If Your Home Is Outdated, You’ll Love These Cheap Things That Make Your Place Look SO Much Better

Kennith Bogan

You may despair at the state of your home thinking there’s no room in the budget for all the things you’d like to do to give it (and you) that fresh lease on life. Maybe those “well-loved” pieces of furniture you’ve been dragging from place to place could use some TLC, or the grout in the shower is looking worse for wear — or perhaps you’re just craving some fresh decor. Well, check that despair at the front door because if your home is outdated, you’ll love these cheap things that make your place look SO much better.

For any room, there are tons of options to reinvigorate your space. For example, some gorgeous linen curtains or trendy globe wall sconces might be all you need to create an updated feel. Change it up with peel-and-stick wallpaper that can be removed and changed out at will or apply a coat of chalk-style paint to tired furniture, completely reinventing it in the process.

Whatever you’re craving to change at home, this list is guaranteed to offer tons of solutions you may not have even thought of — and all at a reasonable price point.

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These Puck Lights To Easily Update Your Kitchen With Under-Cabinet Lighting

Add under-cabinet lighting without doing any electrical work thanks to a set of these battery-operated puck lights. You can easily install the puck lights in your kitchen or closet using the included heavy duty tape or screws. The lights are dimmable and come with a wireless remote that allows you to adjust their brightness level and set an auto-off timer. With over 23,000 five-star reviews, they’re a huge shopper favorite and a great way to update your home for under $35.


A Cooling Bamboo Duvet Cover Set For A Hotel-Style Bedroom Makeover

Give your bedroom a hotel-style makeover with this 1,600-thread count bamboo duvet set. The moisture-wicking bamboo viscose is tear- and fade-resistant, and it’ll keep you cool even on the hottest of summer nights. The set includes a duvet cover with corner ties so your comforter always stays in place, as well as pillow shams. It’s available in nine colors and six sizes.


This Plush Four-Piece Bed Sheet Set That Resists Wrinkles & Stains

Replace your old sheets with this super-soft and silky sheet set. It’s made from a blend of bamboo-derived rayon and microfiber for a plush feel, and it resists stains, wrinkles, and fading. It includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillow cases. Choose from five sizes and 12 color options.


These Sheer Linen Curtain Panels With More Than 11,000 5-Star Reviews

Update your windows with these light and breezy sheer linen curtain panels. Custom window treatments will cost you an arm and a leg, while these are available in six lengths and 13 colors, and only cost $30 for the pair. The open weave flax linen gives them a sophisticated feel and they’re easy to clean — simply throw them in the washer and dryer and iron out any wrinkles if needed.


A Sleek Locking Mailbox That Can Hold Plenty Of Mail

Add a contemporary touch to your front door with this weatherproof locking stainless steel mailbox. The top part is spacious enough to hold magazines and large envelopes while the bottom compartment is designed to hold newspapers. The mailbox comes with two keys and the top locks for extra security, so you don’t need to worry about mail being stolen if you’re out of town for a couple days.


These Floating House Numbers For An Instant Front Door Update

Get rid of those 90s-style brass house numbers and replace them with these floating ones for an instant front door update. The numbers are made from heavy duty stainless steel and designed to be weatherproof. They can either be flush-mounted or floating, and the matte black finish feel fresh. Arrange them horizontally, vertically or diagonally.


This Peel-&-Stick Tile Backsplash That Requires No Messy Grouting

To install this tile backsplash, do exactly as the name suggests — just peel the backing and stick it on the wall. No messy grout, no need to hire a contractor. It comes in a set of 10 sheets that cover just over eight square feet. They’re waterproof so you can clean the backsplash as you would regular tile. There are six colors available, from white subway tile for a classic look to a light teal for a fun pop of color.


These Wall-Mounted Cube Shelves That Add Style & Storage

Gain extra shelf space and add dimension to your walls with this three-piece cube shelf set. The floating shelves range from 5- to 9-inch cubes and come with mounting hardware for easy installation. Use them to hold spices in the kitchen, perfume and skincare items in the bathroom, or LEGO creations in a kid space.


