Just 50 DIY Home Upgrades That Are Easier Than You Think (Promise)


Add magnetic garage handles and faux windows that’ll bring some serious curb appeal to your home for an EXTREMELY small fraction of the price of getting some carriage-style doors. Seriously, just stick them on like you do magnets on a fridge. We’re starting out very easy here, folks.


Swap out one of those weird long pillows (sorry!) for a ~streamlined~ door draft stopper to keep the temps in your home just as you like them. It’ll just look like a natural part of your door, so other decor design choices (like that cute welcome mat) can shine!


Maxed out your bookshelves? Mount a floating bookshelf as a clever excuse to display your to-read pile.


Stick on a USB-powered LED light strip to help improve your TV-watching experience by bringing in a bit of ambient light to your personal theater.


Invest in a hanging frame helper so you can finally get all your wall art up and make it feel like home without eyeballing it. (You can only lean so many frames prints against the wall as a “look.”)


Or buy a guided gallery wall kit in case you haven’t gone as far as buying frames just yet. It comes with seven frames, a hanging template, hardware, and some pretty black-and-white prints you can use as placeholders ’til you figure out which pics will go in this place of honor.


And hide smaller scratches on your fave furniture with a set of wood repair markers. We love a repair instead of a replacement product!


Or try out a stone-effect spray paint that’ll help transform an extremely ’80s bathroom vanity. It won’t be a 30-minute project, but the price point sure will beat replacing it with a new top.


Try an oil stain remover capable of annihilating that grease stain that you thought made your garage or driveway a goner.

A series of customer review photos showing an oil stain being removed from the sidewalk


String up some (truly easy) under-cabinet lights to bring a modern touch to any outdated cabinets that you wish you could replace. This’ll instantly make your kitchen look *so* expensive.

kitchen with plain white stock cabinets with lights underneath them to make it look so much better


Hang up some fishing rod organizers for your garage door so you can actually park your car in there. Maybe even two! Can’t you just imagine the “before” montage of you walking through the maze of garage sports equipment?

inside of a car garage door with racks that hang fishing poles horizontally without disturbing the use of the garage doors


Try out some concrete paint – it will take a bit of elbow grease to spruce up stained concrete patios or walkways but it’ll make a HUGE difference without tearing up any hard surfaces.


And borrow a little air space above your go-to outlet with an outlet shelf *just* large enough for your electric toothbrush. If you’ve put on a regular outlet cover, you’ve got this!


Kick the blinds to the curb and get some privacy without the cord (it can be dangerous for kids and pets!) by applying a window film that’ll still let in SO much light. I did this to my bathroom window and congratulate myself for it every day.

reviewer's window with holographic geometric frosted covering


Use a bottle of leather conditioner to revive your leather goods *even* as large as a leather couch! Welcome to your next project while you catch up on the latest ep of your fave true-crime podcast!


Remove all sorts of stubborn rings that’ve been staring at you every time you’re in the washroom using a pumice stone toilet bowl cleaner. Nope, you do NOT need a new toilet. Your OG just requires some zhuzhing.


And keep it looking brand-new with a miraculous automatic bleach toilet cleaning system, because Rosey the Robot isn’t available for bathroom cleaning, but this gadget will send cleaner into your bowl with each flush. It’s a start!

A reviewer photo of the installed system, which clips on to the tank and attaches to two of the toilet's internal tubes


Cover up with interlocking teak tiles you don’t need tools to install. That concrete patio slab is older than you, but it doesn’t have to look that way.


Distract from an unsightly lighting chain or cord with an electrical cord cover that’ll look like it’s just part of the decor.

chandelier with exposed chain then the chain covered


Attach a roll of faux ivy to ugly wire fencing or a railing with a view you don’t love. Here’s to a bit more privacy!


Brighten an icky floor with a grout pen so you don’t have to stare at the stained grout and imagine what it used to look like. Grout takes up a teeny bit of space but, as you can see from the pics, makes a huge impact!


If you pine for stainless-steel appliances, you can cop the look with some stainless-steel-effect contact paper to get you the modern look of fresh appliances for chump change.


And transform your white fridge into a “stainless steel” beaut with a painting kit. It’ll for sure be a project. But have you priced out fridges lately?

white fridge as a before and the same fridge painted to look like convincing stainless steel


Use some stove burner covers to help you catch the mess right away on gas stovetops. Or just cover up some chipped or sorry-looking stovetops. (I live in a rental with a white gas stovetop that def has some unsightly chips on it, so I can relate!)


Repair chips, dents, cracks, and other eyesores with a set of 50 wood fillers. Dog scratched up your hardwood floors? NBD.


Mount a broom and mop organizer on a closet wall for a tidy “after” so you won’t worry about an avalanche when you open that door. You know what I’m talking about.

Reviewer's before-and-after of their broom and appliances on the floor, then held up by this organizer


Clean lint out from your dryer after a winter of drying, well, cozy winter clothes with a special brush to keep your dryer’s lint trap clear of debris and make drying cycles/the appliance more effective for longer.

person using long brush to clean out the lint trap in a front-load clothes dryer


Dress up a space that needs a lil’ love with some peel-and-stick wallpaper. Now, it won’t be the easiest of DIYs but it’ll be worth the effortest.


Invest in an indoor-friendly hammock chair (you could also hang up on a covered patio) that’ll give hanging out a new meaning. Add a throw pillow and you’ll never want to leave.

close up of the hammock swings with tassels hanging down from it


Use a standing weeder (without the chemicals!) to help improve your view of your yard. You’re not the only one who has trouble enjoying weed-filled scenery. And hey, while you’re weeding with this there’s no bending over! Your back will thank you.


Clear up some counter space and put your farmer’s market haul on display with a charming fruit hammock you can screw onto the underside of your kitchen cabinets.

kitchen with a fruit hammock hanging down from the bottom of a cabinet


Get a night-light for your bed that’ll make you feel like you’re staying at a fancy hotel as you step around that pile of clothes that fell off “the chair” in the middle of the night.

person on bed with light shining faintly out from underneath it


Tackle that nail polish you dribbled down your nightstand two years ago with a water-mark-removing cloth.


Swap out your gate hardware for substantial handles and latches that’ll make a serious (but practical) style statement.


And if you want a total kitchen transformation, a kitchen cabinet painting kit that requires ZERO stripping or priming *might* make you wonder if you’re in someone else’s house before you’ve had your coffee.

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