Home-sweet-what-mess-did-I-get-myself-into-with-never-ending-projects-home. That’s how the saying should go. Still alive and kicking at a mere 70 years old, our house has lots of character and also lots of projects. I’ve found (à la learning the hard way) that when beginning a “project,” the best way to avoid tears or feeling overwhelmed and intimidated is to start small. In most cases there are little fixes that can be done that make a huge difference. The top of our basement stairs was one of those spots that I wanted to just hide away — old, dingy and blasé. With a few, simple cosmetic makeovers it looks like a whole new space and one I don’t need to hide away anymore! To Do
- Rip up old floor and retile it
- Replace light fixture
- Replace switchplates
- Paint door
- Redecorate space — chalkboard, curtain and rod
- 12 x 12 groutable, self-adhesive tiles, $15
- Tile adhesive, $8
- Mini polyester roller, $1
- 1/8-inch tile spacers, $3
- Premixed grout, $9 (comes in different colors to match your tile choice)
- Plastic putty knife, $1
- Paint, $5
- Curtain material, $3
- Rod and curtain rings, $9
- Light fixture, $7
- Switch plate and switch, $3
- Chalkboard, $12 (antique store find!)
- Utility knife
- Use curtain rod ring, clips and a couple of yards of fabric, hemmed at each end. This lets you pick a patterned or textured material that is unique to you and your space.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions at your hardware store — they’re always very helpful and willing to give advice.
- If you have a small space to paint, like a door, look at buying the paint testers. They’re much less expensive than a quart or gallon, and you can still get any color you want mixed. Another bonus — less waste!