Refresh Your Home For The Holidays

As the temperature starts to drop and the smell of pumpkin spice permeates every store you enter, it’s a clear sign the holidays are right around the corner. With it comes wonderful times with family and friends gathered in your home for delicious food and warm memories. 

Before company arrives, you may want to spruce up your living space; (perhaps to impress your Great-Aunt Helen)? Below are a few ways to create some new bold statements for your home that will make it look more inviting for the season.  

1. Paint Accent Wall or Room

An easy way to add dramatic flair and a touch of elegance to your home is by painting a wall an accent color. Adding a pop of color to a select wall in your room creates a simple, yet exciting upgrade that will make a big impact.

Uncertain about selecting the color that will show your room to its best effect? Head to the Ace Hardware website and take advantage of The Paint Studio, a terrific tool that takes the guess work out of picking the perfect color. This is a paint visualizer that enables you to test a selection of tones by simply uploading a photo of the room you’d like to paint, and then exploring how a variety of different colors would look in your home.

https://www.acehardware.com/thepaintstudio/tipstools/visualizer

Want more ideas? Benjamin Moore just recently released their Color Trends of 2022. This is a result of exhaustive consumer research that identifies “what’s next” in color. This year’s October Mist 1495 truly stands out. On its website, Benjamin Moore says October Mist 1495 “makes room for creativity, evoking the silver-green stem of a flower. It creates a canvas for other colors–and your imagination—to blossom…” 

Additionally, Benjamin Moore has selected a palette to complement its color of the year selection. “The Color Trends 2022 palette of 14 hues, which includes October Mist, is harmonious yet diverse, reliable yet whimsical, and meditative, yet eclectic. With its endless number of invigorating combinations, this palette provides effortless harmony for any paint project, and every design style.”

https://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/color-overview/color-palettes/color-of-the-year-2022?gclid=CjwKCAjwq9mLBhB2EiwAuYdMtR_ZWU9X42_eRvmEuPPyYt3NddSrTaAt5blOfMJbSgXw8PGBIn5BcBoCxCMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Multi-Skilled Craftsmen Tip: There are a variety of bold color options, but if that seems a little overwhelming to you, consider a slight hue adjustment on one wall.  By staying in the same color wheel and changing the shade a tone or two, you’ll give the room a subtle depth that the brain will appreciate, but the eye won’t particularly notice. 

Once you have selected the ideal color for your new accent wall, head to your local Ace Hardware where they can help you “test drive” some colors by giving you some samples.  And if you already know the shade you want, they can help you select the perfect paint for the type and size of room. 

Too busy with other holiday preparations to tackle the job yourself?  Then give your local Ace Handyman Services a call, and our Multi-Skilled Craftsmen will complete your accent wall project before your guests arrive. 

Whether it’s just a simple paint project or you have some nail holes, drywall, trim or caulking in need of repair, we can help. If you are a DIY’er, refer to our previous blogs about repairing drywall before you begin to paint your new accent wall.  And remember: We are always here to make your holiday prep easy.

https://www.acehandymanservices.com/blog/2021/06/30/we-all-have-walls-that-need-some-love/

2. Upgrade/Fix Doorknobs and Handles

Loose or outdated doorknobs and handles are something all homeowners must deal with at some point in time. 

There are two ways to think about upgrades. The first is function – making the current hardware work. The second is taking function to a new level of upgraded design and delight – replacing the old, outdated hardware with doorknobs and handles that are more contemporary and will enhance the look of your home.

Function

To fix and tighten your doorknobs:

Basic and most mid-level handles typically have two exposed screws on either side of the interior handle – all you need is a narrow-shaft Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the handle. TIP – Move back and forth between each screw as you tighten, for best results.

Higher end handles:

  • Remove the current knob or handle.
    • To do so, find the set screw (or small push button), which is normally found on the side of the inside door handle and, using an Allen wrench (or small flat screwdriver), loosen the screw (or push the pin) and remove the handle by pulling it toward you. 
  • Once the handle is removed, you will need to remove the escutcheon plate.

Multi-Skilled Craftsmen Tip: Remove the plate carefully with a flathead screwdriver, taking care to avoid damaging the back plate. 

  • After you remove the base, you should see a set of screws. Carefully hold on to the outside backing plate to keep it from moving, tighten each screw separately.
  • Last, put the base and handle back on together, making sure each piece is flush and every screw is secure. 

After following these steps, if you’re still having trouble, or if you have any pieces of new hardware you’d like installed, give your local Ace Handyman Services Multi-Skilled Craftsmen a call–we can absolutely help you with that. 

Upgrading your doorknobs and handles

Although doors don’t seem like they’d make a huge difference to the aesthetic of your home, they are one of the most predominant features.  When you update the look of your doors and their knobs, you are upgrading major surfaces that are on display to you and your guests all the time. Take a look at some great options your local Ace Hardware offers to replace outdated doorknobs and handles: 

https://www.acehardware.com/departments/hardware/door-knobs-and-locks?query=doorknobs

Multi-Skilled Craftsmen Tip: If you are changing the color of the handle (for example, from a brass to a bronze), you might consider changing out the hinges so that all the hardware matches and will pop with your new look!

3. Bathroom Refresh vs a Bathroom Remodel

During the holiday season, one of the most visited rooms is going to be the guest bathroom. A full bathroom remodel takes a lot of time, work and money, not to mention how frustrating it is to have a long project disrupt your life. So, rather than adding stress to the end of the year, here are a few simple ways to give this room a refresh that make a big impact:

a. Update the Sink

An outdated sink will tarnish the look of your bathroom. Luckily, a few cosmetic changes can give it a new life. For example, if you have a ceramic sink in an aged pastel color, call a Craftsman to drop in a new bowl with a fresh white finish. For an additional touch, have him paint your vanity a bold new shade to add a beautiful contrast to your bathroom.

b. New Fixtures

A new set of lighting fixtures will add a level of detail that you will appreciate every day. Lights aren’t the only fixtures you can upgrade—swap out your faucets, towel bars and other fixtures for something chic. https://www.acehardware.com/search?pageSize=30&query=light+fixtures&categoryId=219

If you really want to make your bathroom feel like a spa, upgrade your showerhead to a modern spa head: https://www.acehardware.com/departments/plumbing/tub-and-shower/shower-heads

These are seemingly small changes that can transform an entire room.

c. Accent Tile

Replacing the tile in your bathroom can be costly and time-consuming. Instead, opt to add accent tiles. Place them in the shower or over the sink. Our Multi-Skilled Craftsmen can complete this job in a short amount of time, giving you an impressive, new-looking bathroom just in time for the holidays. https://www.acehardware.com/departments/building-supplies/walls-floors-and-ceiling/wall-tiles

Don’t let the prospect of a full remodel discourage you. Creating a bathroom you’re proud of is just a few upgrades away. So, what are you waiting for? Click here and do the fun part, pick out your new look and let us handle the rest.