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Little Ways to Give Your Home a Boost (& a Giveaway from Glidden)

Since we are a homeschooling family, we spend a good deal of time at home. Sure, there’s a fair amount of running around. But, since I’m not running a daily carpool to and from school, our home boasts a rather “lived in” look. Because, well, we live here.

And that’s good. I think if given the choice between our messy clutter and a cold, austere, picture perfect home, I would probably choose our little pad.

Maybe.

OK, yes, I’d choose home.

“Lived in” is good. It shows that we’re real people, that we are active, that there are young, mostly-happy, little people living here.

All the same, I like home to be a nice place to come back to when I do go running around elsewhere. And frankly, frumpy house makes for grumpy mom. I know that I can’t have the picture perfect home or designer decor. I probably couldn’t pull it off even if I lived alone. But, I do like to feel like we have little bits of beauty around us.

Here are some little ways that we can give a boost to the roost:

1. Tidy up and declutter.

We can often kid ourselves that we “need” a new bedspread or a new set of dishes. But, really, a good cleaning can make a huge difference. I’ve found that when I put away the clutter, do a little dejunking, and give things a general wiping down, our house seems so much more inviting.

It really doesn’t take much time to clear flat surfaces or vacuum. It’s the mental energy involved. I haven’t mastered it, but I’m convinced that keeping things as clutter-free as possible gives both me and my family a boost.

2. Paint a wall or hang pictures.

Adding color or frames photos or art can add interest to a wall and make a huge difference to the overall appearance of the home. It doesn’t take much. Painting one wall or buying some easy picture hangers cost very little in time or money, especially if you check the clearance section.

I love how Meredith turned a disaster canvas into a wonderful family work of art. What a big difference a little thing can do!

3. Add a few more lights.

Good lighting in a room is so important, especially as the days begin to shorten. Changing your light bulbs (to a different style or brightness) can make a difference to the feel and mood of a room. Adding a few more lamps and candles can help, too.

4. Put things in their places.

You know the drill, A place for everything and everything in its place. This is so hard!

OK, maybe it’s easy for some folk, but with our family, it’s a daily challenge. But, the kids are more likely to do their chores well if they know where things go and it. I’m finding that hooks and containers really help to corral things and make it easier for folks to put things away. This is the peg wall we built in our last house. I’m ready for hubs to make me some more in this house!

5. Touch up the paint on doors and trim.

Washing your walls can definitely improve the look. But, paint, particularly on the doors and trim can make a big difference, particularly in the spots that are scraped and chipped. With the right paint, you can create a clean, refreshed look without a ton of work

Win some trim and door paint from Glidden

Glidden has put out a paint that promises not to drip or leave brush marks, resulting in a clean, smooth finish. Glidden Trim and Door Paint is available in 8 different colors and is good on both interior and exterior surfaces. Know that bright red door you’ve always wanted? You can pull it off pretty quickly with this stuff.

The Thick Gel Formula Produces:

  • No drips
  • No brush marks
  • Extra high-gloss finish
  • Excellent coverage and durability

This weekend three LifeasMOM readers will each win a $20 gift certificate to the Home Depot to purchase paint for their homes.

To Enter

Leave a comment on this post, telling us the last thing you did to jazz up your home and make it more comfortable for you and your family.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8 pm PST. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: jenmason84@, scrappymom2be@,  qthelesser@

Disclosure: I received compensation for time spent writing and administering this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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  1. The last thing we did to jazz up our house was to strip the nasty wallpaper from the hallway and paint the walls. It was such an improvement and worth the time and effort it took.

  2. We updated our teenager’s bedroom. He likes the outdoors, so we gave him a new boarder with a woods theme, framed vacation posters from out west and gave him a new book shelf.

  3. We just got a new banister. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Ah, clutter. It never fails to amaze me how incredibly better my house looks when it’s tidy. It doesn’t even have to be all that clean to look nice.

    I think my house is due for some trim painting. It definitely would help, but I’m afraid to get started….once we freshen up some of the trim, I think we’ll be pretty much committed to finishing the job in all the living area. Which suddenly seems like a pretty big job! Free paint wouldn’t hurt for a little motivation, though :)

  5. definitely clearing out the clutter…unfortunately, it cant be done overnight so it’s a slow process

  6. We FINALLY painted our hallways (after 6 sixs of scuffed up “new house” walls). It makes SO much of a difference and more importantly, makes SO much of a difference to MY attitude:) Paint is very expensive, and given the economy and extremely tight budget, we just haven’t been able to splurge for the extra. –Also, I am a BIG “supporter” of different levels of light. It really makes a difference!

