shiplap. Use this to upgrade your walls or your furniture!,

    Promising review: “I LOVE this stuff. It looks so authentic and costs just a fraction compared to real shiplap. I am so impressed. A DIY game-changer.” —Rosie 

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in five sizes).

    2. Or a roll of removable peel-and-stick wallpaper made to resemble reclaimed wood for a cute accent wall that gives chic farmhouse vibes.

    Reviewer's bathroom shows the reclaimed wood wallpaper on some parts of the walls

    Promising review: "I love this product. It looks amazing! You really can't tell it's not real wood once applied. I used it to line the inner drawers and cabinets in my bathroom and so far I haven't had any issues. Very durable, easy to cut to the size you need, and sticks really well after you burnish it down. I am very pleased with the results so far! Will definitely recommend and purchase again when needed." —kara upperstrom

    Get it from Amazon for $6.15+ (available in five sizes and two colors).

    3. A bottle of Feed-N-Wax wood polish that'll not only enhance your cabinets' shine, but also layer them with a protective coating of carnauba wax and beeswax, so there's less polishing for you to do in the future.

    Promising review: "I LOVED using this in my kitchen. It made my cabinets look like they were recently redone. I didn't do anything extra; I just wiped my cabinets with my normal cleaner and then used this and like magic my kitchen was brand-new. I also used it on some shelving, banisters, and my hutch and they all looked amazing. And the hutch wasn't as annoying to dust for a while." —tiffany b

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    4. A set of dimmable under-cabinet lighting strips so you can go to the kitchen for your midnight snack without facing the harshness of your overhead light. Each strip has adhesive backing, so need to whip out the tool belt for this project.

    reviewer image of under cabinet LED lights turned on in a customer's kitchen

    Promising review: "I am happy that this has a true RF remote; I went behind the wall and it still worked. I needed three separate sets since my cabinets were disconnected, but being able to use just one remote for all of them is almost like what a professional would do! It came with enough cord holders to make sure they aren't hanging down. I left the lights on all day so a little bit of warmth would set the adhesive, but the lights really are cool to the touch. I think they should last for a long time since they are LED and the installation looks totally hidden!" —Daniel Moyer

    Get six pre-cut strips from Amazon for $20.99 (available in two colors).

    5. A giant clothespin towel holder for a surefire way to make a fun statement in your bathroom!

    two jumbo clothespin towel holders mounted to a wall, each holding a beige towel
    Barwood Shop / Etsy

    A small shop out in the Adirondacks, Barwood Shop handcrafts whimsical and functional home decor.

    Promising review: "Adorable! This is such a creative idea for hanging towels in the bathroom. I am very happy with how they turned out. They look awesome in my guest bathroom!" —Meghan Purdy

    Get it from Barwood Shop on Etsy for $28.97 (available in five colors).

    6. Erase-A-Hole, a drywall repair putty to fill any cracks, holes, and mishaps without all the fuss. Just apply, wipe with a cloth, and paint over it for a seamless fix.

    Promising review: “Does exactly what it says. Rather than spackling, waiting for it to dry, sanding it down, and tweaking as needed, this cuts the time/effort down to 1) rub over place in need of patching 2) wipe off excess. The hardest part is not accidentally getting the product on parts of the wall that don’t need it, but that’s easy to clean up, so it’s not a problem. Easy to use.” —Amanda 

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    7. A dual coat and shoe rack with a bench and enough space so you can hang and store your jackets, keys, hats, decor, and more!

    reviewer image of the coat rack in the entryway

    Promising review: “I needed something near our front door for shoes and bags. This works very well, fits in my space, looks pretty, and was easy enough to assemble.” —Christopher Harris 

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in three colors).

