Home Renovations....2 options

When it comes time to redo a space in your home, there are two basic options: take it easy or take it to the max Whether you are limited by budget, time, skill level or all three, sometimes you just want to keep it simple. Thankfully, there are ways to leverage industry tricks, retail sales, and elbow grease to make little changes that make a big impact. Here are some easy updates for every room:

Living room

A couple bucks and a stepladder could be all you need to transform the look of your living room. Go ahead, change out those drapes. Freshen up your look with a bright color or introduce some additional hues to your color story. A bold print can really inject some new life into your space.

One more thing: Coordinate with a few new throw pillows and you have a snazzy, easy updated look.


Is your kitchen sporting mismatched appliances? If you're not ready to invest in stainless steel but you want the look, cover up your appliances. These stainless steel magnets offer an inexpensive way to get an updated look without the big expense.

One more thing: Placemats. Often overlooked and underappreciated, placemats can provide a layer of texture to round out a tablescape and provide protection for your table's finish.


If you like the amount of warmth provided by your bedding but are dying for a different look, a duvet cover is a great alternative to buying a whole new set. 

One more thing: An old bedroom set can date a room, but easy updates can help bring it into this century. Consider painting or re-staining one (or more) piece. Or, simply change out the hardware to something more modern for an update you can make in under an hour.

Powder Room

Say goodbye to peeling paint and grungy sinks. A new vanity can update and refresh your powder room with a minimum amount of hassle and expense. If you're not skilled at plumbing, make sure you include the cost of bringing in a professional.

One more thing:

If you'd rather keep your existing cabinets, swap out your dated faucet and sand and paint your cabinets a fresh color for a like-new look.


A few hours on a weekend, a few friends in their old clothes, and a few 12-packs of beer should get you from drab walls to colorful space. Whether you want to stay with a neutral or go for something trendy and bold- like, one thing is certain: the look of your room, and the mood, is about to change.

One more thing:

Accent your pretty new walls with some new art. Sites like art.com have prints in a variety of styles, sizes, and prices. Whether you want a reproduction of Picasso or a modern pop of color, you can find it here.

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Gayle Bartram

Gayle Bartram

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CENTURY 21 Today Realty Ltd., Brokerage*
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