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Title: Five Easy Do-It-Yourself Home Updates

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  • If you have been spending a lot more time at home
    lately, chances are you are finding yourself
    wanting to make changes. You may suddenly wonder
    why did I choose that light fixture, when did my
    carpet get so dingy, or how did I not see that
    room needed to be repainted? Finding a contractor
    to help with renovations can be hard to come by
    with so many people opting to remodel their homes
    versus spending money on vacations.
  • Luckily, there are a lot of DIY projects you can
    take on yourself.

  • Repainting a space not only completely transforms
    a room, but it is also an affordable way to give
    it a quick refresh. If you are nervous about
    trying a new color, consider painting an accent
    wall to sample a color without a huge commitment.
    An accent wall looks great behind a bed in a
    master bedroom or can be used to accentuate an
    architectural feature like high ceilings and
    angles. Consider painting a built-in cabinet or
    the backs of your bookcases to create a dramatic
    focal point. If you are looking to spruce up the
    exterior of your home, choose a pop of color for
    your front door to make it more welcoming.
  • Make sure to invest in the proper tools and take
    time to prep your surfaces. Picking up the proper
    supplies like painters tape, a roller with a
    long pole for hard to reach places, and spackle
    will make your end result look professional.
    Another pro tip To avoid roller marks, paint the
    walls with a W pattern and dont forget the
    second coat!

  • Peel and stick wallpaper has come a long way
    since the contact paper we used to line drawers
    in the 1980s. Todays papers feature on trend
    geometric patterns, subtle linen textures, and
    can even be made with an image of your choice to
    create a personalized wall mural. This is an
    especially great option if you are renting a
    property because you can customize your space now
    and remove it when your lease ends. Consider
    using wallpaper not only on your walls but also
    to update older furniture and to perk up your
    stair risers. Peel and stick paper can work
    wonders on dated flat panel cabinets and give
    them an instant update, making a drab and dreary
    laundry room suddenly a charming space.
  • When tackling your wallpaper job make sure to use
    a level so your paper hangs straight. If you are
    using paper with a pattern, make sure to take the
    time to line the pattern up. This may mean you
    need to order additional yardage, but the end
    result will be worth it.

  • Another easy project you can tackle on your own
    is adding a frame to a basic builders grade
    mirror. MirrorMate Frames makes a custom mirror
    kit that you can use to frame a mirror while it
    is already on your wall. Simply fill out a
    measuring form, choose a frame, order it online,
    and they will ship it to you in about a week. The
    frame adheres to the face of your mirror and
    gives it an entirely new look.
  • A bonus perk They offer free design advice so
    you can have help choosing a frame to work with
    your décor. Consider adding one to your master
    bathroom for a chic new look, your powder room
    for a mini makeover, or to refresh a mirror over
    your fireplace. Whether you prefer traditional,
    coastal, transitional, contemporary, or modern
    farmhouse, they have a frame that works for you!

  • Using a tile saw and messing with grout can be a
    daunting task. If you are looking to add a
    kitchen backsplash and dont have tiling skills,
    consider using a peel and stick tile for a quick
    update. There are many different styles to choose
    from, whether you are looking for a timeless
    subway tile, a bold modern geometric pattern, or
    a linear glass-looking accent tile. Some stick-on
    tile even has texture like real brick. Dont shy
    away from using tile in unexpected places, like
    the back of a kitchen workstation to add a pop of
    color, around a dated fireplace surround to add
    some visual interest, or in the backs of your
    bookcases or cubbies to make them stand out. The
    best part is, if you get tired of the pattern you
    have chosen, they are easily removable!
  • Make sure to have the proper tools on hand to
    ensure a smooth installation, including a level
    and a utility knife. You may also have to prep
    the surface you are applying the tile to. Experts
    recommend cleaning the wall with a degreaser and
    smoothing out any textured surfaces.

  • Has watching home design shows suddenly made you
    crave one of those gorgeous wood accent walls?
    Whether you prefer a rustic farmhouse look, a
    sleeker mid-century modern vibe, or a
    contemporary bamboo look, you can now create your
    own wood accent wall by using wood planks that
    adhere to your wall. Peel and stick wood walls
    are a great way to create a dramatic focal point
    over your fireplace or in a bedroom. They also
    look great in a mudroom where you want something
    durable on the walls. You can also get creative
    with the patterns you create. You can opt for a
    horizontal linear pattern, a vertical run or even
    create a herringbone look.
  • Since wood can swell or shrink due to the
    moisture in a room, experts recommend letting the
    wood acclimate to the climate of your home for
    about three days before installation. This will
    give you ample time to prepare the surface by
    cleaning, priming, and removing any nails from
    the wall.

  • The more time you stay at home, the more time you
    may notice things you want to do to give your
    home a refresh. Thankfully, there are a lot of
    projects you can do yourself that will give it an
    instant update and add your own personal style,
    making it welcoming when you are able to
    entertain guests again.

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    easy-to-install frames at