    8. A green velvet sectional as cozy as it is chic. This contemporary couch is great for curling up with a book or with your Roku remote, and adds a pop of color and texture.

    reviewer image of the velvet green sectional in a living room

    Promising review: “Four-month update: I'm still obsessed with this couch!! The seat cushions are still nice and firm; they stay in place so well with the built in velcro strips. I have four cats and two dogs and this couch is SO easy to clean! Just spot clean with a rag! One of my cats lays on one of the back cushions all the time and I just took the cushion, fluffed for like 10 seconds, and it's good as new! I would buy this couch 100 times over!” Amazon Customer 

    Get it from Amazon for $587.16 (also available in charcoal gray).

    9. A farmhouse mirror made from a repurposed window pane if warm and simple is the best way to describe your aesthetic.

    the reclaimed farmhouse mirror on a mantle
    My Barnwood Frames/Etsy

    My Barnwood Frames is a family-owned small Etsy shop using reclaimed wood to create rustic pieces of decor to warm up your home.

    Promising review: “After searching for the perfect piece for my living room, I came across this mirror. I am so happy I did! It is a high quality, beautifully-made piece.” —Jamie Dilchus 

    Get it from My Barnwood Frames on Etsy for $149.95 (available in two colors).

    10. A nontoxic leather conditioner that'll restore your leather throne to its former glory. Just spread a thin and even layer of conditioner to reveal rejuvenated (and water-repellent) furniture.

    reviewer image of a leather couch with a section dulled and scratched and another section polished and unscratched

    Promising review: "I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I'm not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit, my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need to use a small amount per use!" —David Horning

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes).

    11. An elegantly sculpted ceramic vase for subtly adding sophistication wherever you place it. You and your flowers deserve it.

    the brown ceramic vase with flowers in it

    Promising review: “Lovely matte texture on the surface. I really like it. It's a beautiful vase that arrives as described.” —Gray 

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A set of brass and beech cabinet drawer pulls and knobs to help bring your bathroom cabinets and drawers to the 21st century with their contemporary details. No offense to the rusting knobs you have now that were installed back when sliced bread was invented...

    four beech and brass drawer pulls
    Best Hardware Store / Etsy

    Best Hardware Store is a small business based in China that creates unique knobs, pulls, and handles to help you upgrade your furniture.

    Promising review: "Obsessed with our new knobs and how they look!" —Kathleen

    Get it from Best Hardware Store on Etsy for $1.33+ (available in eight sizes).

    13. A fast-drying white grout pen so your tiles always have a bright backdrop to gleam against.

    reviewer's bathroom tiles showing white grout next to unpainted, brown grout

    Promising review: "These things are awesome! I cleaned my bathroom tile grout first because the lady who lived there before me really let it go. A few places stayed stained and I was worried it wouldn't cover them, but all grout areas are bright white and look new now!" —Donna K Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in a variety of colors).

    14. A balcony bar for a stable, makeshift table to prep for your BBQ or use as additional seating space.

    reviewer image of the balcony bar on a balcony overlooking a lake

    Promising review: “I LOVE this table. It makes for a cool space in evenings when my back deck is completely in sun. Very stable and worth the money.” —Robbin Dutton 

    Get it from Amazon for $269.

    15. A modern waterfall faucet that'll make your bathroom feel like a fancy resort!


    Promising review: "Completely beautiful and modern. It was very easy to install; I did so in a matter of minutes. This was a really nice upgrade to my bathroom." —ca mom

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in five finishes).

    16. A sliding door sideboard buffet to add a rustic storage solution to your dining room.

    The white buffet with a dark wooden sliding door

    Promising review: "I love this little cabinet so much! It looks great, seems to be well-made, and has held up to the door being slid open multiple times a day by small children (which is also why we’ve installed a cabinet lock on left sliding door to keep the littlest of our kids out!). It looks expensive, feels sturdy, and is a perfect size. I couldn’t be happier with this product! I get compliments all the time. It’s definitely a good buy!" —BA

    Get it from Amazon for $138.53+ (available in two colors and two sizes).

    17. A gallery wall kit complete with seven varied frames so you can customize any wall in your home with pictures and artwork hung in an eye-catching array.

