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    Updated on Jul. 31, 2020. Posted on Jul. 16, 2020

    23 Deceivingly Easy Ways To Update Your Home If It's Starting To Look A Bit Boring

    Make your home look like a million bucks — without spending a million bucks.

    1. Apply these durable peel-and-stick subway tiles that'll help you update your kitchen without doing costly and time-consuming renovations. The flexible and humidity-resistant tiles work well in bathrooms, too. Plus, reviewers say they're quite easy to reposition if you happen to mess up a little on the first go.

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    The three dimensional embossed design looks virtually indistinguishable from real tile. And reviewers say they're pretty easy to install, too!

    Get a pack of five sheets on Amazon Canada for $32.97+ (available in four colours and two packs).

    2. Swap these hand-painted ceramic knobs for all those old handles. They'll breathe new life into old furniture and add some vintage flair to even the plainest bathroom or kitchen cabinets. That way, you won't have to put in the work of replacing your existing ones!

    A close-up of the hand-painted globular knobs next to some seashells
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    Each piece is unique, and because of their longer posts, can even be used to replace knobs on antique furniture. Consider them your revamping secret weapon!

    Get a set of 20 knobs on Amazon Canada for $43.16+ (available in four colours).

    3. Update your seating situation (without buying a new sofa) with a sofa cover that'll slip right over your existing one. Reviewers love the elasticated bottoms and handy ties that keep this baby in place, so it's great for busy homes.

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    Funky patterns not your thing? No worries! There are plenty of other designs and colours to choose from so you can fully customize the new look of your living space. And if you have oversized furniture, consider sizing up to get the optimal fit!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $35.99+ (available in 42 styles and four sizes).

    4. Give your linens a colourful ~zhuzh~ with this tie-dye kit. It has enough supplies for 36 projects, so you can give your curtains, pillowcases, bedsheets, and everything in between a bright and zany upgrade. With 14 colours to choose from, all you need to do is add a bit of water and get creative.

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    Reviewers advise using materials with high cotton content, as colours may fade on synthetics.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $37.21.

    5. Roll out some of this adhesive wood film to give everything from cabinets to tabletops a fresh new look. The textured film combines the look and feel of real wood with the durability of vinyl — reviewers say it even works on bathroom floors!

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    One reviewer recommends using a hair dryer for the sides and corners to give it a flawless, smooth finish.

    Get a roll on Amazon Canada for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and seven packs).

    6. Ditch harsh overhead lighting and get yourself a floor lamp that'll double as an art piece. The rice paper diffuses light beautifully, so your home will feel cozy and comfy all year round. Plus, its narrow shape means it's awesome for those awkward nooks and crannies.

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    Reviewers say it installs quickly and easily, too. Oh, and make sure you get yourself some lightbulbs, too!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $27+ (available with and without a bulb).

    7. Hang these space-saving wall hooks in crowded entranceways to help eliminate clutter and crowding. This baby takes up zero space, while still giving you a place to hang your hat. Unlike traditional versions, these hooks are retractable so you can flip 'em up when you're not using them — it's perfect for adding a bit of storage to all tight spaces, like bathrooms or smaller bedrooms.

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    According to reviewers, these hooks are not only super versatile but also incredibly sturdy — heavy items like winter jackets or school bags stay put with no issues.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.49+ (available in three sizes and seven colours).

    8. Create more storage space without doing any construction by installing a portable closet. Each cube supports up to 23 pounds of clothing, too, so you can go ahead and put all your stuff in here. And with sections for hanging and folded clothing, there's a spot for just about everything.

    The ten cube closet installed in a room with some doors open to show off its capaciousness
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    Plus, reviewers love that they can configure the cubes however they want!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $69.99+ (available in four sizes).

    9. Easily change the vibe of your bathroom with a plush new set of towels. Reviewers say they're delightfully thick and surprisingly soft, and that they still look great after multiple cycles through the laundry.

    The set of towels neatly hung in a bathroom
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    Get the set of three towels on Amazon Canada for $21.72+ (available in two colours and three packs).

    10. Add a neutral-hued shower curtain like this one to complete your bathroom rejuvenation. Sure, it looks great, but it also repels water, and resists mould and mildew, too!

    The shower curtain hung over a freestanding tub in a minimal bathroom
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    And it even has neat little weights in the bottom, so it'll never flap around while you're JUST TRYING TO GET CLEAN.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.99+ (available in four colours).

    11. Bring a little of the outdoors in with these marbled planters. They're an unusual way to add some interest and colour to small walls where ordinary wall art might not fit. Reviewers say they're perfect for succulents, herbs, or even faux plants.

    Two planters are hung on the wall and filled with verdant faux succulents
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    Get a set of four on Amazon Canada for $32.99+ (available in two sizes and two colours).

    12. Can't hang things on the walls? No problem! Get a set of sleek hanging planters instead. They'll help you keep your plants happy, while freeing up your counters and windowsills. Reviewers love that they're easy to install, and can actually double as an unusual window covering alternative.

