There are so very many things we can do to class up our home. Some projects can be expensive. But there are many which don’t cost quite so much that can leave a lasting impression. Here are a few ideas that can make a difference.
Replace the door knobs and hinges on the interior doors with bright brass fixtures. The cost of a bright brass interior lock is about $15 – 20, and the hinges are about $5 each (a door will need either 2 or 3). The time to replace them would take about one hour per door, including the hinges.
Paint your front door. A fresh coat of paint on your door will make it look as if it were new. If you add a color besides white, you can really make a statement. One gallon of paint will cost about $25 – $45, and it would take about one hour.
Add a door knocker and kick plate to your front door. This also will create a classy look, especially if you use bright brass. These can be seen from a long way away, making the front entrance welcoming. The cost for a door knocker is about $15 – $20 and the kick plate would be about the same.
Replace ordinary toggle switches in the public rooms with dimmers. You will be amazed how a lower level of light can create a wonderful effect. If you have different lights on different switches in the same room, you can decide which part of the room you want to accent just by increasing that level of lighting.Dimmer switches run between $10 to $30, depending upon the style. One note to make however is that if you use the compact florescent bulbs, you will need a special dimmer, and maybe special bulbs.
Replace a kitchen or powder room faucet. A new faucet makes things sparkle and can really make a difference in the looks of things. Be sure to use a brand name faucet and not a cheap brand. These are readily available for under $100.
Create a new effect by mounting picture rails in public areas. These rails are easily mounted to the walls and can hold several framed pictures. Another trick would be to occasionally swap out the pictures, keeping visitors on the lookout to see what you have added.