    Promising review: "This is awesome! Why isn't everyone including the outline with exactly where to put the nails? It turned out so cute, and my husband loved how easy it was to hang! Just make sure to check you're using the right nail size prior to putting holes in your wall!" —Megan Lingerfelt

    Get it from Amazon for $37.62+ (available in three colors).

    18. A faux-marble surface cover because your laminate countertops have been begging for a glow-up. All you have to do is peel and stick for a glossy, easy-to-clean surface that'll elevate the look of your space.

    Check out our marble adhesive surface cover write-up to learn more about this inexpensive and super-cool product!

    Promising review: "I do not have the money for a new vanity right now. Insert DIY project to cover my ugly pink bathroom vanity with marble contact paper. It looks 100% better and it’s super durable. It’s a little tricky to work with at first and then you get the hang of it. I’m buying more for my half bath! My vanity looks so great that I decided to do the tabletop in my laundry room, and that looks great, too!" —Natalie Evans

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in four sizes).

    19. A set of no-drill curtain rod brackets that were featured on Shark Tank because all you need to hang them is a hammer and curtain. In a matter of seconds you'll have a chic new entryway or window dressing!


    Kwik-Hang is a family-run small business working to make hanging curtains quick and easy. Everything is made in the USA!

    If you've got an extra-long rod in mind (over 60"), they've also got center support brackets!

    Promising review: "I was very please with the results and simple installation. It literally took five seconds total to install on each side! Where have these been all of my life 😂" —Kwik-Hang Customer

    Get a pair from Kwik-Hang for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and in five finishes).

    20. A contemporary gold bar cart with wheels to add a nice ~splash~ to your entryway, living room, dining room, or kitchen. Really, what room couldn't use a little more spirit(s)?!

    two-tiered bar cart with circle frame in gold holding decor in a reviewer's home
    reviewer's cart loaded with wine with Instagram story sticker that says

    Promising review: "This is a great gold bar cart! Reasons why I love it: 1) Great for the price. I spent time looking for a nice cheap bar cart under $200; this was the best for the size and quality (especially in comparison to Wayfair, Ikea, etc.). 2) Large. We wanted something big and two tiered to fit drinks! This one did the job. Most you’ll find are too small or only one layer (lame). 3) I love the aesthetic. Let’s be real, a bar cart is more form than function and this one is beautiful. Love the circle and rectangular shape." —Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $115.82+ (available in six colors).

    21. Peel-and-stick subway tiles that'll make for the best (and most Joanna Gaines-approved) bathroom sink backsplash. Oh, and these bad boys are waterproof and heat-resistant.

    Reviewer's finished bathroom
    Reviewer's bathroom before the tile install
    Reviewer's bathroom during the tile install

    Promising review: "I run a cat rescue and we just built a new building. I use the bathroom sink to bathe cats, and the drywall was getting wet. I didn’t want to spend $300 for someone to install tile, so I found these and these were by far the most realistic. I’m going to use them in the kitchen next!" —Showstopper

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in six colors).

    22. And a set of peel-and-stick tiles to make renovating your bland kitchen a whole lot easier (and cheaper)! These eco-friendly tiles are easy to install, clean, and maintain. HGTV is shaking!,

    Each pack comes with 10 11.8"x11.8" self-adhesive sheets.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this backsplash!! It was easy to install and looks like real tile once it’s on the wall! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to add backsplash to an area of their house while staying on a budget. It will turn out looking great! JUST A NOTE: We used an adhesive spray to to make sure the tile stays in place. Better safe than sorry!" —Anna

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in three styles).

    23. A personalized sign with your last name laser cut into rust-resistant metal that'll celebrate your family in a way that adds warmth to your home.

    reviewer image of Ashmore laser cut into a metal sign mounted on stone

    Each sign is made by in-house artisans operating out of an Indigenous-owned design studio.

