Quick Home Updates

by Phyllis DiBlasi, GRI, CRS 07/14/2019

Whether prepping your home for sale or just wanting a fresh new look, you don't need to redo the whole house completely. Instead, change out a few critical pieces for something more modern or timeless. Here are a few ways to bring your dated home into the Twenty-first Century.

  • Wall paint: Okay, this one is an easy decision, but, don’t just repaint the same old way. Instead, give each wall a slightly different shade of the same hue to create a dramatic effect. Even neutrals like gray and taupe come in a vast variety of colors. Pick one for your main wall, then one with twenty-five percent white, and then one with fifty percent white for a simple version. In the kitchen, paint above the cabinets a darker shade than the walls to give the appearance of depth and dimension. If you have architectural alcoves or niches, give them the deeper shade. Nothing says so-last-year like chalkboard walls and stencils. Keep the blank slate in the kid’s playroom and update your kitchen with a sophisticated adult color.
  • Ceiling paint: If your ceiling still has the contractor color (the same as the walls), consider changing it up with a bright white. White with a hint of blue reflects light with a more natural sunlight color while white that leans slightly creamy gives the room a warm glow. 
  •  Smooth ceilings: If your home has popcorn ceilings, an immediate update comes with scraping off the texture and smoothing the plaster. Before you begin this project, however, check with a professional to see if your ceiling's surface contains asbestos. If that's the case, you'll need to hire certified asbestos abatement to remove the existing ceiling.
  • Stair railings: Nothing dates a house like an elaborate wood railing with turned spindles or an iron railing with curls and swoops. Swap out the existing one for a simple, yet classic style that spans the decades.
  • White appliances: While moderately expensive, changing out white devices for stainless steel moves your kitchen into the current decade and won't look too out of place with the rest of the kitchen. But, if you're going to upgrade the entire kitchen, go one step further with graphite, blue-gray, or slate units, in high gloss or matte finishes.

If you’re curious about what trends are popular in your neighborhood, visit open houses to see what others are doing, and check with your local realtor.

About the Author
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Phyllis DiBlasi, GRI, CRS

Excellence in Action Originally hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Phyllis DiBlasi is a graduate of Saint Agnes Hospital School of Nursing with a degree in Nursing as well as earning a Business Degree from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A resident of Sarasota, Florida since 1995, Phyllis has found "Paradise" amidst its pure white sandy beaches which are touted as the crowning jewels of the Southwest's Gulf Coast. As a full-time professional REALTOR, Phyllis specializes in the sale and marketing of residential properties, condominiums, golf course homes and waterfront properties in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Siesta and Lido Keys. Phyllis DiBlasi has been the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her outstanding performance in Real Estate which includes being selected as a Five Star Real Estate Agent Best in Client Satisfaction since 2006, proving, yet again, that she is someone you can truly depend upon. Phyllis has deservedly earned Real Estate's most illustrious professional designations: GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute); CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) considered a PHD in the real estate field. "Accept nothing less than excellence when you are buying or selling a home".