Have you been looking at the interior of your home and feel like it’s starting to look dated?
Maybe it’s time for a facelift to spruce the place up. Lots of people will cringe at the sound of this. Renovations and redos can cost big money and aren’t for everyone.
It doesn’t need to be that way; we have come up with a list of 7 tips and tricks to make your home look fresh and up to date with a budget that can fit every household.
- Kitchen Cabinets
Making your kitchen look up to date doesn’t need to break the bank. If buying new cabinets is not in the budget, an excellent way to give that kitchen a new look is with a fresh coat of paint and new door handles. Just changing these two items will give your kitchen a whole new look and give it that wow factor. If you can stretch the budget a bit further, adding some new tile for the backsplash will really tie everything together nicely. Make sure that if you do paint the cabinets, it is done with a spray finish. This will ensure a quality job when completed.
- Painting Walls
Nothing can bring your house quicker to life than a fresh coat of paint on the walls. If the full house is out of budget, try and stick to the main entertaining rooms. When painting your home, keep in mind that it is better to stick to neutral colours for re-sale. If you decide to paint your trim or doors, make sure to use a spray finish. This will ensure that they will look and feel brand new. The quickest cheapest option for an improvement is just to paint a feature wall. This option can make a dreary old room pop.
- Refacing a Fireplace
Does your brick fireplace scream the 80’s. One of the best ways to bring that fireplace up to date is by going over the old brick with a ceramic tile. Going over your fireplace with an excellent looking tile can change that drab look to dramatic. This quick change can make your fireplace stick out in your house as a beautiful, rich centrepiece. If this option is out of budget, you can always go with our quick and easy way and paint the brick. Go over that dated red brick with white, charcoal or grey paint. This will modernize the look of your brick for just a few hundred dollars.
- Regrout Your Tiles
Regrouting your tiles can change your bathroom’s look, and it is essential to the upkeep of your home. The grout in your tiles, especially if light, tends to turn a yellow or brownish colour over time. This makes your bathroom look dated and not to mention gross. There are special brushes and solutions for cleaning the grout. However, sometimes it just needs to be redone, especially in showers. Besides giving your tiles that clean look, it is essential to help them with any issues down the road. Once the grout gives way in bathrooms, it can lead to mould problems down the road.
- Drywall Repair
Over the years, your home will take on wear and tear. Nothing makes a house look more dated than drywall dings and marks throughout the house. Luckily this is a quick and easy fix. All that is needed is some drywall compound and some touch-up paint. Go over all the marks in the house with the compound and a putty knife. After it’s dried, give it a sand, then go over the top with some touch-up paint. This process will leave your walls looking brand new.
- Change Out Light & Plumbing Fixtures
Dated fixtures can really show the age of a home. You can switch these out fairly quickly and change the style of the house. Many big box stores sell beautiful looking fixtures for a fraction of the price custom stores do. You can even add a dimmer switch to your lights for a little mood lighting for those intimate get-togethers.
- Changing the Look of Your Exterior Siding
Old aluminum siding can look dirty and dated over time. Everyone thinks the only fix is by replacing it with new siding. However, if the siding is in good condition, a simple coat of paint can really bring a fresh new look to the outside of your house. A good cheat tip is only doing the front of your house. Most people will just see your home from this angle, so if you can find a matching paint getting away with just the front is a possibility and will be a fraction of the cost.
These tips are just some of the possibilities for updating your home. If you want to take on one of these projects but don’t want to do it yourself, call My Home Handyman in Calgary (403) 829-5709 and we will help get you started.