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New Home? Time to Update it!



New Home? Time to Update it!




Nifty ways to Make your New Home Pop!

Now that you have found your new home wouldn’t you like to make it more appealing? Here are some tips on just how to do that.

 

5 Front Entry Fix-Ups!

  • Add Lighting - Exterior Lights illuminate house numbers and focus the eye on the entry. At night, a simple hanging fixture can make your portico look like its glowing from within. When deciding on your light, pick a style that complements your homes architecture.
  • Upgrade the Door - Consider the front door as an introduction to your home. Divided-light windows can offer outside views and fill the foyer with sunlight. By using an install-ready pre-hung door, you can make this upgrade in a day. Choose from dozens of designs and three durable materials. For traditionalists, a wood door is a no-brainer, but it will need refinishing over time. Steel or fiberglass doors require less maintenance and tend to be more energy-efficient, but can lack the style and tactile appeal of wood. Fiberglass also tends to be pricey.
  • Call-out with Color - Brush on a fresh coat of paint to make your entry pop. Just be sure to pick saturated colors if your house gets direct sun, as pastels will look washed out.
  • Re-face the steps - Turn a dull concrete stoop into a showpiece by capping it with stone.
  • Plant a couple of Containers - Large potted plants visually anchor an entry and provide a burst of color. Just make sure the containers you put them in are weatherproof.

*For more ways to update your exterior visit This old House.*

6 Thrifty Ways to customize your kitchen!

  • Create Cottage Charm - by painting inset cabinet doors and drawer fronts a different shade from the boxes.
  • Give cabinets custom appeal - its as simple as adding furniture-like feet at the cabinets and corners. 
  • Make a copper pot rack/wall-hung organizer - Using everyday plumbing parts, you can assemble a cookware holder in just a couple of hours. Push-together tees and elbows bean no messy soldering, and brass polish makes the copper shine like a new penny.
  • Install an in-window herb garden - screw brackets to the side jambs and insert tempered glass shelves. 
  • Pretty up a plain backsplash - with stick-on tile decals that withstand moisture and splashes. Opaque graphics even camouflage hairline cracks on older tiles.
  • Hang a pendant - bring task lighting down from the ceiling height to where it is needed, such as above the sink or over an island.

*For more ways to update your kitchen visit Easy Upgrades: Kitchens.*

 6 Easy ideas for personalizing your bath on a budget!

  • Store Grooming aids in a vintage metal cabinet. - Choose one with an aged patina to offset the polish of a new bathroom or the sanitary look of an older one that has an all-white tile and paint scheme.
  • Swap in a vintage-look cabinet latch - to give a bath built-in a hit of period style.
  • Dress up a plain vanity - with a glue-on wood applique that you can paint or stain to match the finish on your cabinet.
  • Tile the wall above your vanity - with graphic ceramic squares. Adhere the new backsplash with mortar, grout the joints, and squeeze a bead of caulk where the tiles meet the countertop.
  • Stencil a cast-iron claw-foot - to complement the tubs vintage.
  • Recess a Cabinet - save space with a medicine chest that fits in a wall cavity. Stash grooming supplies in a recessed medicine cabinet. Unlike with wall-hung ones, you won’t hit your head when you lean over to splash your face on a sleepy morning.

*For more ways to update your bath visit Easy Upgrades: Bathrooms.*

 

  • Store Grooming aids in a vintage metal cabinet. - Choose one with an aged patina to offset the polish of a new bathroom or the sanitary look of an older one that has an all-white tile and paint scheme.
  • Swap in a vintage-look cabinet latch - to give a bath built-in a hit of period style.
  • Dress up a plain vanity - with a glue-on wood applique that you can paint or stain to match the finish on your cabinet.
  • Tile the wall above your vanity - with graphic ceramic squares. Adhere the new backsplash with mortar, grout the joints, and squeeze a bead of caulk where the tiles meet the countertop.
  • Stencil a cast-iron claw-foot - to complement the tubs vintage.
  • Recess a Cabinet - save space with a medicine chest that fits in a wall cavity. Stash grooming supplies in a recessed medicine cabinet. Unlike with wall-hung ones, you wont hit your head when you lean over to splash your face on a sleepy morning.

*For more ways to update your bath visit Easy Upgrades: Bathrooms.*

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