12 Ways to Add Character to a Builder-Grade Home

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Between kids, bills, insurance, and the cost of day-to-day living, your money is busy keeping life happy.  But even without a large spending budget, it doesn’t mean you have to live with outdated style and personality.  With a little effort, creativity, and the right resources, you can turn your builder-grade home into one worthy of the home show parades.

1. Cover Your Bases

Give flat, boring walls some personality by installing base boards.  Learn how from DIY Network.

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2. Back To Life

Bring your kitchen and bathroom walls back to life with a backsplash.  There are so many options for any style and budget!

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3. You Light Me Up

I’ve long believed that lighting is the jewelry in a home… not necessary but makes a statement.  Update old lighting with something brighter and more welcoming.

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4. Good Wood

Give your ’90s oak cabinets a much needed update with new paint job and hardware. Learn how to paint cabinets from Cherished Bliss.  That is good wood!

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5. A Final Finial Statement!

Install finials to kitchen and bathroom cabinets for a more complete and refined appeal.  The Idea Room shares great details and ideas here.

6. Show Them the Door

You’ll literally want to show someone the door with this upgrade idea.  Add molding to plain doors to make a powerful statement.  Pretty Handy Girl tells how to get the job done here.

7. Panel Discussion

No panel discussion will be necessary with this upgrade idea!  Install wall paneling to any room to disrupt monotony and add some much needed character. For DIY instructions and a video tutorial, head over to Lowes.com.

8.  Royal Treatment

Give your kitchen and bathroom cabinets the royal treatment by adding crown molding.  What a big difference it makes to block off all that negative space!  Learn how to install your own crown molding from Just A Girl and Her Blog.

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9. Adore Your Floor

Adore your floor again by painting over yucky old linoleum.  1915 House explains how to get the job done using a special paint called rust scat.  See how she did it over at 1915 House.

10. How Shady!

Bring your windows and doors to life with some personality of their own. Installing drapes and/or shades can make a huge difference but doesn’t necessarily require a huge budget.  Find plenty of shady ideas here.

11. Bling Out the Ceiling

Give your ceiling some bling with wood planking.  This will extend the feel of the room and make your home feel more spacious and welcoming.  The Idea Room shares how to tackle the DIY project on your own.

12. Get Framed

Frame off your bathroom mirror to make a more pronounced and complete statement.  Plain mirrors just look so unfinished!  Learn how to get framed over at Rise and Renovate! 

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2 comments for “12 Ways to Add Character to a Builder-Grade Home

  1. May 31, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for including my blog post on the DIY Mirror Frame blog in this feature! Could you please include the name of my blog, Rise and Renovate, in that section?

    Thank you!
    Hayley

    • haybowen
      May 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Hayley,

      Thanks for reaching out! I’ve included the name of your blog in the section! 🙂

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