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Upgrading Your Home Series: Episode 1

A quick and easy solution to upgrade your home and give it a fresh, new look without spending a lot of money or time is painting.

Home updates can include smaller paint projects to ensure a finished look. These items can range from stairs, handrails, trim, molding, and doors. If these “little” things are left with faded, dirty, or peeling surfaces, it will degrade the appearance of your home even if the walls and siding are freshly painted. 

If you are painting your interior walls, the best paint finishes to use are flat, eggshell, and satin paint. Flat will show finger prints and not wash off as easy. An eggshell finish has a subtle shine to it, is easier to clean, and is a great choice if you’re not ready for the satin shine. Satin finishes are sometimes great to use in a bathroom setting.

If you are focusing on the smaller paint projects, such as window trim, your choice of paint will depend on the material of the trim. Window trim can be made from wood, vinyl, aluminum, or steel. Use a glossy finish paint, NOT a flat or eggshell. A glossy finish will repel dirt and is easier to clean. Windows are said to be the eyes of your home, and freshly painted trim will make those eyes pop!

Want to paint your front doors? Make sure to use a satin or semi-gloss outdoor paint to help prevent wear and tear! Your interior doors can be painted too. Don’t forget to paint the door frame too! 

Stairs are an important functional element in a home. If you are unhappy with the color and style of your stairs, try painting them to change up the aesthetics! Or if you don’t want to paint the entire staircase, try just painting the handrails & banister to brighten the finish or for a pop of color. Try a soft black paint color for a modern look, or for a clean, crisp look, paint them white. If you want to paint the part of the stair where your foot lands, which is called stair treads, it is recommended to use darker colors because of the foot traffic. Dark colors will hide imperfections and help hide wear and tear. Stair uprights are a great place to play with color, as they are one of the easier parts of the stairs to update. For an elegant look, paint them bright white. Try an olive green or charcoal color to liven up your home. You can also paint the stair spindles. These can easily date the look of your home if they need a refresh. Paint them white and the banister black for a classic look that never goes out of style. 

I hope this has been helpful. Be on the lookout next week for our next chapter on Upgrading Your Home Series.

And as always, if you have any real estate questions, give us a call! My team and I are on standby 7 days a week, ready to help you take the smoother road to sold! 


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