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We’ve all heard the mantra about how it takes money to make money. It may sound cliché, but according to Usaj Realty, it’s true. The thing is, it’s not just a case of launching buckets of cash at your house. You have to be smarter about it. 

Kitchens

Kitchens are key. Even folks who seldom cook at home want a certain kind of look to their kitchen areas. It’s just one of those things in real estate. Depending on what your plan is, you can go big on things or make smaller changes. On the small side, there are still effective changes you can make. Putting in new backsplashes and touching up some cabinetry won’t cost the world and can make all the difference to the feel of the space. New lights and taps are other easy fixes. If you’re budgeting bigger, you can think in terms of increasing storage space. Installing new cabinets throughout is sure to add value to your home. Another feature that seems big and flashy is a center island. It has a high visual impact on your buck. 

Bathrooms

On a tighter budget, a retile might be your best choice for the visual pop. It won’t cost much and can totally change up a smaller space like a bathroom. If you’re feeling a little more generous, maybe throw in a new set of taps to top it off. For the adventurous at heart, there’s the full refurb option. Get everything out of the room, and give it a total makeover. New toilets, tub, basin, the works. It will be on the hefty side, but you’ll see the rewards if you do it right, especially if the old stuff isn’t great. 

Living Areas

People like space. Living areas ought to be spacious and airy, with as much natural sunlight as possible. On the thrifty end, this could involve as little as lighter coloring and maybe some clever lighting installation. If you’re up for the whole hog, you can literally open up the space. Find out which walls can go, and make things open-plan. Similarly, you can widen windows and doorways where possible, bringing in that sought-after sunshine. 

Bedrooms

What a lot of people look for is clever storage that saves space in a bedroom. Having tall closets can be really helpful, especially ones that are built into the walls. It gives the sense of there being more room when the closets are recessed. Stylistically, creating a smooth and uniform effect is a decent plan. Using lighter colors and having that sense of spaciousness enhanced by closet space going into the walls achieves that effect beautifully.

When in Doubt, Clear Out and Paint! 

This one is true inside the home and out. Clear away as much needless clutter as possible, and paint all surfaces. It’s probably the biggest and cheapest effect out there, and it genuinely makes a huge difference. A fresh lick of paint can enliven any area, especially when you opt for lighter tones. A medley of creams, whites, and off-whites seems to make spaces wider and more appealing. If you can’t do every surface, you should at least touch up the worst ones. 

 

When selling a home, it’s best to get a certain balance right. You don’t want your renovations to seem bland, but you don’t want to be too niche either. Your remodeling should have broad appeal while still being interesting. If you are going to splash some cash, then the alternatives are endless. But, there’s no reason why even fairly substantial changes should break the bank. Ultimately, altering the right bits in the right way can add real dollars to your home’s value. 

If you want to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen, consider refinishing your cabinets. Cabinet refinishing, or cabinet painting, is when you keep all the components of your existing cabinets but simply change the finish or colour of them. There are a few different options for a kitchen cabinet upgrade. Here are some tips to help you along the process and bring professional results.

Be patient and schedule the time

This job will take time and might not turn out as good if you rush things. Removing, preparing, cleaning, sanding, painting or refinishing your cabinet doors and drawer fronts will seem like a tedious task, but the results will be worth it. The best way to go about this project is to hire a painting company that offers cabinet painting in Edmonton, but if you’re handy with a brush, you could do this job yourself. Be patient and plan to spend two full weekends on this kitchen renovation project.

Label your cabinet doors and drawer fronts with tape 

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As you take down the doors and drawer fronts, label them with tape so you know which door goes with which opening after the finishing is complete. Although the doors might appear to be the same shape and size, they could have slight variances. Put a piece of painter’s tape on each cabinet opening and door front with corresponding letters or numbers. You’ll have to remove the painter’s tape when spraying or painting the door fronts but be sure to put it back on once they’re dry for reinstallation.

Some varnish can stay

Typically, you want to remove the old finish of your cabinets before you paint them. Check with a local building supply store for a stain blocking primer and it could save you the hassle of sanding off the all varnish. Quality stain blocking primers can stick to almost anything. If the primer you bought isn’t adhering to your cabinets, then you’ll have to give it a light sanding to rough the surface and allow it to bond.

Don’t cheap out on brushes and rollers 

If you’re not going to spray your cabinets, invest in high-quality paint brushes and rollers. Otherwise, you’ll end up with bristles or bits of roller lint in your finished paint job. This will cause frustration and more time to the project as you’ll have to remove the debris or even redo the job. This easy tip will help you to really make a difference and finish this project successfully.

Consider gloss paint 

Many people choose a glossy paint for kitchen or bathroom cabinet painting. This is because it is more resistant to moisture, dirt and random spills compared to paints with a matte finish. This will make your cabinets easier to wipe down and clean.

