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16. Re-Stain Or Paint The Oak
I feel like brass and oak go hand in hand– what were we thinking!? We spend so much time trying to cover it up, and there’s a reason for that, just look at this before and after photo! Staining or painting over an outdated oak banister, cabinetry, or molding is the surest way to bring your home up to the 21st century. Check out the full instructions for this project over at Creations By Kara.
17. DIY Wainscoting
A terrific way to add character to any wall is with wainscoting because it brings dimension and value to plain walls. I especially like this idea for an entry because you could even add hooks and shelving to the top piece of trim. It’s easier than it looks! Go check out the tutorial over at Lovely Crafty Home.
18. Paint Your Sinks & Tubs
I had a garden tub in my master bathroom a few years back that had lost most of it’s coating from years of being cleaned with harsh chemicals and brushes (oops! Hehe), and the cost and process of replacing the tub was ridiculous! We were going to have to take out the window just to get the tub in. After doing a little research, I realized there was a much easier and more cost effective way to get that new tub I really wanted– Epoxy paint! I hired someone to apply it because I was nervous about getting an even coat on such a large surface, but the results were nothing less than amazing. I’ve since moved, but the paint looked the same several years later after being applied.
With my experience, I highly recommend this for covering up outdated or surface scratched sinks or tubs. Check out the full instructions for this sink transformation here. If you’re not comfortable doing it yourself, it’s still a lot cheaper than replacement.