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Remodeling on a Budget

Use these step-by-step instructions to get the room you've always wanted — on a budget.

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Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

glass brick
latex-based mortar
backerboard
putty knife
spackling
sandpaper
interior paint
rollers and covers
brushes
painter's tape
floor sander
varnish
laminate replacement boards
pry bar
ductless cooling and heating system w/ professional installation
solar tubes
Skill saw
hammer
wood nails
frame
fabric/wallpaper

Update an Old Fireplace

Cover old fireplace surround with new glass tile.

Tip: Glass tile even goes over brick.

Use latex-based mortar for quick hold and you won't need spacers

Give Floors a New Look

Sand natural wood floor and apply new varnish. If boards are stained, apply wood stain in same color.

Remove damaged laminate boards and replace with new boards.

Have a Cooling and Heating System Installed

To save cost of new ductwork or new HVAC central system, have ductless cooling and heating system installed professionally.

Add Paint

Do your own painting.

Thoroughly clean walls and fill and sand holes or cracks, then use high-quality brushes and nap rollers. To avoid lap marks, apply paint in small sections keeping wet edge.

Frame fabric or wallpaper and hang as artwork.

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