For many different reasons, people across the nation have been affected by different home improvement trends. There is the trend towards making more environmentally correct changes in the home, as well as making the home more organized, and even adding outdoor lighting without breaking the bank.
I have listed here 5 home improvement trends that just about any homeowner can do on their own, and they are quite economical to do.
Living Green in the House with New Paint
Painting each room and hallway of your home will give it a fresh, clean new look, and one that you can do yourself. The materials that you will need are paint, paint pan, brush and roller. If you are painting over a dark or vibrant color, you will also need primer. The paint that you choose should be a low or no VOC paint. This is paint that has a low or no volatile organic content. In other words, the fumes won’t be toxic.
Not only will this new paint be healthier for you and your family, it will really be a selling point should you ever decide to sell.
Spring amp; Fall Cleaning
Every year when I do my spring and fall cleaning. I like to take bedding and cushions outdoors, and hang them up to freshen. My husband got a retractable clothes line that permanently attaches to the house, and when I am ready to use it, I put it out and hook it on the hook that he attached to the fence. He got the kit at Home Depot. Everything that he needed came with the kit, and all he needed to attach it was a drill and screwdriver, which we already had. Bedding and linens smell so nice and fresh when you are able to air them out in this manner.
Organization in the Laundry Room
We only had a small space between the dryer and outside wall in which to put shelves for detergent, fabric softener, spot remover and all the other essentials that you need to do proper laundry. Even with small shelves we would have to bend and turn to be able to get what we needed. Then my husband came up with a truly bright idea. We had an old rickety step-ladder that we never used because it was unsafe. He took the ladder apart and attached it to the wall with brackets; one on the top and two on the side. He painted it to coordinate with the room (matching the curtains), and on each wrung of the ladder he used screws to attach a basket. He got the baskets at Walmart, and used his drill to attach the baskets onto each wrung. It really made nice storage, and you would never guess it was all because of a ladder.
We don’t have much natural light coming in the windows on one side of our house. It was worse when we had to use sheer curtains for privacy, because even they would block some of the precious little light. We were at Home Depot getting supplies for another project when we came upon their display of window film. It is easy to use, and you don’t need tools or adhesive as it self-adheres to smooth glass. Our windows are absolutely beautiful, and we have all the privacy we need along with light.
Garden and Walkway
We needed more light on the outside of the house to make the walkway to the front door safer, plus we wanted to draw attention to my husband’s beautiful flowers on the front of the house. We didn’t have a lot of money to hire an electrician to wire new lights, so we got a set of solar lights from Walmart. The sun charges the lights up during the day, and they stay lit well into the night.
Keeping up with home improvement trends is the one thing that you can do to always be happy with your home. Plus it allows pride when you realize that you can do a good part of home improvement trends yourself.
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