A Memory Foam Bath Mat That’s Super Absorbent & Quick-Drying

For a comfy place to stand while you brush your teeth, get this memory foam bath mat. It has 3/4-inch plush cushioning for maximum comfort and is highly absorbent and dries in minutes. It also has a nonslip base that’s lined with PVC dots to prevent slipping and comes in multiple sizes and colors to fit your bathroom size and style. With over 41,000 five-star ratings, it’s a sure thing.


This Stain-Resistant Rug With A Subtle Ombre Design

This area rug will instantly add updated style and function with its subtle ombre design and non-shedding material. It comes in over 40 different sizes and shapes, such as round or square, on top of 13 gorgeous colors to suit any space. Best of all, it won’t shed and is stain-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about daily life and high foot traffic taking its toll. For $50, this 4-by-6-foot pick is a steal.


A Globe Wall Sconce With Midcentury Modern Vibes

Give your bathroom, bedroom, or living room wall a seriously chic upgrade with this wall sconce light. It brings a decidedly midcentury modern look and comes available in several finishes such as black or gold. Easily adjust it to face up or down and, as an added perk, it’s even compatible with dimmer switches.


This Water Bottle Organizer That Saves Valuable Cabinet Or Fridge Space

No more reaching into the cabinet or fridge for that haphazardly-placed water bottle or beverage. This water bottle organizer keeps everything neatly stored and easily accessible. It’s made of shatter-resistant plastic and can fit three reusable water bottles or other beverages such as sports drinks. Stack one on top of the other for even more storage.


A $60 Smart Thermostat That Works With Amazon’s Alexa

This smart thermostat connects with Amazon’s Alexa to give you full remote control and help you save money on energy bills. Reviewers report it takes about 10 minutes to install and set up, and you’ll love the sleek look of it on your wall.


These Sleek Cabinet Pulls That Come In Elegant Stainless Steel

Instantly modernize your space by changing out existing hardware for these sleek cabinet pulls made of stainless steel. They come available in three finishes (matte black, brushed brass, and satin nickel) with each pull handle measuring a comfortable 5 inches. They install in a pinch and give your kitchen an updated look that works for anything from ultra-modern to farmhouse chic.


An LED Strip Light That Provides An Improved TV Watching Experience

Not all of us may have the luxury of a home theater, so opt for this LED strip light, which attaches to the back of your TV for an improved viewing experience. It’s powered via the USB on your TV and attaches with adhesive to the perimeter, providing a bright backlight. It results in bigger contrast and more vivid colors that can help reduce eye strain. Choose from many size options designed to fit any TV.


This Pair Of Vintage-Looking Planters With A Hobnail Pattern — For Under $30

A little decor can go a long way, and that’s just what these charming hobnail-patterned planters accomplish. They have a vintage aesthetic and come in six different colors (such as shiny pink, teal, or orange-yellow) sure to add visual interest to any home. Two ceramic pots come with each purchase, one larger and one smaller, and each feature a drainage hole at the bottom for healthy plant maintenance.


A Cable Management Box That Eliminates The Visual Clutter

Not only does this cable management box contain your power strips and cords, but its chic, minimalist look inspires you to not keep it hidden. It can fit power strips and has plenty of outlet holes for larger or smaller cables. Additionally, the lid can keep pets and kids out.


This Cable Concealer That Hides Unsightly Cords

You’ll be shocked at how this simple cable concealer can bring order to walls that were once an unsightly mess. Cut it to your desired dimensions and use the provided adhesive to stick it wherever you need. You’re provided with all the connectors you might want to make your way around corners and the concealer can even be sanded down and painted to match the color of your walls for ultimate camouflage.


A Rustic Tablecloth With Charming Fringe Details

Transform your everyday table into a chic dream with this farmhouse-style tablecloth, complete with lovely tassel details. It’s made of a blend of cotton and linen and promises to be wrinkle-proof, stain-resistant, and fade-resistant. It features beautiful stitching and comes available in two different patterns, both in a shade of elegant gray. Choose between five size options.


