the little things
I'll be covering lots of large scale renovation projects here at house: redesigned, but the truth is, many people don't have the need to or interest in taking on a massive home project. And yet, if it could be hassle-free and inexpensive, wouldn't you love to transform your space every once in a while?? Me too!
Through this renovation and previous projects I've managed, I've discovered a handful of quick and easy methods to breathe new life into familiar surroundings. Could any of these ideas give your home a facelift?
Paint: It's doubtful this is news to you, I know. But it's so true that it's worth saying anyway. A fresh coat of paint in the right color can completely change the atmosphere of a room. Look out for a future full post on paint colors!
Faceplates, Switches, and Outlets: Faceplates and switches are often overlooked. Maybe we don't pay a ton of attention to them when they're worn, scratched, crooked, or covered with paint, but they certainly stand out when they're fresh and new. Even a new, simple, standard replacement has a great impact. And adding a little enhancement (like the square switches we used, or sliding dimmers, or motion sensors) gives the impression of a high end renovation. Imagine giving that impression by just changing out your switches and faceplates and never actually doing any renovating! These are not expensive, but the initial price tag is a bit deceptive. Each upgrade requires both a switch and a plate, and you'll be amazed by how many you have when you start counting. But if you want to price it out, here are some recommendations: switch, plate, receptacle.
Floor Registers: Add a little sophistication and flare with a decorative floor register. The oil rubbed bronze finish matched our other fixtures, but you can select a register that fits with your decor. The nice thing about these is that they're relatively affordable (I purchased these for $12.99 each), and we only needed 5 of them. Typically, floor registers will only be found on your main level, as lower and upper level floors will have wall registers.
Doorknobs and Hinges and the Like: The fact that the original doorknobs and related items were gold left us kind of no choice. But even if you have a choice, fresh new doorknobs can have a HUGE impact on the visual appeal of your home. We chose oil rubbed bronze throughout the house, so that part was easy. But for doorknobs, we also decided to go with a rectangular plate, which adds some visual interest. Here are some of the items we chose: this one (privacy knob) and this one (passage knob). And if you don't have the budget to update all of the doorknobs in your home, you could just focus on the front door, as that's really where your home makes its first impression on guests. Here are some recommendations for exterior door knobs: this one, this one, this one, and this one (if you want to go high tech).