  7. I recently painted the brick fireplace white – totally brightened up the living room and I love it!

  8. We need to paint so badly! Last thing we did was buy so blackout shades. They look great and hopefully will save us some money on our electric bill!

  9. I’m not trying to suck up here, but honestly the last thing I did was (well, my mother-in-law did it b/c she was over to help me for a few hours) touch-up paint on the doorframes that had been demolished by 5 kids over 10 years! I had finally opened my eyes and saw how bad it looked and realized how easy it would be to do touching up. Now to buy some carpet stain remover for all the little stains around the house …

  10. the last thing we did to spruce up the house was add a front door flag of fall leaves! I don’t think anything in the house has been painted for 5 years!

  11. Michele Laramay says:

    We put stone on our foundation. WOW!

  12. Getting rid of clutter & swapping out accessories for some that have been stored not only freshens up a room, but also lightens one’s spirit & mood. A little trim paint would do the same thing!

  13. I re-arrange the furniture to get a new look.

  14. Janell Poenitske says:

    We painted an extra bedroom a lovely shade of lavender. About a month later, I relized I was pregnet with my daughter. That room is now her bedroom.

  15. We hung a curtain by our bed and put on a new bedspread. So cozy!

  16. The last thing I did to fancy up my house was to rearrange my furniture. Currently, I would like to paint the woodwork. It is a mess!

  17. I repainted the grungy kitchen!! All before dinner time!

  18. I’ve actually been working on the “clean it instead of decorate it” strategy you mention. It really does work. If that doesn’t count though, I did make a few pillows out of some tank tops (I promise they look prettier than that sounds!).

  19. I think I de-clutter every day! The last project I did was sprucing up the entryway.

  20. We’re in the middle of a kitchen remodel right now~it’s definitely going to jazz up our house!

  21. We bought a new sofa and painted our living room this summer, but all the trim and the doors in the house are in desperate need of attention. That is going to be our winter project.

  22. The last thing I did was hang a light I got on clearance at Target. It was only $10 whereas I’d been quoted $350 to install a ceiling fan with light. Instead, I got a nice, metal pedestal fan and the light. These serve the same function and the exposed wires and industrial look actually work as decor in my modern-style home. Cleaning up the trim would also look great…and now with the new light, I’ll be able to see it!

  23. I’m actually fixing up the place this week: painting the trim (we have a mass of it – our house is 102 yrs old and has beautiful trim throughout), walls and door of our entry room. Which makes me REALLY curious about the whole “no brush marks” on that paint can!

  24. I left a reply earlier but I don’t know as that counts as an entry, so here is my entry.

    The last thing we did was to put in our garden. That was several years ago.

  25. We rearranged the living room for a different look and got a slip cover for one of the couches. I would love to paint the trim in our kitchen and this would help me afford that! Thank you!

  26. Deirdre Cervantes says:

    Finally after 5 years we bought blinds for our school room! :)

  27. We actually just got done selling our house and one of the things we did to make it look more inviting was de-clutter! I don’t know why we didn’t do that before. We close on a “new to us” house that will need a ton of painting so thank you for the opportunity to win a gift card to Home Depot! Btw, love the hook wall too! I might have to do that in the new house!

  28. I just got done de-cluttering and painting my son’s room. I guess I’m on to another room this week before I get distracted by some other project!

  29. I bought a basket at a garage sale to store the blankets in our family room. It looks sooo wonderful. I smile every time I see it. :)

  30. I primed my doors, but haven’t gotten paint for them yet. This paint looks perfect. We are home all the time also and you are certainly right about getting rid of clutter!

  31. major decluttering.. now must figure out the best way to keep everything that needs to be kept.

  32. “We” painted the office … I picked the colour and hubby painted it .

  33. I painted our schoolroom. It has made this new year so much nicer to have a cleaned-up look.

  34. Declutter! I cannot say how amazing the house always looks and how great it feels to just get rid of a few things. Most people tend to overdecorate their homes. Putting away a few nicknacks makes everything seem cleaner and simplified. You don’t have to decorate every inch of your home.

