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How to Find Your Individual Design Style

Your Style. How do you want your house to look? What style would you choose? Go for eclectic. What is eclectic? Eclectic means mixing styles to create a style that is all yours. You want a style that represents you and makes you feel comfortable. Your style will include all kinds of different items that you are attracted to. You want to be able to put those items together cohesively so that they are inviting and pleasant to the eye. Every space in your house does not have to have something in it. One way to know what you want in your house is to think back to pictures of homes and homes you’ve visited and what appeals to you. Google pictures of living rooms or the room you want to decorate and look through them all. Take inspiration and ideas from these pictures. Think of ways to use items you have to get the look you see in the pictures. Use your items in non-traditional ways to give the feel of something you have seen before. Go to the library and check out the interior design books available, they have tons of pictures to set your imagination on fire. Don’t choose the neutral, matchy-match room because you think it looks good and may impress others. Choose what you love. Choose the orange wall with the faded black table if that’s what appeals to you. When you make your home feel welcome and inviting for you, your friends and visitors will see your personality in it. Your visitors enjoy your company, therefore, they will enjoy the experience of spending time in your home. That’s how you will make an impression on them, not by having a home that looks like the cover of a furniture store catalog.


How to Remodel Your Kitchen on the Cheap


Do you have a drab kitchen and not much money?

Here are some great tips to help you redo your kitchen without spending too much money.

Idea #1: Paint your cabinets, sand them down lightly by hand, enough so that the primer will stick. Paint a coat of primer. No need to paint the inside of your cabinets or the back of your cabinet doors, unless you really want to. Then paint 2 to 3 coats of your favorite color on your cabinets. Why not? Go for it. What could be more pleasant than your favorite color to start and end your day?
Idea #2: Remove the cabinet doors. Do you have pretty dishes, pots and pans? Display them in an organized cabinet. For this, you may want to paint the interior of your cabinets. You can line the shelves in your cabinet with sticky shelf paper found at Wal-Mart.
Idea #3: Add fabric to the cabinets. Go to your nearest fabric store and buy 3 yards of your favorite fabric. It doesn’t matter what it is made of, as long as you love it. It can be cotton, fleece, upholstery fabric, whatever. Buy some non-stick velcro. Staple one side to the inside of your cabinets. You will need to hand or machine sew the other side of the velcro to the top of your fabric. You may also need a hem on the bottom and sides of your fabric, depending on what kind you bought. You can do a no-sew hem by using Stitch Witchery. You can buy a roll for about $2. All you need is an iron. Fold your fabric over, about 1/2-1 inch. Iron it, then place the Stitch Witchery under the nice fold. Iron it again. Now you have a beautiful hem. Stick the curtains up and when you need to wash them, just take them down and throw them in the washer.
Idea #4: Do you need more storage space? Put an old dresser or china hutch in your kitchen for extra storage. If you’re not sure if it will work, paint it the color of the cabinets or choose a coordinating color. Paint is a miracle worker. It can make the ugliest, drabbest piece of furniture look like a stunner! For furniture painting, I really like oil paint because it doesn’t chip easily and it’s shiny. When using oil paint, there is no need to buy paint thinner to clean your brush. Make a plan to complete your project in 1 day, you will need 2-3 coats, so start with the first coat and then wrap your oil paint covered brush in a plastic grocery bag, put it in the refrigerator or freezer, while you wait for the first coat to dry. Take it out and paint the second coat. When you are satisfied, just throw the brush away. No need to clean it. Adding unique furniture pieces creates a sense of charm and warmth in an otherwise typical space. It’s unexpected.
Idea #5: Ugly laminate countertops? I’ve had those before. I painted those too. Just sand down the laminate so the paint will stick. Primer it, then paint it. I did a faux finish that looked like granite. You could just paint it black or grey to give it an up-to-date feel. Then be sure to use 3 coats of oil-based polyeurethane to give it a hard coating. Then it will be water proof and easy to clean, just like it was before.
Idea #6: Window coverings. Why cover the kitchen window? I love having my kitchen window over my sink to see the outdoors. Sunlight improves mood. If you have to cover it for privacy, cover it with light or white curtains that can be easily opened for the day and easily removed to throw in the wash. Are you lacking windows in your kitchen? Hang a favorite cheery painting or photo over your most used workspace . Also, a mirror is great. It will reflect light and make the room feel brighter! I once hung a large picture frame in my laundry room. I had blue fabric under the glass and I painted lines to make it appear to be a 4 paned window. It just made the small closed in room feel more airy.
Idea #7: Wall colors. Does your kitchen have colored walls and/or ceilings right now? Be bold, paint it all a bright white! You will not believe the total change in the room. You will feel fresher and more energetic every morning when you walk in for your cup of coffee!
Idea #8: What about those old ugly appliances that still work? Did you know you can paint them? Get some oil-based Rustoleum paint and revitalize them, even make them a matching set. You can also glue beadboard to them. The beadboard will give them a custom look, and cost you very little. Just trim out the beadboard with some molding and voila.
Idea #9: Analyze your kitchen. How do you currently use your kitchen? Is there a table and chairs that are just taking up space? Remove them and add your favorite reading chair for a cute little coffee/reading nook. Or, you can put in a dresser for more storage. What about some bar stools that never get used? Take them out and put a small bookshelf under the overhang. Use the shelves as a mudroom. Shoes on the bottom, backpacks and coats on the other shelves. A place for you and the kids to leave necessary items that you need everyday.
Is there anything else I can help you with? E-mail me with your questions, I would love to help. My e-mail is I would also love to see your before and after photos. Happy cheap remodeling!

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