This Lazy Susan Turntable To Bring Order To Chaotic Cupboards

Opening those cupboards and cabinets will be a pleasure with the help of this lazy Susan turntable. No more searching endlessly for that one spice or condiment as this 12-inch turntable can contain and easily display what you have on hand. The removable dividers allow you to create up to four separate compartments and stainless steel ball bearings keep the 360-degree rotation steady and smooth.


A Set Of Sturdy Cabinet Knobs Made Of Solid Metal

If your cabinet hardware is looking worse for wear, opt for these solid metal cabinet knobs that will immediately give your kitchen a pulled-together look. They’re made of solid zinc alloy that resists corrosion, rust, and all-over wear and tear. Choose from several different sizes and shapes in either matte black or gold with each pack coming with 10 knobs.


These Furniture Risers Designed To Keep Wheels In Place

These furniture risers are made with a special V-shaped design made to fit castor wheels and keep them securely in place. They’re perfect if you have a bed frame with wheels that you’d love to raise up a bit, whether that be for comfort or for fitting extra storage containers under the bed. They’re fully stackable if you desire more height, and each riser comes with a rubber base to protect hardwood floors while supporting over 8,000 pounds per leg.


A Bamboo Drawer Organizer That Expands To Fit All Utensils

This bamboo drawer organizer fits most standard drawers with the largest size expanding to give you nine compartments for ultimate organization. The material is water-resistant and can be wiped down quickly with a cloth to keep it in clean shape. Use it to store anything from silverware to kitchen utensils to bathroom supplies to arts and crafts. It’ll instantly make your drawers look so much better.


This Glossy Marble Wallpaper That Gives You Chic For Cheap

Apply this marble wallpaper to any surface from dressers to desktops to counters to side tables for a look that says très chic. It comes in a realistic-looking white and gray pattern with a glossy finish and can be cut for a custom fit. Just peel off the adhesive backing to apply, and voilà, people will be impressed with what seems like a major home reno overnight.


A Bathtub Tray With A Tablet & Wine Glass Holder

Take the relaxation of a regular bath and upgrade it by about 10 times when you use this bathtub tray that includes special holders for both your tablet and wine glass. It fits most standard bathtubs but can expand to 43 inches across to fit the widest of tubs. It’s made of water-resistant bamboo that looks chic, too.


These Smart Plugs That Work With Both Alexa & Google Home

Plug in any and all electronics to these genius smart outlets, and you’ll have complete remote control via your Alexa or Google Home app. From your smartphone, you can set timers and schedules, turn on or off any appliances, set Christmas lights, and even set pre-designed scenes, all with the touch of a button or the sound of your voice. If you’re planning a vacation you can even set an away mode that will keep your home as lit as you like while you spend time on the beach.


A Set Of Glass Food Storage Containers That Look Amazing On The Countertop

Turn lentil and pasta storage into a thing of beauty by using these gorgeous glass food storage canisters. They come in five different sizes to suit a variety of contents and are made of sturdy high-borosilicate glass. The minimalist bamboo wooden lids feature a silicone sealant ring to keep food fresh and the canisters’ wide mouth makes them easy to fill and clean.


This Chalk Paint To Quickly Upgrade Your Furniture’s Look

Give that old dresser a quick makeover using this chalk style paint. It comes combined with both a primer and top coat, and it can be applied to a variety of surfaces such as wood, glass, laminate, and metal. The formula is non-toxic and eco-friendly, and the paint dries to a beautiful matte finish within a mere 30 minutes. Choose from tons of gorgeous shades, such as the rustic forest green pictured above.


A Set Of New Wall Plates For A Clean Look

You may never have given your outlet covers a second glance until one day you finally notice how discolored and worn they are from years of hands flipping the switch. Replace them with these modern wall plates which will instantly give your home a fresh and polished look. Each pack comes with 10 covers made from polycarbonate thermoplastic designed to last, and screws are provided for easy installation.