  35. Uh. YES! Our home could use all of the above… While I’m 8mos pregnant and it’s hard to get any project done I did manage to jazz up our space a bit by hanging some art and photos about a month ago. I also picked up a can of paint for our masterbath but that has yet to actually meet the walls… ;) I have lots of plans for our space though- just putting it in action is the tricky part! PS- I’ve always wanted a bright red door!

  36. I need to do all of these things…so many that I throw up my hands and do nothing. Perhaps I should make a list, give myself 15 min. each day to start knocking it out.
    I’d love to win the paint and start with that. :)

  37. We painted a couple of room in preparation for our son’s high school graduation party last spring. But our 2 main rooms (family & living) are in desparate need of paint too.

  38. Hello! My front room looks sooo much better since I replaced our frayed up and dingy rugs. But I have areas I have trouble cleaning because I keep stuffing things into drawers… and now I have no space left… and in order to have more room to stuff things into the drawers, I would have to OPEN the drawers and go through some of them. Just overwhelming to think of…

    One thing we’ll be doing in the next few weeks is replacing our 57-year-old kitchen window. The frame will not be replaced and as the new window is white and the frame wood, it will look really freakishly odd if I do NOT paint the frame white as well. So. I’d really like to win because it would make selecting a paint that much less overwhelming. :)

  39. oh, the trim could really use a help!

  40. I updated the photos/portraits in many of the frames throughout our house. Paint is a miracle worker!

  41. While I regret the end of summer, I try to get into the spirit of autumn by doing a little simple decorating. So last week I brought out my fall-themed dish towels, put a autumnal looking tablecloth on my dining room table and put out a couple of seasonal decorations in my living room. All of these are things I already own, so no money spent. My splurge yesterday was a spicy pumpkin candle to make the house smell good.

  42. I took down the hideous window treatments that the former owner left. Now to figure out what to use instead!

  43. I painted the two doors on the side of the house!!! I painted them a deep wine color!! They are so nice!! I am looking forward to painting the front screen door and putting some shutters on the windows in the front of the house, but waiting for funds!! This paint looks amazing! I wish I had seen that!
    martha(at)lclink(dot)com

  44. We’ve been decluttering by picking a room a week. I’ve also been doing some easy craft and painting projects to perk up my kids rooms:)

  45. De-cluttering has helped “spruce” our house up a lot. We are getting ready to put our house up for sale and there are a lot of painting “touch-ups” that we are going to have to do!

  46. I just painted one of our bathrooms a calm relaxing blue and framed the huge builder’s mirror like I always wanted to. Great giveaway. Thanks!

  47. It seems like we are always touching up paint at our house. I love the look of a streamlined space so we decimeter a lot too.

  48. We moved most of the toys to cupboards in the garage to declutter the house.

  49. We just painted our living room, but there is a lot more to go!

  50. The last thing I did was paint my kitchen light turquoise! It was super dark and cave-like, and now it’s bright and lovely!!

  51. I just painted my master bath! The 1st of many needing a re-do!

  52. We are currently remodeling a home from top to bottom. The last thing we did was install a gas fireplace because nothing says cozy and inviting like a fireplace : )

  53. Anna Peterson says:

    We tore out 1970’s orange tile from the kitchen walls and replaced it will bead board. It’s not painted yet, but even still, it looks a whole lot better than it did before!!!!

  54. I’ve been deep-cleaning areas that probably haven’t been clean for years (we recently moved into a house that’s had a string of renters before us). It’s amazing how beautiful the bathroom walls look after a good scrub.

    Keeping the floors as clear of clutter as possible also helps bring out the charm of this place; hardwood floors need to be seen!

  55. I’m in a house full of boys so I claimed my little laundry room for my own. I painted the walls a pale lavender, hung some lacy curtains and organized with pretty baskets. I spend so much time in there, it might as well be pretty.

  56. We just finished painting our master bedroom and I love it! It was a project that continually got put on the back burner, but it’s finally done. I’m very happy with the green color I decided on (after two other sample green’s were absolutely awful!)

  57. This past summer I totally reorganized our playroom/schoolroom. I got rid of a bunch of toys that were just taking up space. Then I put “multi-piece” toys in bins up high where my 18 month old can’t get them and dump them out. Put some toys away for another day.

