7 mini makeovers you can finish in a day (or less!)
Turn a bottle into a lamp in minutes
All you've gotta do is put a cork in it. This adjustable socket (inset) knows how to show an empty jug the light.
(Cork jug kit, $18.40 for 1 1/4" diam.; lampshop.com. Bottle used as lamp, $30; 7 1/2"W x 13 1/2"H; homedecorators.com. Drum shade, $54; 17" diam.; potterybarn.com)
Change the look of your cabinets in less than an hour
Updating your cabinetry can be as effortless as smoothing on contact paper. Panyl, a line of durable PVC-based adhesive sheets, comes in a wide variety of solid colors, wood grains, and patterns. And the decision needn't be final: The product peels right off should you change your mind.
(From $4.50 per square foot; four-square-foot minimum; $6 extra per piece for custom sizes; panyl.com)
Create a new headboard, no nails required
Put down that hammer. These ultra-thin strips of reclaimed barn wood boast a super-sticky backing that allows you to cover an entire wall—without using a single nail. The stuff doesn't budge, so for a less-permanent project, follow our lead and face a piece of precut plywood.
(From $160 for 20 square feet; stikwood.com)
Swap out chair legs in seconds
Originally intended for Ikea furniture, these screw-on legs (inset)—in several shades and shapes—are available with a universal fitting plate that adapts them for nearly any brand.
($88 for set of four; prettypegs.com. Chair, $99; ikea.com)
Dress up furniture in a day
You'd never guess this heirloom-worthy chest of drawers had such humble beginnings. Credit the transformation to O'verlays' fanciful fretwork. Adhere it with a heavy-duty glue, like Liquid Nails, then paint.
(Fretwork, from $9.50 for 10"W x 6"L; myoverlays.com. Liquid Nails, $2.52 for 10 oz.; lowes.com. Chalk Paint in Cream, $37.95 per quart; anniesloan.com for stores. For similar dresser outfitted with O'verlays, $895; 44"W x 34"H x 20"D; kingstonkrafts.etsy.com)
Add instant pattern to a plain pillow
You'll only need a minute. These moth and bandage patches (inset) are meant to mend holes. But when it's this simple to iron on irony, we say no pillow's perfect.
($14 for set of three; stellaneptune.com. Pillow cover, $34; 20" square; westelm.com)
Add privacy to your windows in minutes
Designers at Trove borrowed nature-inspired prints from the company's gorgeous wallpaper line for a new collection of window film. A cinch to apply, the coverings let light in while still affording privacy.
(From $7.25 per square foot; four-square-foot minimum; troveline.com)