23 Genius Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in an Hour (or Less!)

4. Re-stain your cabinets.

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Those dingy cabinets are doing no favors for your home’s overall aesthetic appeal. If you want to spruce up your space quickly, try re-staining them to bring them back to their original glory. `

“Re-stained cabinets will instantly shift the feeling of your home’s interiors,” says Megan Thompson, owner of Denver-based interior design firm Spark Interiors. Better yet, many of the newer stains on the market “can provide a refreshed tone in those living spaces.”

5. Install under-cabinet lighting.

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Want to make your kitchen more attractive and more functional in one fell swoop? A little under-cabinet lighting is all it takes.

“These are so simple to install and can run off batteries,” explains interior designer Jen Stark, founder of Happy DIY Home. “They will transform the look of the kitchen and make food preparation much easier.”

6. Put a new faucet on your sink.

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If you’re not looking for a major bathroom or kitchen remodel, this one upgrade can completely reinvent a room in no time at all.

“Rather than replace an entire kitchen or bathroom sink, pick a new, modern faucet to give the sink a complete facelift,” suggests DellaValle.

7. Add dimmers to your lights.

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Want to make the most of the lighting you already have at home? Installing a simple dimmer switch can make a major difference in your space’s overall aesthetic.

“Dimmer switches are incredibly easy to install and they have significant influence over the mood in a given room,” says Thompson “If you want to create a cozier environment on a rainy day, just dim the lights a bit and your space will be instantly transformed.”

8. Put in elegant light switch covers.

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Believe it or not, you don’t have to settle for plain old white light switches. With sleek metal or charming printed light switch covers, you can upgrade all of your once-dull panels in mere seconds!

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