These Transparent Storage Bins That Are Also Stackable

Give your pantry a serious upgrade with these clear storage bins that are conveniently stackable. They’re made of shatter-resistant and BPA-free plastic with handles on either side for easy portability. You can also use them in the fridge, the bathroom, or even the office to keep your belongings neat and tidy.


A Grout Pen To Recolor & Brighten Up Tile Work For Less Than $15

If you’ve scrubbed your grout to no end but it’s still looking discolored, turn to this grout pen for a quick and easy brightening makeover. Prime the dry tip by pumping a few times to get the paint flowing, then apply to the grout, then watch as your tile work looks fresher than ever. The pen comes in two sizes, a narrow or wide tip, with each using a water-based and non-toxic formula.


This Shower Head That Mimics High-Pressured Rain

A great way to add something special to your everyday life is to use this shower head that provides you with a monsoon-like tropical experience of high-pressure rain. It comes in seven finishes to match your existing bathroom and installs in five minutes. It’s a cinch to maintain, reviewers report.


A Round Wall Mirror With A Stylish Black Metal Frame

Upgrade any room by making it feel larger than it really is by mounting this round wall mirror that will be sure to complement lots of existing decor. It has a simple but stylish black metal frame and a high-clarity mirror that will bounce light as well as give the illusion of larger interiors. It measures 18 inches across and all hardware is included for installation.


These Magnetic Garage Door Panels That Look Like Windows000

Cleverly add delightful design touches to your existing garage door by applying these magnetic panels that resemble fake windows. Simply cut the panels to size if needed and attach to the door. You’ll be surprised that even at a short distance they will look like real windows. You won’t need any tools or drilled holes, and you’ll feel like you have a brand new garage door, at a fraction of the price.


These String Lights That Use Vintage-Style Edison Bulbs

If you’re blessed with a backyard area, deck, or patio, then these string lights will offer the perfect upgrade for a charming ambiance. They come with vintage-style Edison bulbs for a festive look and are heavy-duty enough to be left up despite all kinds of weather. They come available with a white, orange, or black cord and can be connected to a dimmer switch for adjustable brightness control.


A Tile Stencil For Creative Wall Or Furniture Decoration

This geometric tile stencil, which comes in a pack of four, allows you to take that boring side table or empty wall and create a whole new look. The 12-by-12 inches stencil is made of sturdy and stable material and can even be cleaned so as to be reused many times over. You can also totally makeover your floor tiles. Choose from five different patterns including a mandala, flower, or modern style.


This Graphic Wallpaper That’s Totally Adjustable & Removable

Skip the hassle and permanence of using traditional wallpaper. This peel-and-stick wallpaper goes up fast and removes easily, so you can change your mind at will, updating your walls with new patterns as your taste changes. This black and white herringbone design adds a touch of modern flair while the hand-drawn look of the lines brings charm. It’s perfect for any accent wall or backsplash in need of a makeover.


A Shower Curtain With A Luxe Hotel-Style Waffle Weave

An easy and affordable way to refresh your bathroom is to add this luxurious-looking hotel-style shower curtain with a waffle weave. It comes in 10 shades, such as classic white, sage green, or cream, and is made of sturdy polyester with rust-resistant metal grommets. The material is water-repellent and it’s machine-washable.


This Entry Door Mat With A Welcoming Message

When it comes to updating your home, the very first place you can start is right at the front door. This elegant door mat is made of durable coconut coir fiber and welcomes you home with a sweet message. The material is water-resistant and rugged, only requiring a very simple shaking out or quick vacuuming to maintain. Use it indoors or outdoors to keep your floors dust and dirt-free.


A Popular Sofa Slipcover Made With Stretchy Spandex

Though a new sofa may not be in the budget, you can still give your upholstery an upgrade by using this stretch sofa slipcover. It’s made of polyester with a high dose of spandex for a snug fit and can be tossed in the washing machine whenever needed for a quick clean. With a choice of over 30 different colors and five-star reviews numbering over 48,000, this slipcover is obviously a winner for an easy home update.

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