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4 Simple Upgrades to Make to Your Home

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Are you dreaming of making improvements to your home, but don’t have the budget or time required to do major remodeling? If so, don’t stress. There are still plenty of things you can do to upgrade your home and make it look great! Check out these simple upgrades to make to your home that will save you time and money while still getting that upscale look you’re going for.
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1. Paint your kitchen cabinets
Adding new cabinetry to your kitchen can be super expensive. If you have outdated cabinets, consider giving them a fresh coat of paint before completely replacing them. While this project can be time-consuming, the results (and money saved!) are worth it. To start, remove all of the cabinet doors and unscrew any knobs or pulls. Be sure to separate each type of hardware into different containers so nothing gets lost. Next, wipe down each cabinet door with a grease cutter. This will ensure that your cabinets are clean, allowing the paint to stick better. Once the cabinets are cleaned, sand them and then remove any dust particles with a tack cloth. Do this to your actual cupboards as well.

You’re now ready to prime and paint your cabinets. Paint the cabinets with long overlapping strokes from top to bottom. It’s best to paint the highest point first so you can brush out any drips into lower spots. Once the paint is dry, add a second coat. Repeat these steps on your cupboards. Once everything is painted, admire your hard work. It’s amazing how a couple of coats of fresh paint can make your kitchen look much more modern and clean.

2. Upgrade to smart lighting
Whether you’re trying to turn your home into a “smart home” or just want to make a simple upgrade, a smart lighting system is a worthy investment. Not only can you control the lights from your smartphone in your home, but you can also control your lights even when you’re not physically at your house. If you find that the people in your household often forget to turn off the lights after themselves, you can even schedule your lights to turn on and off on their own depending on the day and time. A smart lighting system offers many other unique features as well, including the ability to adjust the color and brightness to create the right mood in your home. While the initial cost may seem like a splurge, the amount of money you’ll save on your monthly energy bill will pay off.
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3. Liven up your living room
From entertaining guests, to making memories with your family, or even curling up with a good book, your living room is the center of all activity in your home. This is why it’s important to have an inviting and relaxing space for you and your guests to enjoy. One of the simplest and most rewarding upgrades you can make to your home is to liven up your living room. Start by painting the walls a relaxing shade such as light grey. Next, add cozy throw pillows and blankets throughout the room. If your couch is outdated or you’re lacking enough seating options, consider purchasing an affordable comfy sofa. Adding some greenery is a great way to liven up your space, as well as a few cozy pouf ottomans to help you unwind after a long day. Your living room will surely be the most popular room in your home!

4. Give your outlet wall plates new life
Do you have mismatched outlet covers or light switches? Are they outdated or have built up stains? Maybe they even have old paint on them. Consider replacing them with all new covers and you’ll be surprised at how much of a difference such a small change can make. With outlet covers typically costing less than 50 cents a piece, this is an affordable upgrade that takes only a few minutes to do. Having uniform outlet wall plates throughout your home allows your home to look more put together. If you don’t want to go out and replace every single outlet plate in your home, you can paint them so they blend right in to the wall. Whatever you choose, you’ll love how put together your home looks!

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