As we get a little older and score that grown-up job, we want our living spaces to reflect these changes. When you strike out on your own, whether you're living in your first apartment or your third, DIY projects can bring amazing changes to your space.

If you're looking for some hacks to make a more mature apartment, check out some of these projects!

1. Stock Up Your Kitchen

Plastic cups and plates or disposable ones are easy to use and convenient, but they feel reminiscent of a college dorm. Treat yourself with some nicer dishes that make eating at home feel much more adult-like.

Buy a new dinnerware set and some glasses to fill up your cabinets. These sets are often very affordable, so you won't break the bank. And, you'll have a lot of styles to choose from. Add a pop of color or give your kitchen a more subtle look. After you buy your new dinnerware, you'll be happy you did.

2. Frame Your Artwork

Posters are easy to hang, but using tape or sticky tack damages the artwork. Framing photographs, posters and other artwork give your home a more polished look.

When you're buying new artwork, you can look for pieces that are already framed. If not, try to look at the dimensions to see if they are sized in a typical frame size, like an 8x10 or 5x7. There are also standard poster sizes that make framing easier.

If you have art that isn't a typical frame or poster frame size, you can get it custom framed at a craft store. But, this option can be a little more expensive, so be sure to get an estimate before you get the job done.

3. Buy Houseplants

Studies have shown that having plants in your home can help you de-stress and make your home a happier place. If you're concerned about taking care of your plants properly, you can get some low-maintenance plants that don't need too much attention.

Even fake plants add a splash of color and comfort to your apartment. When people come to visit, you don't even have to tell anyone they aren't real!

4. Improve Your Storage

In the past, you may have used plastic bins and other cheap items to store your belongings. Give your apartment more function and attractive storage by tossing those plastic storage containers.

Buying some storage baskets and higher-quality furniture to store clothes, accessories and other items will give your apartment a much more mature look and feel. If you don't have the budget to buy brand-new furniture, you can find some great pieces at a secondhand store.

5. DIY Crown Molding

Crown molding gives any home a very classic, grown-up look. When you hear crown molding, you may think of it as belonging only in a wealthy person's home. With a DIY crown molding kit from Focal Point Products, you can achieve that beautiful look in your apartment!

Even if you've never done a home renovation, the kit is so easy to use that anyone can install it. Pick a day on the weekend, get to work and enjoy the beautiful result! Check out our crown molding kits to purchase the right style for your home.

Any of these five easy apartment DIY projects will help turn your apartment into a more mature, homey space.