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Simple ways to fix-up a pre-owned home

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After buying a pre-owned home, it’s natural to have an overwhelming urge to redecorate the space to make it feel like your own. The best advice for new owners of a pre-owned home is to start slow and remember, you don't have to do everything at once. Here are a few simple decorating ideas that will help fix-up your new space.

Fresh paint - Nothing changes the look of a home as quickly as a new coat of paint. Paint is also one of the least expensive home improvements out there, and will go a long way in refreshing the look of your new home. Find out how to create a mood with color.

New hardware - Old cabinet hardware can make cabinets look old and dingy. By simply replacing the hardware, you'll give the kitchen a facelift. This simple decorating idea will cost around $ 50.00 or under.

Makeover the bathroom on the cheap - You'll be surprised what you can accomplish with a can of paint, inexpensive cabinet hardware, and a few new accessories. Check out these other inexpensive ways to makeover the bathroom.

Makeover the kitchen on the cheap - Give the illusion of a brand new kitchen with a few simple steps. Find out how to makeover the kitchen on a small budget.

Make a small room look bigger - One of the most frequently asked questions in home decorating is how to make a room look bigger. If your new home has a too-small room, give the appearance of more space with these helpful tips: How to make a small room look bigger.

Trim work - If tearing out existing wood trim work isn't an option, consider repainting it with bright white semi-gloss paint. This will make the entire room look fresh and new, and the semi-gloss paint will be resilient to scratches and scuff marks.

Give your new home a serious punch of color by adding decorative pillows to couches and chairs, and artful throw rugs to the floor. Hanging favorite family portraits will also help personalize your space and help make it feel like a home, not just a house.

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Start with paint
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Start with paint

A new paint scheme in each room will make your home feel brand new.  Don't know what color to choose?  There are some great free tools online that will help you see the color in the entire room, without painting.  Check out the virtual painting tools at sites like Glidden, Valspar, and Benjamin Moore.

New cabinet hardware
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New cabinet hardware

New cabinet hardware is available for an affordable price.  Pick up new drawer pulls and cabinet knobs for around $ 2.00 each at home improvement stores.  Make sure to update the hinges on your cabinetry, too, for an overall new look.

Finish with new trim work
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Finish with new trim work

New wood trim work can enhance any room, and can add architectural detail to an otherwise plain space.  Functional trim work like baseboards and door frames will help protect walls, while decorative trim work, such as crown molding, will improve the look of any room.

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