    I also put the workbook system in use, where each subject has its own box. Having all the school supplies boxed up is such an improvement over having them stacked all over the bookcase, or rather, falling all over the place.

  58. We just hung a new light fixture in our dining room. Took three days but so worth it!

  59. Our (well, hubby’s) last improvement was installing a stone patio in our back yard! Our trim certainly could use some painting in here!

  60. We’re in the process of installing a hanging-organizer system in our garage, so that we can keep parking both our cars inside it (the garage, not the organizer)! :)

  61. Put down carpet tiles over an ugly tile floor. Voila… fabulous! But I do LOVE paint! Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. I painted our dining room chairs in my favorite blue and added pretty fabric to the seats. It perks up the room and makes me smile!

  63. Jolinda Lynch says:

    My Mom bought me a hoosier cabnet (that I had wanted forever and ever) It made my kitchen look perfect!

  64. The last thing we did was promise ourselves that the next remodel would be our master bedroom.(5 yrs ago) It has never been done since we moved in almost 11 years ago. Since then we’ve put in flooring, painted the living room… a second time ( jury still out:/) and decorated the girls’ room ( a second time) It is definitely time for us to hold good on our promise to ourselves. We will do it, yes we will….eventually!

  65. We touched up our neutral paint to sell our house, but now it looks like we’re staying. Time to put in some color!

  66. The last thing we did was get our house painted! A fresh coat of paint does wonders!

  67. paint a orange accent wall.

  68. I cleared off all of the clutter off of my counters. It looked amazing, but I had to put my kitchen aid mixer back up there because I wouldn’t use it under the counter.

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  69. The last thing we did was buy a small table for our entryway. I would love to win!

  70. We’re waiting to hear if our offer has been approved but if it has…watch out because here we come!

  71. We FINALLY painted our front room and hallway last fall. It looks great and gets many compliments.

  72. We are actually in the process of changing all of our trim and doors to white, instead of wood stain. So this win would be fantastic!

  73. Rachel Jones says:

    I would love to paint my front door RED and after painting the walls in my bath, I really need to paint the trim bright white :)

  74. We moved into our house 3 months ago and are painting, deep cleaning, unpacking, and decorating. Just today I hung 5 pictures in the living room that had been leaning against the wall. Tomorrow, I plan to hang curtains in my sunroom.

  75. We painted the bedrooms and framed some pictures and hung them up. In the process of moving the furniture to paint, we got rid of a lot of unnecessary stuff.

  76. We painted the wood-colored paneling in our laundry room. It really brightened it up!

  77. I decluttered the laundry room. I was amazed (and a little grossed out) by the amount of dirt, dust, and random objects that had been thrown in there. Still doesn’t make me want to do laundry, but it’s a start.

  78. Jessica Millson says:

    We finally painted our living room after 7 years. Now for all the other rooms in the house…

  79. The last 2 weekends, my husband painted the inside of our garage. Good bye ugly drywall, hello clean painted walls. :)

  80. When we bought our house it was a fixer upper and needed a lot of work. We painted the walls and put the wood floors.

  81. We recently moved into an older home. We’ve been trying to keep up with the yard these weeks that we haven’t done much inside. I bought 2 cans of primer with hopes these next sunny days will give me some dryer air for priming off the dark colors the previous owners painted. And tonight I bought some picture frames to hang in the living room. So excited to make this place ours.

  82. I’m still in the middle of decluttering. Stuff has taken over the garage. Had a garage sale and sold a bunch of stuff. Now we can walk around in the garage. Next step….getting rid of more so we can park the cars inside before the first snowfall.

  83. We need to paint almost every room in our home!

  84. We repainted the office now homeschool room. I let the boys choose the color, and I love what they chose!

  85. We rented a steam cleaner to clean the carpets for the first time in the two years we’ve lived in the house. Ahhh, what a difference. And I’m doing a general declutter throughout the house right now — my goal is 15 minutes a day of focused decluttering. Some paint to clean up the trim would be a really nice touch.

  86. After moving this summer we got our daughters room together. Its amazing how much more put together the room looks with curtains up and pictures on the walls!

  87. I’m decluttering and simplifying – and that includes my wall colors. I’ve got color on each wall of the house and while I still love color, I’d like to go a tad more neutral on the base for each room (like the walls) and accessorize with color.

  88. I finally turned our living room back into a living room from a play room. I moved all of the kids toys up into their rooms and I now have my living room back and love it!

