21 Under-$25 Home Upgrades That Are Actually Easy

21 Under-$25 Home Upgrades That Are Actually Easy

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1.

Give your garage doors a dose of instant character and detail with a set of carriage-style magnets that take only seconds to attach and arrange so they look just right.


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Promising review: “If you’re looking for instant curb appeal with little effort, you need to get these. These haven’t moved in large rain storms or excessive wind and hopefully won’t rust out like the more expensive drilled sets like my neighbors have since there are no exposed screws or hardware.” —SG

(They won’t rust out at all because they’re made of a super durable UV- and weather-resistant plastic.)

Get them on Amazon for $11.68.

2.

Freshen up your living room in a single step: stuff those throw pillows you’re not in love with anymore into a new set of covers.


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Promising review: “I enjoy switching out the living room throw pillows with the seasons/holidays. These pillow covers were even better than I had hoped, vibrant colors and soft durable fabric. I love that they complement each other while being four different patterns. Even though they are light in color, they were thick enough to cover the ugly red and orange pumpkin pillows underneath. I would definitely recommend them.” —J. Nordstrom

Get this set of four 18″x18″ covers (which you can def use on 20″x20″ pillows, too) on Amazon for $15.99 (19 colors available).

Of course, depending on your decor preferences, Amazon has dozens of under-$25 throw pillow sets available (velvet, fuzzy plush, geometric patterns…) — I bet you can find something you’d love!

3.

Spend two hours one afternoon making over your kitchen with a peel-and-stick tile backsplash that’ll be easy to wipe clean when your baking gets a little messy.


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They’re basically a sheet of raised plastic tiles that look so similar to glass you’d pretty much have to touch them to know. You can also totally use them in the bathroom, too! One reviewer decorated an accent strip in the shower and framed their mirror.

Promising review: These tiles transformed my kitchen. I used four packages during application, and will be purchasing one more to finish. They are a little hard to apply, but I also did use an adhesive spray along with these to make sure they stuck completely. To be honest, they are REALLY sticky so you don’t even have to use the spray, I ended up ripping one of my tiles in half accidentally trying to reposition it. TIPS: go slow, make a grid on your wall and cut everything ahead of time, it makes things go so much faster. Also, use a ruler and an Exacto knife to make sure you are getting precise/straight cuts. Overall, neat product!” —clabean

Get a pack of six 10″x10″ sheets for $16.98+ (available in six colors) and an X-Acto knife for $7.57 on Amazon.

4.

If you don’t love the ones you have right now, swap out your cabinet and drawer pulls. Find ones that are the same length (and use the same holes) as the ones you have already so you can simply change ’em out, no drilling required.


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If you’re a renter you can definitely change them back before you move.

Get the set of 10 bar-shaped pulls for $15.99 (available in four colors) or the set of 10 bin cup pulls for $16.99 (available in five colors and three styles), both on Amazon.

5.

Transform your outdated (but still perfectly functional) appliances in one weekend with a three-step stainless steel paint kit.


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The kit contains four different coats, which you let dry for at least an hour each — though some reviewers let each dry overnight.

Promising review: “I took the light coats recommendation too literally and ended up doing eight very, very light coats. I probably should have done about four coats a little thicker as I can still see some streaking — but nothing anyone else is likely to notice, even though it stands out to me. My black dishwasher is plastic, so I did a light sanding (400 paper), and then a single coat of plastic primer, eight very thin (too thin) coats of the base coat and three coats of the top coat. In retrospect, I should have done the coats a bit heavier and would have been done two days sooner! In the end, I’m very pleased with the product, ease of use and finished result.” —JJ in MD

Get it on Amazon for $24.95.

6.

Build a simple wood frame and stretch a shower curtain or table cloth you love over it for a statement-size piece of wall art.

7.

Hang those pendant lights you’ve always dreamed of, no electrician required: just pick up a couple conversion kits for your builder-grade can lights.


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Promising review: “This was a pretty easy installation considering the work is on the ceiling. I’ve been wanting to change out the two can lights over my sink for years, so I started investigating the easiest possible way to do so. Ran across this item, and watched the video on YouTube. What the heck, I thought! Rewatched the video before installation, looked at the directions on both the converter kit and the pendant light, gathered the necessary tools described in all instructions, and set upon my mission. The hardest part (for me) was getting the self tapping screws started. I’m pretty pleased with the outcome, I must say! By the way, I’m a 55-year-old who has worked at a bank all of my life. Yes! It was that easy.” —Trisch Reeve

Get the kits on Amazon for $17.57 each.

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Or opt for a pendant lamp, which couldn’t be simpler — all you have to do is hang it up and plug it into any regular outlet for that rustic bedside glow.


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Get this metal-cage lamp from Amazon for $19.99 — it even comes with that pretty Edison bulb! Or if those sell out, get a very similar one from Amazon for $16.99.

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Erase old water stains from your antique furniture so it looks nearly brand-new again with the help of a miracle wood finish restorer.


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While restoring a finish isn’t quite the same as completely refinishing a piece, it take much less time and can still make furniture (and floors, front doors, and kitchen cabinets) look magically new again.

Promising review: “Very easy to get results. I applied to eight dining room chairs which had scrapes, scuffs and white paint marks. An amazing transformation so quickly. I finished eight chairs in 90 minutes without rushing. I bought two pints but only one was necessary. I used a cotton cloth for most of the application but also used 0000 steel wool for the scrapes and paint removal.” —Grumpy Neanderthal

Get it on Amazon for $8.79 (nine wood finish colors available); many reviewers follow up with the same brand’s wood polish and conditioner, which you can get for $8.48 on Amazon.

10.

Dress up a blank wall in your kitchen (and tbh any room) with a wood-framed tea towel you can switch out with the seasons — or just your mood.


