Thrifty Renovation: Your Next Painting Project!

Thrifty Renovation: Your Next Painting Project!
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    Homeowners seeking to brighten up their homes may want to undertake full-scale renovation, but their finances may not support this option.

    You may be able to borrow the money, but your financial picture isn't strong enough to support loan payments.


A fresh coat of paint can liven any home.

With a fresh coat of paint, you can give your home a fresh look, bringing a sparkle to your cabinets, furniture and walls in a matter of hours. Read on for some tips on how to give your home a thrifty renovation.

Kitchen cabinets — Replacing kitchen cabinet faces can set you back by several thousands of dollars. To give your kitchen a new look, a coat of paint and some paint brushes can give your cabinets a good makeover.

This job is best managed by removing the cabinet faces from the hinges and painting each one individually as this will enable you to paint trim and, if desired, the insides easier. Fix cracks and dents, and use a primer. Choose a color that gives your kitchen a lift and apply. Replace old hardware with new knobs and handles to give your cabinets a more contemporary look.

Your refreshened cabinets will instantaneously update your kitchen, allowing you to buy some time to plan and undertake a more extensive renovation.

Old furniture — Living room and dining room furniture shouldn’t be painted, but a fresh coat of varnish can help breath new life into your buffet, dining room table, chairs and other wood objects. Beyond painting, you can put new coverings on cloth surfaces, giving your living room a new look.

Bedroom furniture is the easiest to paint, with shelves, dressers, tables and chairs well suited for a makeover. You can easily remove these items from your home and place them on the lawn and spray or brush paint. Use a tarp or newspapers for a foundation and paint away. Apply two coats for a fresh look. Replace knobs and handles if desired.

Walls — Neutral colors are safe, but why play it safe? Paint over those drab white walls and add in some color.

Consider painting one wall in a room a different color, to offer a contrast. For example, three walls might be beige and the last wall bright red. That “stand out” wall might also serve as the back drop for some artwork or a simple visual design statement.

For a fresh look throughout the house, consider painting each room a different color. You may need to move or redo some furniture to come up with the right mix or match, but you can have fun doing so.

Final Thoughts

Your related costs for this project will include gallons of primer, paint, sand paper, varnish, knobs and anything else that might give your home a makeover. Your greatest cost is what you buy — you’ll supply the labor or perhaps be joined by family members and friends willing to help you out.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".