If you have an older home, you may one day plan to renovate or restore it. This can be a costly process, but it can also add a lot of value to your house if you ever need to sell it. With that in mind, there are ways to upgrade the look of your home without spending a fortune. Check out these cost effective ways to make your home look new again.
Replace The Hardware
Updating the hardware on your cabinets can do wonders for the look of your kitchen and bathrooms. Think about the feeling you get when you walk into a house built in the 1990’s that still has the round brass door handles on all the cabinets. Even though the 90’s don’t feel that long ago, small ouches like that can make a home feel completely outdated. Replace your door handles, drawer handles, and hinges with something that looks more modern, and you will see a big difference in the overall look of your home.
Clean The Grout
How often do you clean the grout on your tile floors? If you’re like most homeowners, that answer may be once every 5-10 years. As grout gets dirty and stained, it starts to age the look of whatever room it is in. If you can scrub it down with a toilet wand or toothbrush, you can brighten your home and make it look much cleaner as a whole.
Soft Scrub with Bleach works very well for this, especially if you let it sit on the grout for a few minutes before scrubbing it off. Get the bottle with the thick, white cleaner in it, not the option in the spray bottle. Most cleaning sprays in general can’t get the job done.
Paint The Molding
If the molding in your home has been beaten and abused – like it is in most homes – you might want to give it a fresh coat of paint. If your home’s colors, age, and design can support dart wood trim, you could also consider re-staining it. In most cases though, it is best to paint your baseboards, chair rails, doorframes, and crown molding in white to add a fresh pop of light to your room. Get some painter’s tape and drop cloths to protect your walls and flooring, and you should be good to go!