Home Improvement For The New Year

stock-photo-3164773-executive-home-bar-and-entertainment-roomWith the holidays over, many people find themselves with more time, and begin making decisions about hot to upgrade some of the rooms in their home. Easy ones are painting the kitchen, bathrooms or living rooms; those rooms are more used and therefore shown the wear and tear more easily.  If you are thinking about remodeling your home in the near future, follow the links below for more ideas about home improvement.


Home improvement: 10 cheap upgrades

Afraid of dipping your toe into the home improvement pool? Don’t be. There are many things you can do to spiff up the old place without spending a fortune.

1. Make your kitchen really cook

The kitchen is still considered the heart of the home. For a few hundred dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles and update old lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient ones. If you have a slightly larger budget, you can give the cabinets themselves a makeover. Rather than spring for a whole new cabinet system, which can be expensive, look into refacing the ones you have. Many companies will remove cabinet doors and drawers, refinish the cabinet boxes and then add brand-new doors and drawers at a price considerably less than new cabinets. Unless the cabinets are mica, a fresh coat of paint can also do the trick.


How to Update Your Home on Small Budget
If you are looking for a way to make your home worth the very most it can be, but don’t have a lot of money to spend, there are still things you can do to make your money go further and to get the most bang for your buck.

Instructions

1. Start by repainting your desired rooms with neutral colors. Light shades of green, taupe, gray or even different variations of white alongside painting trim and doors a bright white can give any room a clean, updated look and feeling of space.

2. Go to your local home improvement store, hardware or grocery store and rent a professional steam cleaner. Give your existing carpets a good cleaning to update the look of your home.

3. Kitchens and bathrooms are also great rooms to focus on updating. Besides paint, try updating cabinet pulls/knobs by spray painting old hardware white, black, metallic, or if the


5 Cheap And Easy Ways To Update Your Home

We all have those friends who seem to have the perfect home, from a beautifully manicured front lawn to homemade chocolate chip cookies baking in a La Cornue oven. But with a fulltime job, an energetic pup and a baby on the way, it’s hard to keep up with the Joneses — especially when we are supposed to be saving money for our future. But there are a few ways I’ve been able to update our two-bedroom apartment that haven’t broken the bank (and I’ve even been able to convince my husband that they’re good ideas too).

1. Paint – A fresh coat of paint makes a world of difference. Repainting our home, especially the high-traffic areas, was a cheap and simple way to give our rooms an instant facelift. When we moved into our new condo, we splurged and hired professionals to paint the entire space, which included the ceilings, baseboards and crown molding, and we definitely don’t regret it. And to maintain the fresh look, I have painted the high-traffic areas on a yearly basis with the same color. This may seem like an overwhelming task, so try it first with a small area like your entryway or foyer.


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