The power points in my house were scratched, painted over and yellowed. In less than 5 minutes I updated the look and made the bathroom pop. Notice that these switch plate covers go over the whole power point area, so no need to replace the more tricky electrical part, just put this over the top. Just be sure to buy the correct ones, less than $3 each from Home Depot.
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Sunken coir floor mats, popular in European homes, are a handsome and practical way to deal with entrance ways in mudrooms or out to the deck. Order the natural fibre coir online and cut it to size easily.
The mat can be used by setting it on top of your flooring, but it can also be recessed. Recessing the mat was great solution for updating damaged tiles by my deck slider. First I removed more than just the damaged tile to create a full width channel which looked better with the slider. I then cut the mat to size and placed it into the recess.
Coir is a sustainable natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut. It’s environmentally friendly, another great selling point as research shows that buyers are on the look out for green features in houses. You can lift out the mat and shake it for deeper cleaning than vacuuming in high traffic areas.
Most buyers loathe 1970s brass handles as they make houses feel dated. But who wants the trouble and expense of replacing all the door handles? No need! You can update the look quickly and cheaply. When I moved into my ranch house every interior door handle (and all the door hinges) were brass. I wanted a quick update without replacing all those handles. I also painted some of the wood doors white (a coat of BIN primer then three thin coats of white paint put on with a small foam roller and the doors entered the 21st century!)
I followed these instructions (though I skipped the primer step as you can see from the image below that the spray includes a primer). I updated my brass fixtures for the cost of some brushed nickel spray paint and a spray on clear varnish. Be patient, either remove the handles (very easy) or mask everything and spray lightly, twice. As well as saving on new door handles, this saved me the cost of the labor for someone to change them.
It worked for all my bath fittings and a black light fitting too! Everything that I sprayed is holding up to everyday wear and tear perfectly which is also what the link says – handles are still great two years later.