Drawing and painting can be quite an intense activities that normally begin with enthusiasm. They are supposed to be a great escape from boredom,a relaxing several hours you take only for yourself and a great thing to do when you need to take a break from everyday life. However, as one gets deeper in the craft, things may become more demanding, so challenging in fact that people forget to have fun while doing it. In everything we do, it is important to work with an open mind and enjoy it in order to get maximum results. With more experience we get better and we progress faster, starting to enjoy more the process of creating.

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Play with Colours and Techniques

One of the things you can do in order to make drawing or painting more fun, is to play with new supplies, new painting surfaces and new ideas. Start by using only basic colours and slowly learn how to mix up tones and create transitions. Don’t be afraid to try out different types of paint, painting techniques and accessories. Experiment by combining classical painting techniques with a brush with some other objects in order to create unusual textures. Combine acrylics, water colours, chalk or even a spray paint with newspaper, yarn or glitter if sparkle is what you prefer.Use stencils to create a unique art which you can display in your home afterwords.

The other thing you could do is play with pastels and try out new things like having a limited colour palette. Challenge yourself and make the experience of creating a whole lot interesting. You could also just open your box of pastels and try using as many colors as possible. At times, the painting will come out fantastic but other times it won’t. However it is, as long as you are excited to try out new things and enjoy the experience of creating, chances are that you’ll be successful at it.

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Create in a Good Atmosphere

Filling the studio or the room where you draw and paint with music can emphasize the whole creative experience. A colorful setting, a lot of natural light and a cozy atmosphere will put you in a happy mood. One thing is sure: it is when you are having the most fun that you create some of the best works of art!

If in the middle of painting or drawing you get tired, demotivated or feel lack of inspiration, there is nothing to worry about. Permit yourself to have fun and play with paint or even the subject matter. You can put green or blue in the faces of the portraits you are creating, which might transcend into something surreal, infinitely creative and interesting. In case the subject matter becomes predictable, try selecting one section of the piece and have fun with new textures and materials. Don’t over think the process, just be spontaneous and you will find new creative possibilities emerging.

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The same goes for drawing where you could use colouring pencils and experiment with new things. Try drawing abstracts as they can be very exciting, as well. Be sure to use quality colouring pencils that are smooth and pigmented and that will make the whole drawing process easier and more enjoyable.

Push yourself into the dimension of infinite creativity and allow yourself to get lost in it. Through combination of colours, textures and patterns, the thrill will follow.

Whether we want to admit or not, colours’ are giving meanings to our lives – just try to imagine your surroundings being colourless and you’ll realize that colours really make our lives and give beauty to it. This especially applies to our living spaces, which now, when modern era completely changed our lifestyle, should become precious oasis where we seek for peace, relaxation and inspiration. So, if you wondered what hues your living nook should embrace, this is the list of unavoidable colours you should stick to this year:

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Light blue

Blue was always known as more cold than warm colour, but paler nuances combined with other colours have the power to soften the entire space and provide immense dose of tranquillity. Light blue spectra is this year light desirable more than ever, especially because it allows creating transparent, but still modern and comfy appearance, so dare to combine it with cool grey nuances.  If your home lacks relaxing spirit, paint your walls or floors into light blue with a hint of bolder grey.

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Greek blue

Inspired by powerful Mediterranean ambient, Greek blue is instantly reviving and refreshing, and, as such, unavoidable for living rooms missing energy and richer look. This is the hue of oceans and clear skies and it’s great to be paired with contrasted vivid colours, especially with pink and grey.

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Pastels, but frosty ones

Pastels are like eternal classic, so you can stay loyal to them as long as you opt for radiant nuances exuding a dose of frozen and neon shine. Frosty pastels are perfect for walls and prevailing interior pieces, but you should spice them with bright tones to avoid over – united look. So, pastels lovers, feel free to embrace Dandelion tea, secret blush (something like bleached purple), elusive blue and dreamscape grey, but vivid look fans can stick to mint green, light pink or aqua hues.

Earthy brown as perfect contrasting

Yes, 2015 colour trends are glorifying bright colours, but dark wood as well as muddy brown nuances are also welcome, most likely for spaces where bright elements should be more accentuated. Earth brown palette is best if applied on walls when furniture and decor come in dirty pink and white with eventual haze blue accents.

Pop of optimistic brights

Radiantly bright colours, such as bold and soft purple, natural orangey, plastic lime and sonic blue are the hits of the season, and great for adding energetic accents to conversation areas, especially dining room. However, use them carefully, best on shelving decor and some furniture parts, where you can reach impressively alluring ambient if pair them with neutral walls and floors.

Muddy warms

Rustic, muddy appearance comes back to our homes, especially to those spirited with vintage motifs and old-fangled decor. A space warming up was never so easy, so rely on subtly and kind of dirty nuances, preferably olive green, dusty mint, aubergine and rusty tones. Combine them with grey, ivory, and if you’re brave enough, dramatize things with bright decor accessorize.

Explosion of colours will definitely reach its maximum this year, both in fashion and interiors, telling us once again that life without colours is empty and not exciting at all.

