Invest a little cash and get a big improvement in how your home looks and feels.
Plant an Evergreen Screen
How to do it: Plant an evergreen screen on the north side
of your house to block winter winds. Arborvitae ‘Green
Giant’ can climb 3 feet in one year.
Hook Yourself Up
How to do it: Wall-mount a row of hooks above your kitchen counter to keep dish towels and measuring cups at the ready.
Turn a Closet Into a Home Office
How to do it: Unhinge the door and trade hanging rods for shelves—a deep one for the desktop and two shallow ones above for storage.
Tone Down Brassy Hardware
How to do it: Take the gleam off like-new brass hinges and doorknobs with a simple rub of a darkening solution
How to do it: Add a shelf above a doorway, paint it to match the trim, then use it to display pottery.
Brush On a Welcome Mat
How to do it: Make this diamond-patterened ruglike mat on your stoop by mapping the design with painter’s tape and using a
roller to put colors in their places.
Give Your Porch Some Space
How to do it: Paint your porch ceiling sky blue to create a more spacious feeling.
Add a Ceiling Medallion
How to do it: Highlight a hanging light fixture with some decorative interest at the ceiling.
Hang a Mirror
How to do it: Hang an oval-shaped mirror like a pendant from a decorative chain for an elegant look in a bath, bedroom, or foyer.
Add a Stainless Backsplash Behind Your Stove
How to do it: Nail an easy-to-clean panel on the wall or right over tired tile.