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Painting a home is no easy task, no matter if you are painting the whole house, or just one room, it is difficult to keep complete control of a painting project. That being said, there are several ways to ensure a smooth and successful house painting project, it just takes a little patience and preparation. Painting does not have to be as difficult as we often make it, and can actually be enjoyable believe it or not. Here are a few suggestions for house painting that will make the project easy and stress free. Choosing the right colors Choosing colors can be the toughest part of painting a home, because colors have a major effect on the vibe a room gives off. Depending on the size of your home, darker colors can make a room seem small, while light colors can give the illusion of space. Darker colors also have a way of making a room feel cozy and comfortable, while light colors are not as warm. Determine how you want to feel in your home, and let the colors create that vibe. To make your colors really pop, give your baseboards and crown moldings a fresh coat of paint as well to make you home seem brand new. Tricks to an easier job Painting can get messy, but there are many ways to prevent the mess. Live Love DIY suggests using techniques such as lining your paint tray with tinfoil for easy clean up and less mess. Pour lids are cheap and prevent paint splashes and drips, and they also keep paint fresh. Use drop cloths to keep your floors safe from paint spills, and use painters tape to prevent paint drips. When cleaning up after painting, clean paint brushes by soaking them in vinegar and hot water. This technique will keep your paint brushes like new, so you do not have to replace them the next time you paint a room. Clean up as you go, so you do not have a giant mess to take care of when all the painting is done, but do not remove the painters tape until the paint is dry. Keep extra paint on hand so you can fix any chips, or cover up damage that happens over time, keeping your paint looking like new. Topping off the project While paint controls the vibe of a room, other upgrades can bring a room together such as new electricity sockets and light switch covers. This is an inexpensive upgrade that can transform the look of a room. You might also consider replacing old vent covers with new, decorative vent covers to modernize your home. Minor changes like this can make all the difference, and at a low cost. These upgrades also have a way of making new paint shine, and making all your hard work worthwhile. Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by EZBaseBoardHeaterCovers.com Source: livelovediy.com/2013/05/10-painting-tips-tricks-you-never-knew.html?m=1
Affording to keep your home updated with all the upgrades it requires can quickly drain your bank account, so unfortunately many homeowners deprive their homes of necessary upgrades because they think they cannot afford them. Upgrades are important if you want your home to last forever. The truth is, there are many home upgrades that can be completed on a tight budget, and homeowners should understand the importance of keeping up their homes so that their value remains high or increases, as well as the lives of those who reside in the home. Here are some ways to upgrade on a tight budget. The power of new paint Never underestimate how much a fresh coat of paint can upgrade your home and make it look like new. Painting is an affordable upgrade, and is easy to complete on your own. Do not stress about paying top dollar for quality paint, because styles and trends change over time, and chances are you will paint again in the future. Don’t just stop at the walls, either. Freshen up your kitchen by painting or staining your cabinets, or update your kitchen table with a new paint color. A little bit of paint can transform the entire look and vibe of your home, and should be one of the first upgrades made because it is so easy and affordable. Changing hardware and light fixtures Another upgrade that can be done on a budget is changing the hardware on cabinets, door knobs and hinges on all the doors, as well as updating old light fixtures. New hardware has a way of giving any home a fresh new look, and is much cheaper than construction or other major remodeling projects in order to get the same new feel. Consider changing electrical outlets and light switch plates to modernize a room at a small cost. Starting small with upgrades like this can help you determine if major upgrades are needed, or if the small upgrades are exactly what the doctor ordered. Upgrades that lead to a pay off When upgrading your home, consider what you really need rather than what just looks nice. Upgrades should make your life easier in one way or another. Install ceiling fans that can modernize a room as well as cool you off without costing you a fortune to run your air conditioner. Upgrades should increase the value of your home, especially if you are planning on selling it in the future. If your upgrades somehow lead to a payoff, you know they were worth the investment. The best part is that there are several upgrades that do not cost a lot of money, but have a big reward, and those are the upgrades you should aim for before investing in major upgrades that are more expensive to complete. Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by EZBaseBoardHeaterCovers.com Source: thriftylittlemom.com/2013/06/24/re-styling-your-older-home-without-remodeling/
Homeowners often forget that the look of the exterior of your home is just as important as the look of the interior. It is easy to become caught up in making sure the interior of your home is perfectly updated and decorated, and forget about the exterior completely. The exterior of your home should never be forgotten because it is the first impression of your home, and just like all first impressions, you want it to be a good one. Here are some easy upgrades for the exterior of your home that are sure to create an inviting look. Updates to the home Homes are built to withstand harsh weather and climates, but that does not mean that they will look good all of the time. As homes age and take beatings from weather conditions, they need extra tender love and care every once in a while. Your home should be power washed at least once a year to keep it looking fresh and new as well as prevent problems that weather, dirt and grime can cause. If your home is looking drab, consider brightening it up with window boxes, shutters or other features that can make windows shine and add some character to the home. Updates to the landscape Obviously a yard needs to be taken care of by mowing the grass and planting and maintaining flowers, bushes and trees. A yard should be inviting, and you can make it that way by adding special features such as a tree bench for shaded seating. If you plan on spending a lot of time in your front or back yard, add mood lighting for late summer nights that will be enough to allow people to see without taking away from the beauty of the night sky. Draw eyes to your beautiful landscape by displaying your house numbers in a creative way such as on old flower pots that sit on your front porch, or a bench next to the porch. Creativity is essential to bringing your home landscape to life. Updates that hide eye sores Hiding eye sores is vital for curb appeal. Listotic suggests keeping your trash bins hidden one way or another. If you cannot fit your garbage cans into your garage, consider building a small fence or shed to house them without looking tacky. Air conditioners are also nothing pretty to look at, but can be easily covered up with a small lattice fence, siding or paneling. Believe it or not, front doors have a major role when it comes to curb appeal. Sometimes all a front door needs is a fresh coat of paint, other times it should be replaced completely. Consider changing the doorknob and locks to give your front door a makeover, and prevent it from being the biggest eye sore of your home. Interior decorating and remodeling news brought to you by ezbaseboardheatercovers.com Source: listotic.com/17-easy-and-cheap-curb-appeal-ideas/12/