Whether we live in an apartment or a house, we all want to upgrade some aspect of our homes at one time or another. Often we don’t ever upgrade because we aren’t permitted to, don’t have enough money, or don’t have enough time.

Although there isn’t much you can do about renting a house or apartment that won’t let you upgrade your dwelling, you can avoid the money problem by doing the upgrading yourself and finding inexpensive ways to get the look you want. Whether you’re looking for small upgrades or more dramatic ones, this is the list for you. If you are stuck in an apartment, you might even find something you can do that your landlord will allow.


Upgrade a wall-mounted mirror by add tiles as a decorative border.


Fake Stone Counter Tops

All you need is a few coats of this to make your counter tops look like stone ones.


Glass Shelving

Installing glass shelving anywhere is easy. Check it out.


Designer Vents

Sheet metal can upgrade your vents into something visually appealing.



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An easy home upgrade is just painting your walls. Make an accent wall or refresh the whole room.


Closet Upgrade

Use hooks instead of bars in your coat closet.

Balcony Bar

Add a bar to your balcony with this simple hack.



Repaint your old moldings after you caulk them to make them look brand new.


Door Upgrade


Use molding to create paneled doors.


Roman Shades

Do-it-yourself roman shades will help upgrade any room.