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Simple, regular updates can increase the value of your home.
Instead of repainting an entire room, paint one accent wall an eye-catching new color.
Tip: Accent wall should be focal wall behind sofa, large piece of furniture, or bed
Add crown molding for upscale look. Paint molding before installing.
Tip: To minimize cracks and gaps, cope interior corners rather than mitering them.
Regularly paint exterior metal rails and fencing with rust-preventative paint.
One part bleach to three parts water will remove mildew and make paint last longer.
Tip: Spraying is quicker than brushing on paint
Update your home's exterior with newly painted shutters.
Shutters are easier to paint if you remove them from wall. Start by rinsing shutters with garden hose. Thoroughly scrub shutters with degreasing cleanser.
Tip: To kill mildew, spray shutters with one part household bleach/three parts water.
Rinse shutters with plain water and let dry.
Lightly sand shutters with 120-grit sandpaper to help primer adhere. Prime shutters with exterior primer. Have paint clerk tint primer with shutter paint color.
Tip: Vinyl shutters don’t have to be primed, but primer will make paint last longer
Paint the shutters. Have your paint clerk add exterior mildew-cide to paint.
Painting shutters with power sprayer is easiest. To brush on paint, paint joints between louvers and frame, then louvers, then frame.
To finish the new look, install decorative shutter tiebacks.