  89. I have a few rooms that need “cheering-up” !!

  90. We’ve been renters for 6 years, and painting always makes our place feel more like our own. Cozy, inviting, and “ours.”

  91. The last thing i did to spruce up was paint our bedroom about a month ago. We moved in a year ago and still have a long list of things to paint. We are eager to paint our two “front” doors to red and paint all our trim to white. I would LOVE to win! Thanks!

  92. We took our carpet out of the living room and put it into our converted garage. The living room looks so much better with the wood floors exposed and now the den feels like a real room.

  93. I always enjoy the way the house looks cleaned up and de-cluttered. The money is tight to do alot of changes with paint, etc., but this would definitely help! Thanks for the opportunity!

  94. We will be replacing our front entry door this weekend.

  95. aubreylaine says:

    We painted our master bathroom recently!
    We are also remodeling our house right now :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  96. We put a storm door on our front door.

  97. we recently painted our living room walls/trim. what a big improvement. in the last month or two we’ve spackled all the holes in the walls of our kitchen and are getting ready to paint in there. really excited!

  98. I think touching up the walls & trim can make the biggest impact, along with keeping the surfaces clear. Visually, our unconscious brain records the dings, marks, and clutter even if we consciously choose to overlook them.

    Even just a good cleaning can make a difference in how our brain perceives a room.

  99. I painted and tiled the “ugly” bathroom this spring – what a difference it has made – in its appearance and in my mood!

  100. I painted my front door apple green. I love it!

  101. cathi carpenter says:

    Just the other day, under the heading of decluttering, I bought a small storage ottoman for our son’s Wii accessories. It was all of $8 and it is a POP! of warm red in our black and brown living room! LOVE IT! And someday, soon, oh, soon I hope we’ll finish with our kitchen remodel~

  102. We redid a bathroom, and I was so happy to leave the 80’s behind for more modern sinks, fixtures, etc.

  103. Oh my, this sounds horrible, but the last thing I did to jazz up my home…was dust. There, I said it. Like you said, it doesn’t take much to make your house look better! Ha!

    Okay, I also bought a Pumpkin Cinnamon Latte candle from Bath & Body Works. It makes my whole house smell yummy and like fall! :)

  104. I actually washed our windows inside and outside – what a difference.

  105. We clean off the piano when we need a change :)

  106. FINALLY painted our kitchen, 4 years after building it!

  107. Finally hung some pictures and hooks in my 4 year olds room that had been sitting for a year. Looks so good and she loves looking at the photos.

  108. We cleaned up a spare bedroom just in time for a guest to stay over.

  109. It has been so long since I have done anything to jazz up my home I cannot even remember what it was. Last week I sprayed down the porch and it looks so different I felt like I had done something to jazz the place up.. LOL I do need to touch up some things around here and remember how good I felt years ago when I had done that. If I won the paint there would be no excuses.

  110. sally mcquaid says:

    We need to improve our porch. It feel like its so dingy compared to our house. A good stain on the porch and a new coat on the outisde furniture is all we need. This paint looks like the perfect thing for our outside furniture.

  111. Heather Abbott says:

    My mom recently retired and moved in with us, so we spent time cleaning out all of the rooms and getting rid of a lot of things. It really makes a big difference having everything put away in its place and being able to get rid of a lot of things we don’t need or use anymore.

  112. We took down some wallpaper and repainted a bathroom.

  113. The last thing we need was strip the previous owner’s ugly wallpaper in our master bath. Now, we need to paint so this would be perfect!

  114. We turned our never-used formal living room into a library and music room. Now we’re in there all the time!

  115. We added a gas fireplace. This will help with the heating bills and keep us warm in the cold months ahead.

  116. We painted all the ugly brown trim to white in our family room!

  117. Used wood finish/polish on woodwork trim and doors to brighten up dingy scuffed wood.

  118. I’m in the long process of decluttering, but the last project I finished was installing and filling up some new bookshelves — that corner looks so much nicer now!

    We are renting, so I’ve been putting off painting just b/c of the cost and time…but our walls are in desperate need of some color — and something to cover up the marks from our little artists. Dry erase marker does not come off of walls!

  119. We recently did a tissue paper stain glassed look on some of the windows. I also tried to put stress crack tape of the edges /corners of the walls….

