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March Break is a fantastic time to cross a few home improvements off of your list. While the changeable winter weather means you won’t be re-siding the house or landscaping the yard, there are plenty of projects you can take on indoors. Grab your toolbox and do-it-yourself, or hire a home improvement professional to help spruce up your home interior.
Repaint and Wallpaper
Winter can definitely bring on the doldrums. Give a room an instant face lift by repainting or adding wallpaper. Changing your wall decor can make a room look brighter, cozier or even more spacious. Bring focus to a large room by having one wall with a pop of color or a bright print. Use painting and wallpaper to divide up a multi-purpose space like a living room/dining room. If you’re not sure what would look best, consult an interior designer. He or she will also be able to point you in the direction of reputable professionals to paint and hang wallpaper for you.
Couches and chairs can take a lot of abuse, especially during the winter months when you and your family spend loads of time indoors. Rather than tossing a beat-up ottoman or that well-worn couch, get it reupholstered. You can reupholster furniture yourself–but if you’re a novice be forewarned that reupholstery can be time consuming and ultimately frustrating, especially if you are covering a large piece, like a couch. Save yourself the headache and hire a professional upholsterer to get the job done.
No one wants to spend the winter in a house that’s full of clutter. Get organized this winter by installing both shelving and bookcases in your home office or living room. You can opt for custom shelving, especially if you have an odd-shaped room. Custom shelving allows you to pick exactly what you want, without the headache of trying to install it yourself. But check out your local home supply store, too. Bring along your measurements, and their people can make custom cuts, show you refinishing tricks, and save you a bit of money.
Soap scum and hard water can do a number on your bathroom tiling. While cleaning them regularly can keep damage at bay, giving your shower a set of new tiles can take a bathroom from old to new in an instant. Switch out your ceramic tiles for new, or outfit your shower in a pretty mosaic. Tiling can also create a beautiful backsplash in your kitchen. Contact a respected tiling contractor to help you get an estimate, choose tiles and complete the installation.
You don’t have to take on all these projects at once. Winter is the time of year you spend the most amount of hours indoors, and you don’t want to be living in a construction zone. Invest in one home improvement at a time. Both your budget and your sanity will thank you.
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By Megan Mostyn-Brown