Building & Renovating

Building 101: Finishing Touches (Part 1)

Refinishing can be an effective yet quick fix for a tired-looking home

Shares

You’re tired of your bedroom’s dated look, your living room seems to be aging by the minute, and your kitchen needs a little sprucing up. But you don’t have the budget or the time for a major home overhaul. Don’t worry—a little refinishing can go a long way. Even just a change in paint color or a fresh set of floor tiles can definitely spruce up your interiors.  New finishes, much like new furniture or accessories, can create a different mood and personality for your room.

Before you start your renovation job, here are a few things to consider when choosing new finishes for your home:

1. Extent of renovation. How much do you want to change? Are you looking at one room, two rooms, or more? Will you be changing floor, walls, or both?

2. Style. Do you want a totally new look or do you want to retain your home’s existing style with new finishes? Will the new finishes complement or clash with existing furniture? Are you going for modern or traditional?

3. Budget. How much are you willing to spend? Take note, you can go for cheaper alternatives if you have a limited budget.

4. Quality. Are the materials you want of good quality? Cheap alternatives are fine. But if you have a little more money to spend, use high-quality materials to get better results.

5. Convenience. Are you ready for disruptions in your schedule and living conditions? Even the simplest refinishing job like repainting will create hassles. It’s just a matter of how much inconvenience you’re prepared to put up with.

Photographed by Ocs Alvarez.

Read the original article ("The Finishing Touches") in the December 2005 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Latest Stories

How Pauleen Luna’s Home Style Has Changed Since Getting Married

The houses we've featured have striking similarities�"from the chosen style to the look and feel of the areas

8 Pantry Organizers You Can Count On

Keep your supplies in place with these trusty essentials

Expect Heavy Traffic as Rockwell Bridge Nears 30-Month Closure

The new bridge to replace it will cost Php1.2B and won't be completed until 2020

A Classic Townhouse In Quezon City With An Elegant, Neutral Palette

An interplay of classic American style and sophisticated design complete this dream home

This Pinay Exhibited Her Up-cycled Furniture At Paris Design Week

Willie Garcia, an interior designer and eco-warrior, showed her up-cycled creations at this international design fair

6 Things to Avoid When Cleaning with Alcohol

Make sure you don't mix it with bleach!

Important Things To Do Before Your New Home Is Turned Over To You

Ensure the quality of your new home before you sign the contract

Love This Calm, Tropical Condo? Here's How To Get The Look

Minimalist pieces in simple neutrals are key to the style

What’s the Best Kitchen Countertop Material?

Granite, marble, or quartz? Get expert advice from interior designer Erika Uichanco.

8 Ways to Liven Up Your Tired Space

Quickly turn your home from drab to fab with these simple tricks

These Questions Can Help You Find the Right Architect

Find the best person who can help you achieve your dream home

8 Ways to Brighten Up an Empty Entryway

Leave a lasting impression on your guests
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!