After a number of years, what you initially found attractive about that dark cobalt paint color in the guest bathroom fades. Your plaid couch seems a little out of date and the country-style kitchen cabinets become hard to look at. If your house needs some revamping, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a little time and effort, it’s easy to revamp and reuse what you already have. Enlist help from friends and family, or get the kids involved. Turn this revamping into a fun activity for all.

1. Paint
Let’s start with painting. The feat may sound daunting, but start with one room, or piece of furniture, at a time. Visit the nearest home-supply store and find affordable paint in a color that everyone in the family agrees on. Avoid loud shades and forget the wallpaper because you are likely to grow tired of both. The person who has the most experience with painting should paint the walls. Lesser-skilled painters can be responsible for the furniture. Remember to put a drop cloth down, or there will be even more areas of the house that need redoing.

2. Refinish
If your coffee table, bedside tables or dressers are boring, consider changing the finish. Staining or varnishing is affordable and attractive. Wood stain has the ability to completely alter the surface of furniture. It’s a little interior-design trick to make something old appear new again. If staining multiple pieces in the same room, ensure that you use similar finishes.

3. Replace Knobs
Cabinets can also be refinished for a fresh look, but simply changing the knobs designates a new appearance. Have fun with the knobs in your kitchen and bathroom. Knobs are easy to assemble and inexpensive, but can give off a regal look. Clear and crystal knobs will never go out of style. For a children’s room, themed knobs are playful and exciting.

4. Get Creative
Utilize free websites like Pinterest and Tumblr to find unique interior design and do-it-yourself projects for the home. Reducing, reusing and recycling is a new trend these days, especially with a down economy, so there is a plethora of information available to those interested. Print off ideas and tear out pages from magazines to create an inspiration board.

Below are some local businesses that may be able to help you get started.

Cherrydale Hardware
3805 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-2100

North Arlington’s neighborhood hardware store is equipped with a knowledgeable staff to answer all of you how-to questions.

Frager’s Hardware
1115 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-6157

Frager’s has an extensive paint center and all the necessary home solutions. The service is top notch at Capitol Hill’s old-fashioned hardware store.

Old School Hardware
3219 Mount Pleasant St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 462-1431

Visit Old School Hardware’s website to see what they carry and order merchandise online.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She is a soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate who hopes to have a successful career in fashion journalism. Her major is Apparel and Textiles with a Concentration in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and her minor is Journalism. Her work can be found at


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