Home Help: 5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter
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The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle DIY projects for an updated home you’ll enjoy all year long. These five home improvement projects are easy, affordable and can be completed in 3 hours or less.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re looking a little shabby. Mirrors are timeless decor options, but the frames can look dated over time. Breathe new life into an old mirror by painting the frame a rich, modern color that pops within the current color scheme. Another idea is to clean the frame and adhere mosaic tiles along the edge for a crafty, custom look.
Old hardware makes any room look like a relic of yesteryear. A complete replacement can be costly, so instead opt to paint existing hardware. Simply remove and clean to eliminate grime. Then use a metallic spray paint to coat the hardware. A tip for painting hardware is to use an old egg carton. Turn the egg carton upside down, secure the hardware to the egg cups and spray away.
Dingy doors can get a stylish update with minimal effort when you add some interesting detailing to the panels. Leftover wallpaper, for example, can be adhered to the panel sections for an eye-catching look. Another fun option, especially for kids’ rooms, is to spray paint panels with chalkboard paint. Then kids can customize drawings and messages whenever they’d like with chalk markers.
Those old lamps still have a lot of life left in them — they just need a fresh color and finish. Metallic colors are trending for 2017, so add a modern touch to treasured lamps with a fresh coat of spray paint.
Wood chairs are a household essential, but because they are used so frequently, they suffer a lot of wear and tear. Be sure to prep the chair surface by lightly sanding, then wiping down the surface with a sackcloth to remove dust and particles. Apply even coats of paint to chair in a side-to-side motion. Slightly overlap each spray, working from the top down. Recoat as necessary until the chair’s surface is covered.
Keep your home show-ready
Although the majority of home buyers do most of their research online these days, buyers will still want to see your house in person. Although keeping your home show-ready at all times can be time consuming, it could be the difference in making a potential sale. To keep your home ready for potential buyers, keep a mop or floor duster handy to wipe up dust and stains on the floor, clean your windows regularly and wash off wall marks and smudges. In the event of a “right-showing,” keep a basket nearby to put the contents of your kitchen counter or anything else you need to remove quickly. Also, don’t limit showing hours for your home. Staying flexible and working with a buyer’s agent can help you get your home sold.
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What to consider when painting your ceiling
When painting a room, people often overlook the fifth wall, or ceiling. Although you might have not thought about painting the ceiling, adding color can help make a room feel bigger or smaller. If you are painting a large room with high ceilings, a dark color can warm up the room and make it feel cozy, while in a small room, lighter colors will make the room and space feel bigger. You can also consider using a lighter shade of color than your walls to paint your ceilings. The modified monochromatic effect is useful in small rooms with low ceilings to draw the eye away from the low ceiling. You can also change the feel of your room by using a metallic, glossy or pearlescent sheen paint. These different sheens can add intensity to the room’s color by reflecting light and color.
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Shorter showers can save money
One way to help save on heating costs during the winter is by turning down your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees, but you can save even more money on your heating bills by also reducing the time you spend in the shower. By reducing your shower my just a few minutes, you can save hundreds of gallons of hot water per month for a family of four. Showers can account for two-thirds of your water heating costs, but cutting your shower time in half can reduce your water heating costs by 33 percent.
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