As the seasons change and our tastes become a little more defined, many people get tired of looking at the same-old-same-old in their homes. Not everyone is out to completely remodel their dwellings, but most are going to tackle a home improvement project or few. Make sure you’re doing it right by following the tips below.
Keep tabs on how much you spend on your home improvements. It is really easy to nickel and dime yourself with small details and not realize how much you have totaled. A simple spreadsheet or budgeting tool will help you keep track of all this information. It will be much easier at tax time too, to be able to get all of the deductions you deserve.
Prior to panel installation, add stripes of paint to your walls. No matter how carefully you install paneling, it seems the old wall sometimes peeks through. To minimize the effect, before you install the paneling measure off where the panels will meet. Cover that area with a strip of paint that matches the paneling, so it will be virtually invisible.
You don’t have to throw out your old wicker patio furniture. Sure, it may be weathered, but you can make them good as new. Replace your old cushions, or sew a new cover for them. Buy some cheap spray paint in shocking black or elegant white and spray your wicker set in the chosen color. Make sure to wear a protective mask over your mouth for safety. This can make your patio set look good as new and give you a reason to spend the day outdoors.
Instead of wooden flooring or linoleum, use tiles in your kitchen area. Most tiles are easy to clean and more spill proof than any linoleum or wood flooring on the market. They define your kitchen space and keep that area separate from the rest of your dining room or living room.
Does your flooring look aged? Why not remove your old flooring and put sticky wood flooring in its place? Some might consider this cheap, but it can be acceptable. Not only that, but it is easy enough for most people to do it by themselves.
Before removing and replacing old wood floors attempt to refinish them first. In many cases, the original wood flooring of your home has a great deal more value than if you were to replace it. At the same time, many wood floors can be refinished and look as new as ever with less cost than replacing the wood floors altogether.
For a unique alternative to wood flooring, consider covering your floor with brown kraft paper. You can find a variety of techniques described on the internet. Generally, the kraft paper is adhered to the floor with white glue. It can be painted or stained before you apply several coats of polyurethane to seal it.
What you have just learned from the tips above might not be as specific as you need for any one particular project, but you should get a good idea of how you need to prepare for a home improvement project. It’s not just something you should leap into. Use what you’ve learned here to act as your guide.