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From the geniuses at Apartment Therapy.

Get a similar wood wall hanger from Amazon for $11.29+ (available in two colors and four sizes).

11.

Instantly double up your shoe storage space with a set of organizers that neatly stack the left shoe on top of the right, without making any pair too difficult to find.


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Which means you might even remember to wear that favorite pair you just rediscovered in the back corner of your closet!

Promising review: “Does exactly what it says. In about two minutes my closet looked MUCH better and had more room.” —Roy B.

Get a pack of six on Amazon for $16.98.

12.

Ditch your ancient shower head for a luxe dual-spray version with a handheld sprayer — it’ll make cleaning everything (your dog, the tub, and yourself) so much easier, and installation couldn’t be simpler.


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I know it feels intimidating to swap out a shower head yourself, but I promise once you do it, you’ll wonder why you were so nervous! Apartment Therapy explains how it’s done, and this Amazon review has a great step-by-step for this particular shower head. (Renters: save your old shower head to re-install before you move.)

Promising review: “This is a great shower head set. Both heads allow you to easily change the water setting, and a distinct click lets you know when you’re right on that setting’s maximum flow. The exterior of the shower head combo is a nice shiny chrome, and it definitely provides a luxury feel. The hose is lightweight and very high quality. I haven’t had any problems with water leaking from either shower head or from the hose. For the price of this shower head, you can’t beat it.” —Nathan

Get it on Amazon for $24.99.

13.

Toss an ultra soft fuzzy throw over basically any piece of furniture to make it an inviting spot to curl up and read.


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Of course, it’s machine wash-and-dry.

Get it on Amazon for $19.99 (available in five colors and two sizes).

14.

Exchange your yellowing, cracked, or otherwise blah switch- and outlet-plates for new shiny gold covers to give every room a dramatically better look with almost zero effort required.


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This is a change that takes only a few minutes: unscrew the old, and screw on the new!

Promising review: “I’ve ordered these before and they are a very good product. Good quality and they look good too. My only negative is that they are a little smaller in length and width than the plastic ones found in most homes (standard) so if the hole was cut just a little too large, you may be able to see the opening when using these covers.” —Alan

Get these from Amazon for $13.45+ (available in five finishes; also available for other switch panels and for plugs; see their full selection on Amazon).

15.

Banish all the stubborn carpet and upholstery stains you’ve left for too long with a spray cleaner basically guaranteed to make your jaw drop the moment you see the “after.”


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Promising review: “So my dog got into my makeup bag and got ahold of some liquid lipstick and needless to say I flipped out to see my carpets neon orange. Holy moly! WOW did this stuff work! My mother recommended it to me after using it on minor stains at her house and so glad I got it. Definitely worth the money and it really does disappear right before your eyes like the bottle says!” —jen

Get it on Amazon for $12.19.

16.

Hide eyesores like breaker boxes by screwing hinges to one side of a canvas or large poster frame, so you don’t have to look at it all the time, but can still actually access it whenever you need.

17.

Replace the blah-looking house number next to your front door with a modern option for a quick curb-appeal boost.


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Go Home Numbers on Etsy offers multiple font options an heights, or get any one of the pictured six-inch “modern” numbers for $7.50+ each.

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Breathe new life into a scratched laminate-wood table in two steps: covering some of it with marble contact paper, and painting the rest to coordinate.


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Promising review: “I used this marble contact paper as part of a makeover on two Ikea dressers. I was hopeful yet skeptical, so I was thrilled at the quality and the results! It looks amazingly real! Everyone who sees it has thought that it was real – I only know this because I proudly announce, “DUDEEEEEEE THIS IS CONTACT PAPER!” to anyone that sees them, whether they care to know or not. For the price, it’s a seriously awesome product for small projects.” —Blair T.

Get a roll on Amazon for $12.99.

19.

Magically conjure new storage and display space wherever you need it most with a basket shelf or two.


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Promising review: “For the price and the look I think it’s a good buy. It’s easy to install — has simple set up to screw into the wall and know that its secure. Looks great, blends with almost everything. This could be used literally anywhere, bathroom, kitchen, laundry, bedroom above your night stand, as organization throughout the house, endless possibilities. These look great and can hold enough without having to tear up your wall w a shelf or extra mounting hardware. As it stands, it’s a good price and made of great quality.” —Lauren A

Get one on Amazon for $13.23.

20.

Apply some rainbow or frosted film to the windows where you need just a little bit more privacy, but don’t want to block out the light.


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Promising review (for the rainbow film): “My kitchen window is on the sidewalk near the community mailboxes. Lots of people walking by. I loathe mini blinds which collect dust and grease. Especially since the stove is next to the window. Curtains are better, but still collect cooking smells and grease particles. I installed this in about ten minutes. It lets in light, but hides me from nosy people.” —Gayle Smith

Get them both on Amazon: the rainbow film’s $16.59 for about 12 square feet, and the frosted film’s $9.99 for about 10 square feet.

21.

Create a beautiful gallery wall with very little effort thanks to a ready-to-hang frame set — it even comes with three different full-size templates to help you put the nails in all the right places.


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You just have to add the photos! (Oh, and multiple reviewers say they’re definitely light enough to hang with Command Picture Hanging Strips, if that’s more your style.)

Promising review: “I love this set! It was delivered quickly, all of the frames and glass came in perfect condition. My favorite part of the entire thing was the guide it came with. After putting the pictures in the frames, I hung the guide, made sure it was level and drilled the holes right into the paper. Everything came out level, the frames and pictures look great. Definitely happy with this purchase.” —Cristina C Sanchez

Get it on Amazon for $39.99+ (about $5.70 per frame; available with three frame colors).

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

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