I love to wander the aisles of Home Depot. The store smells like lumber and potential. Even the most random of sections, where I have zero expertise, can spark some DIY project. (And I'm not even that handy!) I went in recently for a doodad for my bathroom faucet (a new hot/cold stem—not a doodad—I learned when I asked the associate) and spent 10 minutes daydreaming in the nearby pipe section about all the fun stuff I could do if I had unlimited time and funds to just tinker around.
As I've wandered through this store, however, I've also stumbled upon products that can transform a space and make it look a hundred times more stylish. Here are my top five surprisingly transformative (yet budget-friendly) products you might not have realized even existed, let alone sat on the shelves at Home Depot.
They're all incredibly easy to use, budget-friendly, and have the potential to make a huge difference in your kitchen.
1. Pendant Conversion Kit, $29
If you have soulless recessed lighting above your kitchen island, or in that window nook above the kitchen sink, this is your solution: The hardware in this kit screws into the recessed lighting bulb mechanism, with a cord hanging down to give you a pendant where you previously did not have one.
You can get creative with the shade you add to the bottom of the light, but even a simple Edison bulb will elevate a space.
2. Sliding Barn Wood Door Hardware, $99.98
Have you seen sliding barn-style pantry doors all over Pinterest? Sliding doors are an excellent way to add a door that's not going to swing out to take up floor space, and get a cool rustic vibe, too.
This kit has all the hardware you need to hang a sliding door of your choice (try a place like the Habitat ReStore for an inexpensive vintage find) in your home. Home Depot has a few options, but this one has the coolest wheel up top.
3. Countertop Paint Kit, $80
Stuck with a laminate kitchen counter that you just, well, hate? This kit includes everything you need (including easy-to-follow instructions) to help to paint them to look like granite or marble. It'll take you about four hours and is way cheaper than getting a new surface installed.
4. Under Cabinet Light Kit, $74
One thing that can make a narrow or windowless kitchen look way better: undercabinet lighting. Just brightening up the space with a few lights tucked below the cabinets will make it feel bigger and more inviting, and it'll create a nice warm glow for a cocktail party or late-night snack. This easy-to-install kit can be plugged into an existing outlet and doesn't need any tools (or much experience) to install.
5. Trash Can Pullout Kit, $36
If you keep your trash can in a cabinet — because you prefer it there or straight-up don't have the floor space — it's ideal to have it pull out. With this floor-mount hardware, you can get a pull-out trash can installed in minutes, without having to retrofit a cabinet door to accommodate it.
The kit comes with a 35-quart can and everything else you'll need. The rails are even adjustable if you need to reorient the can to fit a different cabinet width or to leave room for plumbing.
Have you discovered any amazing DIY kits at Home Depot? Tell us about them in the comments below!
This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: 5 DIY Ways to Update Your Kitchen For Under $100 at Home Depot