Painting your home is one of the most important things for the general impression that it is going to create. It is exactly for this reason that most people decide to hire professionals to do it. Although the proper painting equipment is not that expensive to buy and acquire, painting itself is far from easy. Still, this does not mean that it is something that you couldn’t do properly on your own. Just follow these few tips and tricks and you will in no time be able to paint your home like a pro.

 

Protect the surfaces in the room

Before you start with the very process of painting, it is vital that you first prepare the room properly. Try to remove from the room anything that can be moved with ease, and as for the rest try to find a way to cover it. Cover your furniture, sometimes even parts of your floor with something old, something you wouldn’t miss too much if it was ruined. Another great idea is to try and cover it with some outdated newspapers. Although some professionals pride themselves in never staining this is mostly just plain boasting. Better be safe than sorry.

 

Getting the right equipment

Now, before you start on your quest to transform your with the use of colors, you need to acquire the right tools for the trade. First of all you will need some things for preparation, or the first stage of your painting process, such as spackle and spatula, some soap and water solution and painter’s tape. Next you need some painting equipment like paint brush, roller and paint tray. After you have all of this covered it is time to start worrying about the paint itself.

 

The choice of paint

First thing that you must have in mind here is the fact that painting is not something you do that often. Your walls require painting at most once every few to several years so when you do decide to do this, do it properly. However the key to this is finding the right interior paint. Color is also crucial here since it is known that different nuances can effect human psyche in different ways. Just remember if you don’t like the color, or later find that that particular paint won’t stick, you will be the one who will suffer for it. A bit of negligence here can cause you some serious problems for you in the future.

 

Be careful about the dipping

Dipping your roller into the paint is a skill on its own. Throwing it inside the tray all the way, every time is not a way to go, and can cause your paint to seem unequal or cause it to drip all over. Try inserting just the tip of your roller and then rotate it with you finger in order for it to properly soak up the paint. For those who do not have enough confidence to try this on their own, getting a specially designed roller called the paintstick might be just the thing you need.

 

The right direction

In the end, it is essential that when you start applying paint, you do so top to bottom. Gravitation forces paint to slide down the walls, so if you start form the bottom the paint will just pile at the base. On the other hand if you start from top and roll down towards the floor you can turn this situation to your own advantage and this is why this kind of painting motion is the only proper one.

Not everything is about money. It is true that for the right fee a professional can paint your home in a matter of hours. However, just the knowledge that you did something with your own two hands can often be enough for people to make up their mind for a DIY painting project. The choice is all yours but if in the end you do decide to paint on your own, make sure that you do this by the book and do both yourself and your walls a gigantic favor.

After some time, your shiny new home is not so fresh and exciting any more. Living room is a place where you spend most of your time at home, where you entertain your guests, so it is important to enjoy the time while you’re there. If you are tired of the way your living room looks like, you can renovate and buy whole new furniture. But, if you don’t want to spend that much money, the easiest way would be to simply refresh your living space, without any major investments. Here are a few suggestions how to do that, I hope you will have some fun doing it.

Start with your walls
The fastest and the easiest way to refresh the whole look of your living room (or any other space for that matter) is to repaint your walls. You can change the color of the walls every few years, and enjoy in a new living room whenever you feel like it. Different colors are very powerful tools you can use to highlight good sides of your space, and hide the imperfections. Note that dark colors can make your room seem smaller and more intimate, and light colors will optically enlarge the place, so use that in your advantage. A great way to make some change is to repaint your door too, that will give your place a whole new look right from the entrance.

Look at the floors
If you still have that old wall-to-wall carpet in your living room, let that be the first thing you will throw out. Keep your carpet under the coffee table, and if your living room is big enough, you can put footcloths in a few carefully chosen places. If the carpet you already have in your living room is tedious, you don’t have to buy a new one right away. You can simply move the carpet from the living room into the bedroom, for example, and the one from the bedroom into the living room and voila – your floor looks fresh and new.

Let there be light
Illumination is very important in every living space, especially in your living room. Choose the right one and it will give your room a refined look and luminous satisfaction when you’re in that place. Keep in mind that you can accomplish much more with a few strategically placed floor and table lamps, than with one big chandelier in the middle of the ceiling.

Move around
Your place will be different and fresh if you change your furniture, but you don’t have to go all the way and replace it with new pieces. It will be enough if you just move around your existing furniture and change the setting. There is one rule – don’t block your path through the room, nor the doors and windows. Everything else is allowed and welcome. You can also redo one or two of your pieces of furniture with new upholstery or with new and interesting covers.

Decorations
It’s safe to say that new decorative pieces play a major role in your refreshing job. Living room decoration ideas such as replacing the painting on your wall with a few smaller ones or making a decorative piece yourself will make a drastic change. Also, plants and flowers can be a fresh wave in your living space. Place them in different positions throughout the room, and all the variety of colors of the flowers and green from the plants will breathe a new life into your old living room.