Punching Up the Home? Don't Beat Up the Wallet
- Pull the old switcheroo - Try switching everything around. Re-arranging rooms, rotating pitcutres/artwork, etc., jazzes up any place. And it only costs a little sweat equity on your part.
- One word: Declutter - It's OK to hoard money. Magazines, calendars, and shoeboxes? Not so much. Get rid of junk to reclaim precious square footage and pretty up the house.
- Swap out pulls, knobs and other thingies - For a few bucks, you can refresh rooms with decorative switch plates, drawer pulls, doorknobs and such. Or hit the junk shops and get something funky for even less.
- A little outside trim work goes a long way - Slap some exterior paint (2 gallons = $60) on the window frames, front door, and shutters. $100 can get you new light fixtures, vent covers, and house numbers.
- No paint goes unused - Leftover paint's perfect for rehabbing old patio furniture, decorating flower pots and whitewashing a wooden fence. Use every drop.
- No weed goes unpulled - Spread a few bags of mulch around, trim hedges, plant some flowers - and yes, pull weeds. Sorry, dandelions don't count as flowers.
- Last edited April 30 2009
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