Start Inexpensive home updating

Inexpensive home updating

Purchased: One quart of white latex enamel and one paint brush.

Purchased: one 5-gallon bucket each of paint and matching tinted primer in a bright, cheery color, plus painting supplies. Can It's amazing what a little bit of paint can do—and yes, we we were lazy.

(We didn't need quite that much paint, by the way.) Go ahead and roll your eyes: Our living room was “blessed” with that dark, fake-wood wall paneling that was so popular in the 1970s. We primed/painted right over everything, even though the previous owners were heavy smokers.

We decided on a move date and told people about it so we would to do it.

Not to mention a modern look to replace the dated and noisy one. The day we moved in we pulled off the kitchen's original, faded floral wallpaper. After sanding the walls we painted the kitchen walls with some of the living room's paint.

We skipped the primer because we'd just painted the room. We painted the windows, trim and baseboards in both the kitchen and living room at the same time. Wrought iron hardware is incredibly old-fashioned, and dark wood can make small rooms feel dismal.

We removed all the old hardware, filled the holes, and painted the cabinets vanilla white.

We kept our eyes open for sales at the big box stores and scoured the bargain racks at Wal-Mart, buying what we knew we would need down the road.