Four quick home improvement projects to spruce up your home

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Home improvement projects don’t have to be costly or time-consuming. There are a variety of ways to give your home a mini-makeover without breaking the bank or taking up all of your free time.

Change up the handles, knobs and pulls

Cabinet hardware may become dingy over time. The handles and knobs are used often, which causes the finish to dull and scratches to pop up on the surface. Hinges may become loose, broken or rusted. Hardware can also become dated. Those brass knobs on your bathroom cabinets may have been the craze when you bought your house, but tastes change and so do trends. Give your cabinets a fresh look by switching out the old hardware for new. Pick a new finish or a modern style, or both. Change out the cabinet hinges while you’re at it for even more of a transformation.

Let there be light

If your home is feeling dark and dingy, the problem may be your lighting. If you have older light fixtures, you may simply want to update them. However, the problem could be the kind of lighting you are using. While warm light is great for ambiance, if you are using it in your kitchen, you might be in the dark. Update to LED lights with a whiter light for a brighter workspace and begin to enjoy your kitchen again.

Paint the entry door

One of the first things people see when they walk up to your home is your front door, and depending on the location of your house, it may be very visible to cars driving by. That’s why when considering home improvement projects, homeowners can achieve quickly, a fresh coat of paint on the front door can add curb appeal in no time. Whether you decide to go with the same color or try something completely new, painting is a quick and inexpensive way to refresh the look of your house.

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Break out the power washer

The outside of your home takes a beating over time, and a power washer can make surfaces look refreshed and clean. Power wash your walkway, siding, front porch, shutters, driveway and even yard fixtures to give them new life. Don’t forget to give the garage door a good washing. Take care when using a power washer, though. If the pressure is too great or you get too close to a surface, that item may become damaged.

Updating your home doesn’t have to break the bank. With a little paint, a little power, whiter light or some new drawer pulls, you can reinvigorate your home’s look.

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Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network and a contributing writer for My Sports Vote, Ambush Sports and Midwest Sports Network. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dogs Sparky and Buster.

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