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 migh 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, $130
Have you seen sliding barn-style pantry doors all over Pinterest (and right here on Kitchn?)? 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. 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!