    The planters are hung above a window like a curtain and filled with leafy plants
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    Each rope is adjustable both vertically and horizontally, so you can completely customize your look. Plus, they come with all the hardware you'll need to get 'em set up straight away.

    Get the set of three planters on Amazon Canada for $50.97+ (available in two colours).

    13. Give your bedroom a new vibe with some geometric bedsheets. Not only will they help turn your bed into an inviting nest of comfiness, but changing your sheets is honestly the fastest way to transform your rest space. And with corner ties to help keep everything in place, you won't wake up tangled in your blankets if you're an active sleeper.

    A bed dressed with the sheets is artfully messy in a minimalist bedroom
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    The fabric is hypoallergenic, breathable, and fade resistant, too!

    Get the set on Amazon Canada for $54.99+ (available in three sizes and seven styles).

    14. Prop this adjustable floor-length mirror anywhere you need a little extra brightness. It'll help reflect natural light back into your home and make it feel a LOT more spacious. Plus, you'll be able to check out your entire outfit before you leave the house!

    The floor length mirror near an entryway propped next to a shoe rack and wall hook
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    It also does double duty as storage, too! The back rack can be used to hang blankets, clothes, and towels, making it a perfect addition to virtually any room.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $263.

    15. Or hang this round wall-mounted version if finding floor space is actually impossible. Mirrors are an awesome and easy way to trick the eye into thinking your apartment is bigger than it is — even if you're currently living in a shoebox in the sky.

    The round mirror is hung on a narrow wall above an umbrella stand
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    The rubber frame not only adds a contemporary twist to the design, but also doubles as a safety bumper, so you can easily hang this in high-traffic areas. And it comes with all the hardware you need to install it!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $103.99+ (available in three sizes and four colours).

    16. Give your home that coveted exposed brick look with some patterned wallpaper. It's also a quick and easy way to give old bookshelves (or other furniture) some depth. Reviewers say it's virtually indistinguishable from the real thing at a distance!

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    And reviewers love that the peel-and-stick method of application is by far easier than traditional wallpapering.

    Get a roll on Amazon Canada for $49.99.

    17. Install some sleek under-mounted lighting quickly and easily with these flexible LED light strips. The best part is that you can use only what you need — just snip on the marked sections on the strip and you're good to go. And if that wasn't easy enough, the self-adhesive backing makes installation a breeze.

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    Reviewers say they give off zero heat, and actually stay put once installed! The roll doesn't come with an adapter, but you can get one of those here.

    Get a roll of 300 lights on Amazon Canada for $13.99+ (available in two sizes).

    18. Transform your kitchen with a new modern faucet that'll make doing dishes a lot more enjoyable. The single handle easily swaps between a splash-free flow and a powerful spray, so you can fill pots, hose down dirty dishware, and clean food quickly and easily.

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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $99.99+ (available in three colours).

    19. Replace your old light switch and outlet plates with these satin nickel versions. Since they're high traffic areas, these babies can get super dirty, super fast, so replacing them will instantly make your space feel fresh, clean, and (almost) brand new.

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    Get a pack of three on Amazon Canada for $18.17+ (available in three colours and three sizes).

    20. Stow your favourite knickknacks in neat shadow boxes to help keep surfaces decluttered (while still keeping fond memories on display). The unique top-loading feature makes it easy to slip tickets, receipts, and photos in, but go ahead and load them up with other little tchotchkes, if that's more your style.

    The shadow box perched on a sideboard and filled with ticket stubs and photographs
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    Get it on Amazon Canada for $21.25+ (available in three colours).

    21. Restore dingy grout to its former sparkling glory with a grout pen. The rich, vibrant ink will not only give you immediate results, but will also protect against future dark spots and stains. Whether it's the bathroom, kitchen, or even a tiled patio, this handy lil' guy will make your floors look fresh as heck.

    A person applying the grout pen to dingy tile floors
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    Reviewers recommend taking your time with this product to ensure you get perfect results. Think of it like colouring inside the lines — but for adults!

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.

    22. While you're at it, cover up dings, nicks, and scratches on all your wood furniture with this set of markers and waxes. Each set contains colours that match the most commonly-used woods (like maple, oak, and mahogany) that'll make any repairs basically invisible.

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    Get a 13-piece set on Amazon Canada for $21.69+ (available in two sets).

    23. And lastly, take a read through Joanna Gaines' Homebody: A Guide to Creating Space You Never Want to Leave to get inspired for other small (and big) ways to change up your living space. Whether it's redesigning your entryway or just trying to figure out your design style, this handy guide will get you there.

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    Reviewers adore this book, and say it's both visually stunning and wildly helpful. One reviewer said they loved that the book encouraged them to reimagine their home with things they already had (instead of encouraging them to buy more things).

    Get it on Kindle from Amazon Canada for $29.99 (also available in hardcover).

    You're basically an expert at home reno's now.

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