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10 Super-Easy DIYs For A Better Apartment

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    So many projects, not enough time. That's our thought at the close of every weekend. Friday brings with it the best of home-decor intentions — let's redo a closet, and the outside trim could use a coat of paint! Then, life comes along and we have relatives in town, wedding showers to throw, and crucial fall TV to watch (priorities). Once again, our bed-building, kitchen-renovating ideas prove to be nothing but dreams. There's a lot going on, but those projects shouldn't fall off the bottom of the list.

    The key to successful home improvement is choosing digestible assignments that, while only taking a couple hours to complete, still have huge impact. So, we picked 10 medium-level projects that don't require hiring a contractor or going all in at a designer furniture showroom. Even so, they'll produce the kind of results that'll make your friends think you've been DIYing in all your free time for months. From painting ceilings to reframing mirrors, these tasks are truly worth your precious, little time. Even better, see if those relatives can lend a hand.

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    Install New Kitchen Lights
    Lighting might be the most important facet of any space — bold statement, we know. But, think about how unwelcoming a harsh, fluorescent vibe can be. If your kitchen and eating area are joined, the light you use has to work for both. You need to be able to see what you're chopping, but also have the ambience for a romantic dinner. Don't have time to switch out fixtures? Buy a softer wattage bulb.

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    Rehang Your Curtains
    The second most important decor move? Window treatments. Either switch out the color of your drapes or try raising them slightly. Better yet, do both. A small adjustment can dramatically change your room's feel.

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    Rearrange Your Art
    So simple, but truly the most dramatic change you can make. Think about your walls as a gallery space and be sure to rotate your exhibits every so often. There will always be something interesting for your guests — more importantly, for you! — to check out.

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    Hang Succulents From The Ceiling
    Installing hooks in the ceiling might be a slightly awkward reach, but the Zen benefit of these upside-down greens is huge. Having succulents or flowers hanging from above breathes life over the whole room. If you know you'll water less if you can't reach them easily, try air plants, like this one in our S.F. editor's kitchen.

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    Trick Out Your Dresser
    There isn't a DIY from the blog A Beautiful Mess that doesn't wow us. These decoupaged dresser drawers add a playful and surprising element to a traditional piece of furniture.