Updating a house to sale
Crown molding makes it to the top of most remodeling lists because it adds charm and value to a home, not because people enjoy spending a Saturday trying to get the corners just right.Luckily, there's a simple way to beat miter-saw frustration.No coping, no tricky angles, and ragged joints disappear with a dab of mud.So in just a weekend, you can upgrade a plain room to an elegant space—and still leave plenty of time for the rest of your list. See How to Install Easy Crown Molding for full step-by-step instructions.Here we show how a little measuring and a couple of coats of durable floor paint can add a lot of personality to a room for a small price. See How to Paint a Floor for full step-by-step instructions.Sunlight streaming through windows can be an annoying distraction.
You could install shades to foil prying eyes, but swinging wood shutters would definitely be more beautiful.
Interior shutters were the original "window treatments," commonly used in Southern and urban houses, and they're still a great way to add architectural and historical detail.
They also help keep out winter's chilly winds or summer's oppressive heat.
If you're an avid DIYer, you're already on your way to saving money.
But with the right planning, you can transform the feel of a whole room with a single project that only costs you a few hundred bucks.