How to Restore Your Home to its Original Condition

If you’ve lived in your home for a number of years, you may notice it’s starting to look dull and a bit shabby.

While changing the decor may give it a lift, it may not be enough to restore it to its original appearance. Renewing the condition of your house might require attention to basic features you don’t think about every day.

Replace the Finishes

The finishes in your home include those basic functional items such as floors, cabinets, and wood trim, as well as fixtures and appliances.

Over time, these can fade, become discolored with age, scratch, or accumulate dirt and grime that won’t easily wash out.

Refinishing hardwood floors or replacing the grout in a tile floor can improve the appearance of the whole room.

Updating cabinets, faucets, and countertops can make your kitchen and bathroom look new again. Also consider replacing worn-out window coverings like curtains and shades.

Deep Clean

If replacing flooring and cabinetry isn’t an option, consider a deep clean. Several products are available for cleaning wood cabinets, but natural substances like vinegar are also effective.

Don’t forget cabinet hardware; grease and grime can hide in the small lines in decorative handles. Remove and soak them, or try using a toothbrush to scrub them clean.

Deep cleaning the carpet can refresh any room. Begin by vacuuming to remove dust, dirt, and pet hair, and then spot clean any stains or areas of heavy traffic.

Finally, scrub the entire carpet with a carpet cleaning machine. Once it’s cleaned, stay off the carpet and close the windows. You should keep the room at 70 degrees to ensure the carpet dries.

Refresh the Paint

Even if you’re not changing colors, you can renew a room by giving it a fresh coat of paint. Normal everyday activities can soil or stain the paint or cause scratches or nicks. Sun exposure can also result in fading.

A fresh paint job can restore doors, window sills, and other trim. Don’t overlook the ceiling; white ceilings, especially, tend to turn yellow or gray over time, especially in heavily used rooms.

Replacing or refinishing everything at once can be a monumental task, as well as a budget-breaker.

But completing one project at a time can lead to a gradual improvement in your home’s interior appearance. In no time, your home will look brighter, cleaner, and more welcoming.

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Maire Shield

Maire Shield worked for 15 years as an interior design consultant in Albuquerque and is now retired after selling her business. She now shares her experience and knowledge through blogging to help other people create a beautiful home for themselves.

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