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|5 Classy Kitchen Updates for Less Than $100|
|Posted by admin in Great Stuff, Timeless Home Info on 03 3rd, 2014|
You don’t have to spend a lot to give your tired cabinets a lift. These five inexpensive cabinet updates will brighten the mood of your entire kitchen.
1. Handsome Hardware
Knobs and pulls are kitchen jewelry that can dress cabinets up. Note that cabinet hardware can get very fancy and expensive — costing $30 and up for a single ornate knob. But you’ll get a huge bang for a few bucks by buying 10-packs of simple, contemporary hardware at big box stores for less than $20 (that’s $2 a knob!). To save time and money, replace 1-hole hardware with 1-hole upgrades; 2-hole with 2-hole. That way, you won’t need to drill or patch.
Painting cabinets yourself is cost-effective — a few gallons of paint, sandpaper, cleaner — but the process is time-intensive. You can paint most cabinet surfaces, but proper prep is key to success. For laminate and melamine finishes, be sure to rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, and apply a good bonding primer before topping it off with the color of your choice. If you’re going to dive into this DIY project, keep these tips in mind:
- •Lighter-colored paints will make your kitchen seem bigger.
- •Don’t skip on prep. Thoroughly clean cabinet doors and boxes to remove grease and dried-on gunk; fill holes or nicks with wood putty, then sand.
- •Sand each coat of paint so your final coat will look perfect.
- •Lay doors flat to paint, and wait until each side is completely dry before painting the other side. It will take more time, but you’ll avoid ugly drip marks.
3. Moulding Miracles
Crown moulding adds a touch of class to the tops of tired cabinets for less than you’d expect. Three-inch, primed composite crown moulding with a dentil design costs as little as $20 for 8 ft.
It’s easiest to add moulding when you’re repainting cabinets; that way you’ll get a perfect match.
If you order matching wood moulding from your cabinet’s manufacturer, be prepared for a color difference between new moulding and older cabinets. Natural wood cabinets (especially cherry) will darken with age.
For a look at other crown moulding miracles, take a look at this slideshow.
4. Fancy Glass
Change the glass insert in a cabinet door, and you change the look and feel of your kitchen.
“Decorative glass takes stock cabinets and gives them a custom look,” says Anthony Longo, who sells glass panels.
Not all cabinet doors are candidates for a changeover, however. You’ll need the kind of door with a removable panel. Check the backs of your doors to see if the center panel can be taken out.
Types of glass inserts are limitless – contemporary, bubbles, raindrops on water, antique – and cost $7-$9 sq. ft. So, you can change the look of a 2-door, 30 x 24-inch cabinet (about 5 sq. ft. of glass) for between $35 and $45.
5. Task Lighting
Once, the only way to shed light on kitchen tasks was by hard-wiring under-cabinet lights — an expensive and messy task. But you can add lighting under and inside cabinets with battery powered, peel-and-stick LED () lights. Of course, battery-run lights are not as bright as their hard-wired cousins. But at about $8 each, you can afford to buy several and scatter them around. LED light bulbs last for thousands of hours of use.
|6 Tips for Buying a Home in a Short Sale|
|Posted by admin in Foreclosure Good News, From the Front Porch, Timeless Home Info on 02 3rd, 2014|
By preparing for a real estate short sale, you can emerge with a great home at a favorable price.
When sellers need to sell their home for less than they owe on their mortgage, they’re shooting for a short sale. Short sale homes can sometimes be bargains, but only if you do your homework, stay patient, and remain unemotional during the sometimes lengthy and difficult short sale process. Read the rest of this entry »
|If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?|
|Posted by admin in From the Front Porch, Timeless Home Info on 02 1st, 2014|
Knowing what appeals to today’s homebuyers, and considering those trends when you remodel, can pay off years from now when you sell your home.
Two new surveys about what homebuyers want have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you’ll feel the same. Read the rest of this entry »
|What You Need to Know About the Qualified Mortgage Rules!|
|Posted by admin in Timeless Home Info on 01 30th, 2014|
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau has created a Qualified Mortgage Rule (QM) which goes hand-in-hand with Ability-To-Repay Rules (ATR).
Here is a simplified explanation of what QM is all about and how it will affect you and your buyers when applying for a mortgage, beginning January 10, 2014.
Mandatory Product Features for all Qualified Mortgages (QMs): Read the rest of this entry »
|6 Ways to Increase Your Equity|
|Posted by admin in Timeless Home Info on 01 24th, 2014|
Let’s face it; we’re all looking to gain some equity in our home…and in the least painful way possible. Here are some ways to help you do just that and get to that final payment a lot sooner.
Give More to Get More…
Making a larger mortgage payment every month will get you closer to paying off that mortgage even sooner. Any extra portion you pay goes directly towards your principal. So not only will you be done paying that mortgage sooner, you’ll also be paying less interest over the course of your loan. Win-Win! Read the rest of this entry »
|Why you want to live in the City of Barbourmeade.|
|Posted by admin in Room with a View on 01 13th, 2014|
The City of Barbourmeade has three main sections. The first section is bordered by Barbour Lane and Highway 22 and is called, Hillvale. The second section is behind Highway 22 and extends back to I-71 and is considered to be the Norton Section. Finally the third section borders the south-eastern side of Highway 22 and Goose Creek Road. This last section is called Brownsboro Vista. Read the rest of this entry »
|5 Best Places Around Louisville For A Cheap Date|
|Posted by admin in From the Front Porch, Great Stuff on 12 7th, 2013|
It is not about being a cheap date, it is about knowing some interesting out of the way places of interest that will be sure to intrigue your date and yourself. There are many places to go and we have included 5 we feel will tweak your interest.
21C Museum Hotel Art Gallery
This place is awesome! The 21c Museum Hotel is one of Louisville’s Read the rest of this entry »
|Top 5 Places that Make Louisville Laugh|
|Posted by admin in From the Front Porch, Great Stuff on 11 24th, 2013|
You like to laugh. Who doesn’t? It is a good thing you live in or near Louisville then! Louisville has always been home to many legendary Stand Up Comedians like Tim Wilson and others. There are a ton of stand up shows and open mics happening all over the city. There are even other forms of comedy, like improv comedy happening as well. Did you know that there are 7 improv comedy troupes in town? From what we hear that number is even growing. If you like sketch comedy there are even troupes that do that! Read the rest of this entry »