Making a new house feel like a home can be quite a process. The tasks may seem daunting, but you have to do what you can to make it feel less foreign. It doesn’t have to be expensive or exhausting to get it started. Luckily, there are several shortcuts you can take to be on the way to the home of your dreams. These tips will turn it all around fast.
Nothing says this place is new like a fresh coat of paint. It is the most common thing that people want to change when moving into a new home. I know what you are thinking, paint can get expensive! It doesn’t have to be. Ask your local hardware store if they have any mixed paint they need to sell. If the wrong color was mixed for a customer, they might be selling it at a big discount to get it out of the store. You can also check out your local landfill. Instead of disposing of unwanted paint, many of them give it away for free. I once found a barely used five gallon bucket of beautiful Behr paint. It’s not all old or ugly!
Another easy thing to give a facelift to is the existing cabinet hardware. Now I’m not saying buy all new hinges and knobs. You can easily upgrade the cabinet and door knobs with a fresh coat of paint. Make sure you remove the pieces, clean them extremely well and use the appropriate products. There are many products meant to go over metal and such things. Once dry, put them back and enjoy the fresh appearance. This can be done in a day and will make an incredible difference. A local company in my area, Major’s Home Improvement, does an incredibly cool cabinet renovation where they cover the cabinets in laminate, giving them a new appearance. It is an awesome, cost-effective option.
Don’t underestimate the power of a well put together entry way. The scope of your project will depend on the size of your house front. If you are lucky enough to have a lot of room to work with, you can add a bench, large potted plant, or even a table. For those of us with smaller entry ways, a small potted plant assortment and wreath or door hanger can spruce things up quite a bit. It doesn’t have to be brand new either. I often upgrade old ceramic and terra cotta pots with brightly colored paint to give my home a facelift.
A well manicured outdoor area can do a lot to spruce up your new home. Having a yard that you can take pride in is a great accomplishment. You don’t have to go overboard to make a big impact either. A lush, green lawn is a good goal to have. Go to the hardware store and buy a big bag of grass seed. Spreading it yourself is a process and the grass production won’t be achieved as fast as buying sod would, but it is a heck of a lot easier on the wallet. Flower beds are a beautiful, customizable addition to your landscaping project. Plant whichever plants and flowers that you desire and then just fill in the empty space. You can use a variety of fillers such as mulch, pine straw and even rocks. It is a good way to fill up a large area in a short amount of time.
With a small amount of effort, you can turn that new house into a home in no time. Whether you are planning to splurge and have someone do the work for you, or if you are planning on doing it yourself, starting with these four projects will make a huge impact. We all deserve to have a home that we are proud of.