Anybody can paint. So if you’re looking for a quick facelift for your old house, the first thing you should do is grab a paint brush. This is especially necessary if you’re trying to make your house sellable. Painting is one of the top strategies that homeowners use for successful home sales. So get ready—you’ll be surprised at the things you can paint.
Here you’ll need a sturdy ladder and a calm set of nerves for those second-story eaves. Prepare by pressure-washing the siding to remove all the dust and dirt that’s accumulated over the years. Then repair damaged areas and remove peeling paint. This may require caulking (for trim, corners, and cracks), sanding, and patching. Next, you’ll need to apply primer (an essential for every paint job) and finally, paint. Your cost? $500.
Kitchen Cabinets…and Knobs
Are your kitchen cabinets looking like they’ve been through too many water spills, scrapes, and food preparation? A paint job can give them a quick pick-me-up. Pick the color and turn your dingy kitchen into a homey bright spot. Just follow the same steps that you would for other paint jobs—smooth out dings, prime and sand, and then brush on a fabulous new color. Sometimes, kitchens are the key factor in home sales. If the kitchen looks dazzling, then the rest of the house looks more appealing too.
Tired of looking at dated brass knobs? You can paint doorknobs, hinges, faucets, and cabinet hardware too. Clean, sand, prime, and spray paint them into a beautiful oil-rubbed bronze finish.
Bathtub and Tub Surround
You know that ugly, 70s-era, avocado bathtub in your master bedroom? Yes, that one. You can paint that. Pick up an epoxy paint kit for tub and tile at the store. Then, thoroughly sand down the bathtub until it has the perfect rough exterior necessary for paint adhesion. Apply the spray paint and watch your ugly tub turn into a more appealing color.
Every do-it-yourselfer has probably ended up remaking at least one piece of furniture into a new era or color. Do you have a homely chair or table that looks out-of-place? Or a credenza that’s been around since the Beatles first made their debut? A good paint job will make these pieces look like they just stepped out of a catalog.
Painting is the low-cost trick that transforms an ugly home into an appealing one. Whether you do it for your own sake or to score top dollar on your home, it’s an update you won’t regret. And for a house that’s going on the market, it’s practically imperative. You can bet that the most successful home sales involved a coat of paint somewhere.