These home improvement projects are so simple, even newbie do-it-yourselfers (a.k.a. y-o-u) can handle them. The even better news? Each upgrade only takes an afternoon to complete. Invite your friends or recruit your hubby, get your supplies ready, and start giving your home more character. Scroll down for some ingenious ideas.

Show your passion: Book staircase

If you’re an avid reader and a big fan of books and novels, this staircase project is perfect for you. You don’t need a library to showcase your fave titles—just ask a painter or a crafty friend to help you recreate book covers on a flight of stairs in your home. Want more design ideas? Click here for inspiration.

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Make a statement: Vinyl wall

Instead of leaving a plain wall, well, boring, turn it into something more visually appealing. Take a cue from model and blogger Patty Laurel Filart—her creative ways of bringing new life to the loft she shares with her husband Patrick include creating a photo wall and painting on some of her favorite quotes in big, bold letters. Get your photos printed here and order decals online from this shop.

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Reuse and recycle: Mason jars

Mason jars are still the “in” home accessory—whether used for storing knickknacks or as a mug for your morning coffee. Here’s another way to use them: As a simple, chic accessory for your living room. Find out how to transform them into decorative pieces here.

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Two is better than one: Ombre curtains

Big fan of the ombre trend? Here’s some good news: You can rock it somewhere other than your hair. Add more color to your outdoor space by painting your curtains ombre-style. Check out these simple steps to take your shades to the next level.

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Stylish kitchen items: Washi-fied serving tray

Wow your guests by turning your simple serving tray into a chic piece. All you need is a roll of washi tape! Yup, those decorative paper tapes that you can buy for as low as P55 a roll. Learn how it’s done from

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