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

9. Install a new light fixture.

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Light fixtures might be a necessity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with them. Virtually every home goods store sells myriad fixtures for every interior design style imaginable, so don’t be afraid to invest in a chandelier or bamboo pendant that’s more up your alley.

“You’d be surprised at how much a new light fixture can change the atmosphere of a room,” says Thompson. “All you need to do is turn off the power at the breaker box, then disconnect and reconnect the wires to the new light fixture,” she explains.

10. Add solar lights to your garden.

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Not loving the look those waterlogged string lights? “Get rid of extension cables and add a nice ambiance to outdoor areas” with some solar lighting in your garden instead, suggests Stark.

11. Swap out your kitchen blinds.

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Those old blinds aren’t exactly a striking addition to your kitchen’s design scheme. However, Stark says that upgrading to a new one—or a set of new curtains—can “give a fresh look to the kitchen.” Her recommendation for a more cohesive style? “Coordinate towels and jars for a completely new look.”

12. Add a peel-and-stick backsplash.

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If you’ve always dreamed of an elegant kitchen, but don’t have the money or time for a major renovation, installing a peel-and-stick backsplash is the project for you. “Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles are affordable and come in sheets with a sticky adhesive backing that peels off and adheres to wall on with little effort,” says Marty Basher, a home improvement expert with Modular Closets. “The finished product is so impressive, you’ll never know they’re not pricey backsplash tiles that took days to achieve!”

13. Put up peel-and-stick statement wallpaper.

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Home improvement projects don’t have to cost you a lot of money or time. Case in point: peel-and-stick wallpaper. It’s inexpensive, it’s fun, and it’s easy to put up. Whether you decorate one wall or the entire room, it can spruce up any space in no time.

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