  120. The last thing we did was paint the first level of our house and add some curtains and blinds. BIG difference! Now to find motivation to tackle the rest!

  121. Michelle Murphy says:

    We finally upgraded to a king size bed and got a new bedding set that makes our master bedroom feel more comfortable.

  122. The last thing I did was declutter a side bar that is the dumping spot in our home. Thanks for the giveaways!

  123. I am slowly working on decluttering every room in the house and hanging a few pictures that aren’t up yet.

  124. Replaced the old worn-out couches with new white ones. May seem like crazy to get white couches while our kids are small, but they’re wipeable, so it works. Brightened the room up.

  125. I repainted a shelf & repainted photo frames and hung them on the wall in the play room give the wall a whole new look!

  126. Amber R. R. says:

    Recenty, to jazz up our home some, my husband and I really tackled some organization of closets, the pantry, the laundry room. Its amazing how much more funtional your home can feel when it is organized. I can find my stuff now!! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  127. Sylvia Fratangelo says:

    We wiped down all the baseboards…Wow..what a difference that made! Thanks for the give away.

  128. sue chibana says:

    I put away two my bulky chairs in the living room and painted the wall.
    What a difference!

  129. I have been working on “decluttering” our home for the past 2 months. Going slow and steady is helping me win this race and I can tell my family (and my house) are appreciative.

  130. We painted our front door red, on the inside too. It totally jazzes up our living room and the view outside from the street is much more inviting!

  131. Last November we finally painted over the original white (very dirty, 25+ year old white) paint in our family room to a nice powder blue. What a different the color on the walls makes. Not only do they look sooooooo much cleaner but the room is so much more homey and warm with color! I only wish I had done it sooner (of course the 20 foot vaulted celiling was kind of the reason we put it off for so long!)

  132. Kendra Lacrosse says:

    I painted the front door hallway yesterday which added a calming effect as you enter the house.

    Many more areas to do!

  133. We bought a fixer-upper house and are currently trying to make it a home – so we’ve done tons of improvements lately! The latest is picking out knobs/drawer pulls for the newly painted kitchen cabinets.

  134. The last thing we did was to the outside. We hired a professional to power wash our house. It looks great! We usually do it ourselves, well, my husband does most, but it is such a big job. The last inside improvement was new carpet and flooring (my husband and I did all of the flooring ourselves). We still need to finish up painting, but we are not good at it at all, so it has been put on the back burner for now. I really wish we could find someone (good and cheap) to do this for us.

  135. We have been clearing out the clutter! I finally parted with all my workbooks, notebooks, and notes from K-12 and even college! It cleared out so much room! And when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, we will be purging there too! I have way to many decorations for our little house!

  136. We had a leaky pipe in the basement, which we took as impetus for a basement remodel. Now the dank, dark walkout basement is light and bright with new lighting, new drywall and a creamy coat of paint. Finally! A basement I’m not creeped out by!

  137. I’ve been focusing on managing my children’s toys. Our house is so much nicer to live in when we don’t trip over them!

  138. I found a 12 ft by 8 ft area rug for our family room at a consignment store for $50!! It makes the room seems so much warmer and pulled together. Painting is definitely in my future, so this giveaway would be great!

  139. We finally painted our master bedroom. It is so calming and relaxing to have a uniform lighter color….done! Also we took down our large bathroom mirror and put up 2 inexpensive mirrors over each sink! Love it!

  140. Andrea Watts says:

    We removed the popcorn out of the living room and painted the ceiling. Big improvement. Now for the bathroom.

  141. Our laundry room is our current work-in-progress. We are re-tiling the floor and putting in cabinets to make it more functional for us – and cuter, too!

  142. We painted our master bathroom (after having the primered look for 5 yrs :) and I added a bouquet of flowers at the kitchen table! Beautiful!

  143. Painted the living room and hung some paintings my mom gave us!

  144. The last thing we did was spring cleaning.

  145. I am working on decluttering and reorganizing our rooms now that my son has flown the nest. It is amazing how much we have just for school projects, etc. Once I finish, I will definitely be repainting and love the idea of this dripless paint.

  146. We are currently in the middle of our “last thing”. We are turning the guest room into a big-boy room for my son. We’ve donated to Goodwill, thrown stuff away, dusted, and are painting this weekend. Big Boy Bed comes tomorrow! And we’ve inspired ourselves to touch up the rest of the house as well….so this giveaway is just what we need!