    Promising review: “This company is amazing!!! Everything came out beautiful it truly exceeded my expectations. There was an error on my end with the wording. The company responded in a timely manner, patient, and recreated it for me. I love this product and would recommend to everyone!!!” —Ke 

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    24. A lotus pendant lampshade for a room brightener with enough charm to make your room feel like it's got a blossoming character of its own.

    reviewer image of the lotus pendant light hanging from the ceiling

    Several reviewers have use this as a lampshade for standing and desk lamps, too!

    Promising review: "Perfect! I love this lamp shade. I have three of them now and they look amazing. I use color-changing bulbs in them and I get so many compliments, especially when I turn the light bulbs to pastel shades. It looks so beautiful and elegant, that it looks exactly like the $200 version." —Julie Pinto

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A cabinet makeover kit that doesn't require any stripping or priming. Quickly upgrade your kitchen cabinets and enjoy having guests ask you how much you paid for that "renovation."

    Promising review: "Amazing! Amazing! Amazing. Did take more than one coat though. My cabinets were bare wood and I still needed a couple of coats. (Five to be exact, but that was just me being extra.) My kitchen is medium sized, not too big, and it only took up one can. But I still went over a couple more times just to get a nice coating. I also let it sit for some days and saw the wood was sucking up the paint in some areas so I went over it again. The project ideally does take one day like the promotion video says, but one day as in 24 hours. This took my kitchen from looking like a cheap rental apartment kitchen to a high-quality kitchen with just this paint and new knobs. The paint is perfect for cabinets — it's not too thick, so you still see the wood grains. It comes with EVERYTHING you need. I didn't have to buy a thing. The project is super easy, paint dries fast, and I did it at first by removing the cabinets but it wasn't necessary at all. Just make sure you don't leave any dripping because it would make your cabinets look cheap. I would recommend EVERYONE to purchase this and give your cabinets a chance before making a big investment in new cabinets. Wood is wood and it can be refinished." —Brandon Moronta

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (also available in gray, deep brown, mint, and black.

    26. A vibrant, hand-tufted wool rug to add some textured fun to your space! It's perfect as a welcome mat, or as a more dramatic (and cozy) living room piece.

    a small "limits of communication" wool rug on top of a larger one
    Cold Picnic

    Cold Picnic is a Brooklyn-based small textile company dedicated to sustainability. Inspired by landscapes and architecture, Cold Picnic produces pieces that bring the outside world, in.

    Get it from Cold Picnic for $168+ (originally $210+; available in four sizes).

    27. A comfy velvet accent chair providing 360-degree swivel action so you can use it as a desk chair or to watch TV on one side of the room, and you'll still be able turn to another so you can join in on a fun convo.

    reviewer image of two orange velvet accent chairs

    Promising review: "These chairs are very impressive in every way, shape and form. They are very high quality, especially when you consider their price. They are also a very nice mid-size, in contrast to a lot of these types of chairs, and fit in a smaller space. The color is very rich, the fabric is soft, and they are comfortable with good back support. They also swivel well. Highly recommend. Great value!" —Aileen Thomas

    Get it from Amazon for $154.99+ (available in two styles and eight colors).

    28. A rounded glass and rattan coffee table whose boho vintage aesthetic will warm up any space. Who needs coffee table books when the table is enough to stir up conversation?

    the rattan and glass table
    Coming Soon

    Founded by two women in love with the aesthetic and energy of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Coming Soon is a furniture design and gift shop offering the strange and the special.

    Get it from Coming Soon for $950 (originally $1,250).

    29. Chalkboard paint to turn any boring surface into a message board!

    reviewer image of an office wall painted with black chalkboard paint, important dates and memos written in chalk

    Promising review: "We got new garage doors, so I took a panel of our old garage door and made a yard sign with the chalk paint. I prepped the surface very carefully and painted when I had ideal outdoor painting temps. The paint was easy to use and went on smoothly. It's been outside for a month and has lasted pretty well. I think it looks great!" —Jean-Jeannie

    Get it from Amazon for $12.38.

