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Give Your Older Home a Quick Update with THIS Simple Tip

Blog by Elysse Bulloch | July 20th, 2016

Are you selling an older home or condo that feels a bit dated but don’t want to break the bank by doing a full renovation?Calgary Home Staging By Simply Stylish Staging Before you stage the property, make some quick updates by heading to your local home improvement store for this ONE inexpensive tool.

 A can of spray paint!

It sounds simple because it is. Use spray paint to update your older home in the following ways:


Older cabinets often have the hinge style that is attached to the face, making those dated brass features stand out (in the wrong way). When your potential buyer sees them, they will think about how much money it will cost to update the kitchen. Instead, paint the hinges out a similar colour as the cabinets to reduce the contrast and make them less visible. By the way, you can also spray paint the old cabinet pulls.


New lighting is a great way to update an older home on a budget. But you may be able to get away with spray painting an existing fixture if the shape and style works in the space. Make that brass disappear with a coat of black, silver, or white paint.


If you have an old brass coloured fireplace surround, give it a quick update with a coat of matte black spray paint. Make sure you get the paint intended for high heat (think car engine or barbeque).

Take your time and spray in thin layers to get a nice finish. And that’s it. You have quickly added value by making these simple updates to your older home.

Now it’s time to stage before the real estate photos are taken!

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