  147. decluttering… there is a thing as too many picture frames. i didn’t used to think that, but now i know it to be true. :)

  148. we recently had our mother-in-law move in with us after she had a stroke we’ve had to rearrange our whole home our kids now have the master bedroom and grandma has our daughters bedroom and we have the boys bedroom. ya know the old saying when life gives you lemons make lemonade well we sure are making do

  149. In the process of changing my 13 yr old sons room from a little boys dinosaur room into a “teenage” room. Found a comforter, now just need to paint!

  150. We are actually adding on to our home right now (in more ways than one.) We have been a family of 7 living in a 2 bedroom house, and are expecting baby #6 any day. We’re adding on 2 more bedrooms. My favorite “little ” thing to do to freshen up the house is paint. I love fresh paint!

  151. Great ideas in this post. I was just thinking how I needed to repaint our trim and touch up some paint in our home. The last thing we did was change the lighting in our kitchen. We had florescent lighting that was too abrasive for my taste. I had my husband install can lights. The lighting is so much softer but still bright enough to be pleasant while cooking! Thanks for this post.

  152. We painted the front door on the outside. It is not covered so it is hit by all the elements and it was amazing how much difference it made.

  153. The last thing I did to jazz up our home is buy some pumpkins and a fall wreath for the front door. It makes me feel good to drive up and see those beautiful fall colors!

  154. In the process of refinishing an antique pew. I am going to add it to the entry with a row of hooks above it to create a place where kids can sit comfortably and take off shoes and hang their jackets and book bags neatly!

  155. I have done two things recently that made my home more inviting, and neither cost me a dime.
    I cleaned out all the closets and love opening them up and seeing shelf space.
    I also borrowed my parent’s carpet cleaner and cleaned the living furniture and area rug.

  156. I am making photo collage’s to spruce up our space.

  157. I bought a dustbuster to easily get dog hair off the couch and stairs- that always helps a house look fresher :)

  158. I bought new countertops for the kitchen and cleaned out the garage.

  159. Kimberly Rhoades says:

    Spent less than $2.00 on Rit Dye at Hobby Lobby—and got brand-“new” LR and bedroom curtains–and threw in a few socks, too. :-)

  160. I just swept my front porch and put some pumpkins out

  161. I reorganized my kitchen cabinets and decluttered the stuff I never use – it’s amazing how much room I now have in there.

  162. The last thing that we did to jazz up our house was we re-painted the trim around our front door. It made a huge difference!

  163. We added an electric fireplace. We don’t use the heat feature too often (its expensive to run), but turning on the flames adds such a cozyness to our home!

  164. We painted our shutters and front door to match!

  165. Just last week we rearranged the furniture in our sunroom and living room, bringing my home office desk to the sunniest spot. We purchased a sofa table with storage cubbies from IKEA to use as a room divider between the sunroom office and living room. And I’m going to have the windows washed before winter.

  166. The last thing I did was paint our dull, white kitchen a springy shade of green. I couldn’t afford to buy paint to touch up the trim too, so that’s what I’m going to do if I win!

  167. New windows! Our house is 11 yr. old and needs some updating done to it!!

  168. I rearranged the furniture!

  169. The last big thing we did to make our home more comfy for our family of 6 was get rid of a half wall in the eating area of our kitchen. It was “decorative” and just took up space. Getting rid of it gave us more space and were able to put another chair at the end our rectangular table.

  170. We took down old curtains with bent rods and hung white shutters! Makes the room so much brighter!! We need to paint the trim to match so this giveaway is very timely! Crossing my fingers… Thank you!

  171. slowly decluttering and organizing makes it look much better

  172. We did some landscaping!

  173. We moved to a new house- but haven’t painted so need the jazz!

  174. We are in the process of de-cluttering….I have had pick-ups every month for the last 6 months and am donating a huge box more to our church rummage sale this week. So far, it is making a big difference!

