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A Budget Friendly Facelift

If a full-scale remodel is a little out of reach, there are simple, inexpensive ways to refresh the look of your home. You may be surprised the difference reupholstering furniture, adding paint or updating fixtures can make.

Sprucing up your house with no-and low-cost projects can not only help you see your space in a new light, but also potentially increase your home’s resale value. Here are some simple improvements that won’t break the bank.

Rearrange furniture - Altering the layout of furniture in a room can change the entire feel of a space. If you haven’t repositioned your furniture since you first moved in, try it. Stretch what you have even further by “shopping” throughout your house. For example, exchange a chair in your living room for the one currently residing in your office.

Revamp furniture - Buying new furniture can quickly add up. Think about if your old sofa or chair could be improved with a slipcover or upholstery. When it comes to wooden furnishings, a stain or paint can have a similar, refreshing effect.

Embrace textiles - Pillows, window treatments or area rugs can go a long way toward changing the color scheme of a room. Buying fabric by the yard and doing some of these projects yourself can make them even more cost effective.

Paint the walls - If your wall color is dated, faded or boring, adding a splash of color or texture might be just the fix. For less than $20, you can get a gallon of paint to create an accent wall.

• Upgrade old fixtures - When door handles or light fixtures are dragging down the appearance of your home, remember they can easily be changed. Replace the existing ones with modern fixtures that fit your style.

To learn how First Tennessee can help you effectively implement a budget, visit our Savings section

Sources:

1 homedepot.com, May 2012

www.realsimple.com, May 2012

www.savingadvice.com, July 2009

www.bankrate.com, May 2012

www.forbes.com, February 2011

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