    30. Self-adhesive black wood texture paper that'll turn your outdated cabinets into a contemporary vision.

     a reviewer image of brown cabinets at the top, and the same cabinets with the black paper applied on the bottom

    This wallpaper cutting and smoothing kit will likely help quite a bit!

    Promising review: "I rent, so this was perfect for updating my bathroom cabinets. Looks like real wood, and it was very easy to install." —GiGi

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in six sizes).

    31. A set of magnetic decorative garage door hinges to give them the classic carriage house door treatment.

    A customer review before and after photo showing garage door with and without the hinges

    Promising review: "The only thing I don’t like is that kids think they are real and walk up and try to hang on the handles, which obviously just come right off. I have to admit it’s hysterical; it does teach the kids to quit messing around with things they shouldn’t because they think they break’s downright comical. Other than that, you would never know they are magnetic. They stay on, you can pull them off easily to wash the doors and then just put right back on. Heavy rains and they didn’t come off. It’s -20 degrees outside now, and they're still stuck on with no problems. I got three sets — one double door and one single door, looks perfect." —Rummy3

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three styles/combos).

    32. A pack of four wooden or acrylic leg replacements so you can revamp your couch or dresser, because your aesthetic is constantly changing and your furniture needs to be able to keep up.,

    Promising review (for the square legs): “These make my sofa look and feel amazing! I immediately noticed how much easier it was to get off of the once low-to-the-ground sofa without putting pressure on my knees. And they make my sofa look more elegant!” —Washington DC

    Promising review (for the acrylic legs): "I love these furniture legs. I needed to raise my two chaise lounge chairs that are in my bedroom and I decided on these. Perfect! I love the way the chairs look. I would definitely recommend!" —rosalyn lockett

    Get them from Amazon: the wooden legs for $21.99+ (available in seven sizes) and the acrylic legs for $36.90+ (available in two sizes).

    33. A pack of gray Medina peel-and-stick floor tiles for breathing new life into your home (and covering any preexisting scratches in your hardwood floor that your landlord won't pay to fix). These water-resistant tiles are the perfect blend of polished and practical.

    Promising review: "For under $100 I redid my entire bathroom! We moved into our home two years ago and our small main-floor bathroom had hideous orange mosaic tiles. We want to eventually gut and rehab our bathroom but wanted to give it a cheap facelift. Floorpops made that possible and a very inexpensive option! We used caulk to seal some of the tiny gaps and caulked around the tub and underneath the baseboards for a good seal. The tiles are not moving at all and have adhered OK." —Agnieszka

    Get 10 tiles from Amazon for $16.43.

    34. A geometric bookcase if you're into creating visuals (and storage space) full of fun shapes, angles, and lines.

    the cordoba geometric bookcase

    Promising review: "It looks great! I have gotten several compliments on it. It was kind of a pain to assemble, but I really love it. It's just what I needed." —Lori W 

    Get it from Amazon for $158.06.

    35. Classic premade wall panels to help give your home a little character. These water-resistant additions might just add the dash of elegance you've been looking for.

    reviewer before image of a wall with no wall panels
    the same wall with panels

    Some reviewers used mounting tape in their apartments for a no-damage-to-the-walls installation while others added these panels onto their doors and kitchen islands!

    Promising review: "Moved into an apartment with an ugly old plain front door that has seen better days. Since I cannot replace the door I decided to spruce it up, and these frame pieces are going to do the trick. They can be nailed or glued on, and then I have some colorful paint to cover them and the door...making the door look like it always was an upscale door with panels. I am happy with this purchase." —tj44

    Get a single panel from Amazon starting at $7.32 (available in sets and tons of sizes).

    36. A simultaneously boho chic *and* farmhouse quaint area rug that's simultaneously neutral enough to blend in anywhere *and* bold enough to warrant compliments.

    the godalming area rug
    Boutique Rugs

    Promising review: “I absolutely love this rug! It looks so beautiful in my living room and really ties everything together.” —Amber D. 

    Get it from Boutique Rugs for $34.12+ (available in eight sizes and two colors).

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.