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Need Help with my dingy, dated home!
Jan 17, 2013, 11:57 AMluvsgoldens
Need Help with my dingy, dated home!
I literally spent all morning repainting my baseboards and window trim in my kitchen and eating area. I was expecting it to look refreshed and it does not. It only magnifies all of the OTHER things that need addressing! Is there anything that can be done to make hardwood floors look better (they need refinishing), anything to clean my windows and make my dingy, dated kitchen area look refreshed? I have no budget for contractors but it needs help!
Jan 17, 2013, 12:17 PMBecky56
I know exactly where you are coming from!
Have you cleaned and waxed your hardwoods? That can help. Johnsons paste wax.
Also- are you up to painting the kitchen and possibly the cabinets too? Sometimes just painting a room will freshen things up. add some new curtains and accessories along with paint in the kitchen- you might feel like you have a new kitchen!
Jan 17, 2013, 12:47 PMKeepYouInStitches
Repaint the ceilings too!
Jan 17, 2013, 01:39 PMsms29s66
If you can get your hands on Butcher Bowling Alley Paste Wax, it's much more durable than Johnson's. Also, Home Trends Cabinet Grease Remover is a good product--although it does require some elbow grease. I used in on my painted cabinets even though it is for wood finish and I was pleased with the results.
Jan 17, 2013, 03:31 PMluvsgoldens
yes, I can get the bowling wax product, but my floors have some water stain, in some area, the poly coating is still in place and worn off in others. The floors are a big problem! I think I will use the cabinet cleaning product and scour things as good as I can...seems the cleaner one area is, it magnifies all of the other things that need help! Any help you can suggest for the floors is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Jan 17, 2013, 03:54 PMMay
Is there any way you can wax your floor with the bowling was product and then get some pretty colorful rugs to put in different part of your kitchen
Jan 17, 2013, 07:05 PMga.karen
What kind of lighting do you have & where is the placement? Some times added lighting will take away that "dingy" look...or switching to a different kind of bulb.
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Jan 17, 2013, 07:53 PMSpanish Revival
Originally posted by Becky56:
Also- are you up to painting the kitchen and possibly the cabinets too? kitchen!
I've wondered about how difficult the process of painting cabinets is. I've read that all cabinet doors need to be removed, cleaned with a degreaser, sanded so the paint will adhere. Although I also read Rust-Oleum Transformations is a very good product, a lot less expensive than new cabinets.
Jan 19, 2013, 11:33 AMCJO
Keep at it; lots of good ideas here. Also, maybe some coordinating placemats/napkins to match curtains...couple throw rugs? Check out Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc. It's amazing what you can find to 'doll' things up. GoodWill, etc. often has some fun basket to decorate with and how about a beautiful live houseplant to add freshness and life...could hang it by your kitchen window or make a centerpiece with it on your table.
Jan 26, 2013, 02:38 AMcocok
The absolutely best way to freshen up a dingy room is to declutter, then deep clean, and then if you can give it a fresh coat of paint.
Jan 26, 2013, 04:16 AMCharcoalsmom
Can you post some pics, please?
Feb 18, 2013, 12:19 AMFogbound
We had an older apartment building, and to brighten the kitchens between renters, I would paint the cabinets white and put new handles and pulls on all. Scrub with tsp substitute, let dry, prime with oil-based primer, and paint. Yes, it is a lot of work taking the doors off, but it is so rewarding.
Feb 19, 2013, 02:03 PMAnnett
Given the kinds of problems your floor has, I'd prime and paint it. If you search "painted floor", you'll find lots of ideas for patterns and techniques, but I think plain white is lovely. Just be sure to remove all the old wax before you start, and use a good primer and a paint meant for floors.
Also, if the edges of the floor are in pretty good shape and only the center has worn out, you might consider painting a faux rug over the part of the floor that you prefer not to see.
The best thing about painting your floor is that you can sand it off when you're ready to refinish the wood.
Let us know what you decide to do, and good luck!