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Spruce up your home for little money

Be sure to use the correct hangers to make shelves secure.

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Be sure to use the correct hangers to make shelves secure.

Whatever the season or the reason, it's never a bad time to seek out new ideas for reinventing your home. Because expensive large-scale renovations aren't a viable option for many of us, consider simple changes that can make a major difference in enhancing your house. • And these days, redecorating on a dime may never have been easier. • A few budget-conscious ideas can make a world of difference on the home front. Painting, installing new fixtures and sprucing up walls are easy and inexpensive ways to give your home — and your spirits — a lift. You can complete such projects on a weekend or even after work, bringing your house in line with the latest design trends. • Simple changes even can increase the value of your home, which is something to consider in today's competitive real estate market.

Paint a fresh coat: Perhaps no addition is quicker and easier than fresh paint. By applying a fresh coat of paint and different colors in different rooms, any home can be given new life. With dozens of colors readily available at reasonable prices, one afternoon spent painting can make a big difference as seasons and trends change.

New installations: The most far-reaching changes can range from new floor tiling to kitchen cabinets and countertops, but there also are more modest and affordable installation options. Something as simple as new doorknobs, address plaques or even a mailbox can add new energy to a home on a budget.

Hang it up: By hanging some fresh decorative items on your walls, aspiring do-it-yourselfers can make big changes without breaking the bank. Whether it's an old painting, creative wall treatments, a new mirror or shelving from the local hardware store, all you'll need is a solid method for hanging these items..

"The most common mistakes DIYers make are to hang things with any nail, screw or pushpin in their junk drawers. Different applications call for different hanging methods," says Mike Madland, Product Manager at ITW Brands, an anchor and fastener manufacturer.

There are new options in your local home improvement store that provide strength, ease of use and durability no matter what you're hanging.

For heavier items, try self-drilling anchors, like Twist-N-Lock products from ITW Brands. You hear an audible "click" when a screw is inserted into the anchor, letting you know it's installed correctly.

For lighter items, try Tap-N-Lock anchors that install like a nail, but provide the security of an anchor. Simply tap in the anchor with a hammer and install a screw or one of seven available hook options and the anchor flips up behind the wall.

For more information on anchors and hooks, visit

Spruce up your home for little money 03/10/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 3:30am]
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