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13 Simple But Satisfying DIY Products

Originally contributed by • last updated 4/1/2021

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Any home renovation can be stressful on both your sanity and wallet. So when it comes to updating your home, DIY projects that can be completed over a few days tend to be much more appealing than a total gut job. But that's not to say that DIYs are always a walk in the park. Even a simple home project is likely to come with a few bumps in the road. And it's for this reason that we've gathered 13 of the best products that promise to make DIYing your home smooth sailing. 


Peel and Stick Backsplash

Shell Peel & Stick Backsplash
Wall Pops

Want to give your kitchen an update without the hassle of an entire reno? Consider a peel and stick backsplash for your next DIY home project, like these seafoam shell panels by Wall Pops. The peelable tiles measure 10 inches by 10 inches and are sold in packs of four for $21.60. And the best part, most peel and stick tiles can be applied to existing backsplash with very little prep required, meaning the project can be completed over a weekend!


Paint your Own Wallpaper Using a Wall Stencil

Wallpapering your home can be a huge commitment to both your walls and bank account. While peel and stick wallpaper is often a cheaper alternative to pasting walls, it can still be quite a pain to apply. Fortunately, another alternative exists — paint and stencils. Using a wall stencil, you'll be able to create a feature wall that looks just as good as wallpaper, if not better! Etsy offers a variety of wall stencils, much like this herringbone pattern by Stencil It, which you can get your hands on for $44.


Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit

Rust-Oleum White Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit
The Home Depot

Gutting your entire bathroom requires a whole lot of time and cash, both of which, sometimes you just don't have. But that doesn't mean you still can't give your washroom an inexpensive and less time-consuming facelift. This can start with the biggest element of your lavatory — the bathtub. Using a tub and tile refinishing kit, such as the three-step system by Rust-Oleum, is an easy way to update your bathing space. The kit retails for $24 at The Home Depot.


Update your Sofa with a Slipcover

Elastic Textured Sofa Slipcover

If you're bored of your current couch situation but don't want to invest in a new sectional, a slipcover offers a nifty solution. The cover simply fits right overtop of your existing sofa for a completely transformed look at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new lounging sets. This dark cyan slipcover is purchasable on Wayfair for $67 and comes in 23 other colors.


Google Smart Light Starter Kit

Bringing the lighting in your home to the 21st just got a whole lot simpler with a Google Smart Light Starter Kit. With just your voice, you'll be able to turn the lights in your home on and off remotely. Sounds pretty amazing, right? You can pick up one of these clever kits for at Home Depot.


Give your Exposed Bricks a Face Lift

Giani Brick Transformations Kit
The Home Depot

If your fireplace is in dire need of an update, this fireplace transformation kit by Giani, which whitewashes exposed bricks in a one-step process, offers an affordable solution. The set covers 100 square feet and retails at The Home Depot for $40.


Tech Tool Kit for all your Gadgets

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

With the number of devices we accumulate over the years, it's almost a no brainer as to why everyone needs a tech tool kit in their homes. The iFixit repair set comes with 87 different pieces — including a kit of 64 screwdriver bits — that can help you mend all your current and future gadgets. Want this kit in your life? You can purchase the set on Amazon for $70. 


Furniture Repair Wood Markers

Katzco Furniture Repair Kit Wood Markers

Here's another kit everyone should have in their homes. A furniture repair wood marker set that comes with six markers, six wax crayons, and a sharpener can be a lifesaver when it comes to disguising knicks, scratches, and discoloration in your wooden furniture. The marker kit comes in six standard colors (black, walnut, mahogany, maple, cherry, and oak) and retails for $10 on Amazon.


Macrame Plant Hanger Kit

DIYing your plant pals a new home can be an easy project you craft over the weekend with this macrame plant hanger kit. The boho hanging planter set comes with everything you'll need for the project, including macrame cord, driftwood, and detailed instructions. Want one of these bad boys for your greenery? You can buy a kit for $30 on Etsy.


Upgrade your Kitchen Countertop

Giani White Diamond Countertop Paint Kit

Achieving the look of granite with paint is, without a doubt, a cheaper alternative to replacing a kitchen countertop. Sure, replicating granite with paint might seem to be a recipe for disaster. But that's where the Giani Countertop Paint Kit comes in. The set, which sells for $80 on Amazon, includes everything you'll need to attain the lavish look of granite minus the high-end price. The water-based acrylic paint is safe to use on laminate, ceramic tile, butcher block, marble, and many other surfaces. It's so simple yet so versatile!


 Breathe New Life into your Furniture with Chalk Paint

Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint
The Home Depot

Never underestimate the power a single coat of paint can have on revamping the furniture in your home. With chalk paint, much like Rust-Oleum's Chalked, you'll be able to refurbish everything in your home — from bedside tables all the way to kitchen cabinets. A pack of two 32-ounce cans of Chalked paint retails at The Home Depot for $36.


Update your Hardware


Once you've given your cabinets a fresh coat of paint, installing new hardware is yet another step towards completely transforming the entire unit on a budget. But if you'd prefer to skip the painting step altogether, simply updating your handles alone can make a huge difference. Etsy carries a wide range of hardware at reasonable prices. This collection of gold handles by Hooks Knobs Hardware is sold by the piece, with the smallest knob starting at $8.


 LED Strip Lights

Release your inner TikToker with these trendy LED strip lights, which boomed in popularity on the social media app. The LED strips are super easy to install, offer 16 changing colors for every mood, and can be controlled remotely. If you're looking to add that je ne sais quoi to any room of your home, LED lights are the perfect statement piece. Amazon sells a roll of 150 lights, which measure 16.4 feet, for $14.