Small Upgrades You Should Spoil Your Home

Your home, like life, is a series of evolutions and special moments. Tackle these mini projects yourself — and sometimes with help!  and you’ll create a space that’s truly your own.

1. Restyle your bookcase. Strip off those garish dust jackets, assemble an arsenal of pretty like-colored objets, and paint the back wall of the shelf a calm or glamazonian hue to make it all pop.

2. Wrap books in shimmery marbleized paper. Available at craft stores, it makes even the fluffiest beach read look smart.

3. Good lighting changes everything. This update doesn’t require an electrician: Mount a plug-in sconce to spotlight a painting or your nighttime reading.

4. Class up cabinets with knobs that wow you. You can swap out the pulls yourself in minutes.

5. Visual mishmash out, big beauty moment in! Take down all the pictures in a room and rehang them as one statement-making gallery wall.

6. Upgrade your shower nozzle. It’s not your water pressure, it’s your showerhead. Switch it out for Waterpik’s Torrent PowerSpray. It feels like a downpour. In the Maldives.

7. Paint the ceiling. A.k.a. the fifth wall. Blue is as calming as the sky, silver reflects light, jewel tones are bravely bold and just might work.

8. Add a little bling. Have your framer gild a lamp, table, or chair in gold leaf (or silver, or copper, or metallic hot pink).

9. Restock your linen closet. If you wouldn’t show your current bath towels and bed linens to your visiting mother-in-law, ditch ’em and start anew. You deserve better.

10. Contain your kitchen. Under-counter swing-out corner storage helps organize a clutter zone ideal for heavy, rarely used pots, or the collection of Tupperware we all inevitably amass. (Hardware Resources)

11. Invest in a great mattress. Something that gets to sleep with you for years should be worthy! Stearns & Foster’s Estate line is cashmere-wrapped for winter warmth and summer cool.

12. Make an opening statement. Buy house numbers with (ahem) character.

13. Find your crowning glory. Hire a contractor to add crown molding, a chair rail, or wainscoting to a room or two  it’s a one day job with artitectural pow.

14. Dress your windows. The Shade Store can install anything from ripple-fold curtains to wood blinds just 10 days after you order.

15. Add tassels and tiebacks. Or glam up what you’ve got with silken accessories  tassels, once a talisman against evil spirits, are timeless and touchable.

16. Paint your muntins black. Or order Marvin Windows and Doors’ powder-coated beauties, which can match any color.

17. When in doubt, go for linen curtains. Restoration Hardware’s Belgian linen is beloved, thanks to sustainably grown flax woven at Belgium’s oldest mill.

18. Switch up your switches. Screw on stylish new switch plates and you’ll lighten your mood every time you enter the room.

19. Revive a dated fireplace. Have the brick painted white, stack birch logs on the firebox floor, and purchase a hot new hearth-tool set.

20. Start fresh with new tableware. The Limoges porcelain set from Snowe includes 16 crisp pieces and will make you say “Ahhh” when you open your cabinet.

Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your Home

1. Give your home some character and add texture to your walls with peel-and-stick wall panels.

2. Or create a charming accent wall with peel-and-stick paper that can be easily removed.

3. Upgrade your countertops to faux granite with a DIY paint kit instead of spending a fortune to replace it.

4. Reseal all those unsightly cracks in your tub and tile with caulking and make your bathroom look new again.

5. Update recess lighting without doing any electrical work with magnetic shades.