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Easy DIY's for the Home Improvement Beginner

Take matters into your own hands

We all want a picture perfect home, but not everyone has the budget or time to hire professionals and gut renovate. Whether you're saving up for your ideal kitchen or the master bath of your dreams, these affordable and fast DIY projects will get you one step closer to pinterest-worthy posts now. The best part is, they're all under $99 and can be done without the help of a contractor or complicated tools.

1. Paint your cabinets! Nuvo Titanium Infusion 1-Day Cabinet Makeover Kit, $69.95, gianigranite.com

2. Cover up ugly countertops with EZ Faux Decor's Self Adhesive Peel and Stick Instant Countertop Update. This is not your grandmother's contact paper. It's thick, waterproof and easy to remove if you change your mind. (Editor's note: do not place extremely hot items directly on this product), $48.00 ezfauxdecor.com Special offer for Westport Lifestyle readers: use promo code westport20 for 20% off)

3. Spruce up outdated wood furniture. Chalk paint requires little to no preparation, such as sanding or priming, and can be used indoors or outside, on just about any surface. Louis Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 33.8 oz $34.95, anniesloan.com

4. Refrigerator panels are usually expensive to buy, and often need to be custom made. Instead, try the easy and inexpensive DIY method using vinyl chalkboard panels that stick in place. These can also be quickly removed without damaging the surface of your fridge. Self Adhesive Chalknetic Magnetic Chalkboard Contact Paper, $25.95 amazon.com

5. Update Your Hardware. If you can use a screwdriver, you can master this DIY. Transform outdated drawers and cabinets in minutes! Alpine Hardware Satin Black Kitchen Cabinet Cup/Bin Pulls. Hardware included. $26.97 for a pack of 25, amazon.com

6. Redo your backsplash with peel and stick tile backsplash. Pictured: STICKGOO Sky Marble Herringbone Adhesive Backsplash Tiles $48.99 for a pack of 10, stickgoo.com

7. Create an accent wall with Tempaper Removable Peel and Stick Wallpaper, pictured in pink and metallic gold marrakesh print, $39.99 per roll, tempaper.com

8. Liven up your kid's room in seconds with Easma rainbow wall decals. $11.89 for 2 sheets, amazon.com

9. Transform outdated appliances with Liquid Stainless Steel. This kit can bring life back into your outdated range, dishwasher or even your refrigerator. $24.75 for the range and dishwasher kit. homedepot.com

10. Up-cycle an ikea coffee table or sidebar with Pretty Pegs Coffee table legs. Pictured style: Otto 450 in Ash Wood. Simply remove the old legs and screw in the replacements. $92.00 for a set of 4 legs, prettypegs.com

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