Easy Home Improvements to Drive Away the Blues
Whether you’ve just moved into a new house or are preparing to sell, here are some projects you can tackle to beat the blues and spruce up that home!
Change the Paint
Anytime is the perfect time to brighten up those walls with a coat of paint, and you don’t have to worry about trends in order to have a beautiful home. Color trends will come and go. Make your home beautiful by choosing colors that reflect your preferences and personalities. The trick is to blend the colors you like into a pleasing combination. For fun you can also create a chalkboard wall in your kitchen for notes or in a kids’ playroom.
Upgrade the Fixtures
This simple upgrade can give new life to kitchens, baths and doors. Changing out faucets, doorknobs, outlet covers and light fixtures can upgrade your home and give you a whole new outlook. Consider switching round knobs for lever-style so that children and elderly family members can operate them more easily. Simply switching out the bathroom vanity light fixture can change the entire appearance of your bathrooms.
Trim the Walls
Add pizzazz to your walls with crown molding or chair railing. Even if you don’t have a garage full of power tools, you can cut foam molding — molding that is not made of wood and can be cut with a simple saw and miter box—and create beautiful designs on your walls and ceilings.
Scrape the Textured Ceilings
If you’re very ambitious, you can scrape the “popcorn” or “cottage cheese” texture off your ceilings. Before you begin this project, check to make certain the texture is not made of asbestos. Homes built prior to and in the first few years after the 1978 asbestos ban often had asbestos fibers mixed into the texture. After the ban, paper, Styrofoam or other products were used to create the texture. If your home is affected by asbestos texture you should consider having a licensed professional handle the removal since the asbestos must be disposed of properly in accordance with prevailing laws.
Install New Flooring
Another way to beat the blues is to have new carpet or hardwood installed. I personally love the tile that looks like hardwood. It wears very well and is easy to keep clean! This is another way to freshen up a home and make everything seem new!