5 easy ways to give your house a fall facelift
By Aimee Heckel
Summer is fading away, which means less time outside. For a family with kids, this also means more little destructive bodies tornadoing through your living room.
Families naturally spend more time indoors as the weather cools down. Here are five quick and easy ways to give your house a fall facelift — and prepare it for the wintertime war waged by your kids.
1. Touch up the trim. If you have white trim, this means a quick, fresh layer of paint. If you have wood trim, bring out the pledge and polish. Kids (and pets) have a special knack for leaving a film of grime on the trim around doors and windows, and especially the baseboards. It’s important to clean these regularly, but once or twice a year, you may need to repaint or at least touch them up, too. Fall is a great time to do that, because if you don’t now, you’re going to be staring at that discoloration for the next few months.
Feeling extra motivated? Touch up the walls, too — or try a completely new color in one room, or on one wall in a room.
2. Rearrange the walls. Simply moving pictures and wall hangings around can freshen up a home. Most people hang their pictures at eye level, but interior designers actually recommend hanging them slightly above eye level.
Enlarge and print some of your favorite photos from this summer, to fuel you through the winter. Or frame your child’s favorite new piece of artwork, just to keep your decor from growing stagnant. Grainger sells inexpensive picture and document frames, starting just around $5.
3. Update your hardware. Add some new, brushed silver knobs on your kitchen cabinets and bathroom drawers. Replace outdated faucets with modern ones. You will be surprised how dramatically this can improve two of the most important rooms in the house, the kitchen and bathroom.
4. Money-saver: Protect yourself. Grainger is currently running a sale: 15 percent off fall protection products, such as harnesses and lanyards, if your DIY work is a little more involved.
5. Looking for more ways to save money on your home repairs? Check out these online home and garden coupons.
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