  175. Changing up artwork is the thing I do most. It’s easy and it can change the entire style of a room!

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  176. We painted our garage door and a shoe rack! :o)

  177. We are working on organizing and de-cluttering.

  178. The last “jazz up” project for us was adding new wall art to the staircase. Made a HUGE difference. Now to “jazz” up the two monsterous walls that need help in the kitchen. :-)

  179. We’re putting in new windows and vinyl siding on the house. Inside I’m trying to scrub the walls.

  180. I recently went through and decluttered the upstairs. Its so nice to have more space and less “stuff” to look at.

  181. We rearranged our basement…made it more cozy as a play area and movie area!

  182. The last thing we did jazz up our house was to put pictures on the wall and a rug on the floor in our powder bath.

  183. AllieZirkle says:

    We recently bought furniture! Moving from bean bag chairs to a real couch is awesome!

  184. I pulled an old dresser out of our garage and put it in the entry of our house, the drawers are now full of toys and games and books that were stacked in piles in the corner. We thought it would be temporary until I found something else, but we LOVE it!!

  185. I jazzed up one entry wall with a large stencil and small bottle of champagne color paint – all purchaes with 50% coupon at chain craft store.

  186. We did a whole lot of painting (and paying people to paint) in the last year to jazz up the house. If there’s anything my husband hates, it’s plain beige walls!

  187. Kristin Peterson says:

    The last thing I did was to spruce up our home was to paint our fireplace with a fresh coat of white. MUCH better!

  188. we are currently trying to jazz it up now as we are remodeling and adding an addition. we are overwhelmed with the options and are unsure of what we are going to do, but i’m excited for all that is to come. so i think our jazzing up is a work in progress!

  189. We put up crown moulding in our mudroom.

  190. I painted our kitchen cabinets and used Glidden Bittersweet Chocolate paint. Love it!

  191. The last thing we did to jazz up our house was to remove an old air conditioner and add a window there instead. It made a dark space much brighter and was such an improvement!!

  192. I have actually been working on just this…ways to spruce up the house. We have crown moulding being installed next week and I am looking to replace kitchen cabinet doors for a new look. Also, much work is needed on de-cluttering.

  193. I would definently touch up my kids’ bedrooms trim. It gets so knicked up and grungy. That would be great!

  194. Angie McCall says:

    The last thing we did in our home was paint an accent wall chocolate brown and declutter by getting rid of some large unnecessary furniture pieces.

  195. I have been trying to get rid of things which helps things to look better around here. I also did some touch up painting in our bathroom and it really does look better!

  196. The last thing we did to our home was to take the computer and desk out of the living room.

  197. Danielle Fellers says:

    I recently decluttered my home. It made a big difference!!

  198. We just bought a new house (well, we close at the end of the month), and it’s an older home so I’m sure it will need lots of sprucing up. I’m just not sure what. Currently, we’re living in a rental, and I’m not doing anything to it…only one more month!

  199. The last thing we did was paint our family room. We still have to do the trim and doors.

  200. The last thing we did was purchased an area rug for our living room! It’s amazing what a difference one rug can make :)

  201. Rachel Hodges says:

    Our bathroom needs a new paint job.. I painted it a few years ago .. and it turned out SO bad!! What do you do with a bathroom that has yellow/gold tile from the ’60s?? I need a gift card.. and a consult! ;)

  202. We recently rearranged some things and decluttered, making it seem like we had more room than before. Our next project is painting.

  203. Christine S says:

    I hung some (empty) frames. I did finally get some pictures in them :D

  204. Decluttered, sorted through books and bought much needed bookcases for our school area. A nice library look now instead of a “creative” mess of books.

  205. Just painted the front living room the same dark green color in your bedroom picture. Looooove it!!!!

  206. We have lived in our current house for almost six years. We are trying to spruce up our house. We were just talking about painting our trim and seeing your post was perfect timing.

  207. Tracey Bridges says:

    I hung some new pictures in my bedroom and bathroom. Thanks for the giveaway!

  208. We just purchased our first home, a foreclosure. Needless to say every week includes projects including painting, sanding, tiling and more. Painting wood framed windows white has really helped freshen some rooms.

  209. i bought a new rug to brighten our family room!

  210. We just replaces our allergy causing carpet with woodfloors.

  211. Stephanie says:

    The last thing I did to jazz up my home was paint the fireplace! I did a dark brown trim a a metallic gold paint above the mantle :)

  212. I’m still working on the decluttering, but I want it done so bad!!

  213. The last thing I did was clean it inside and out at the end of August and painted the living room! :)

  214. We painted the ceiling in our basement. First time it’s been painted since it was installed over50 years ago. Huge difference! Now we can’t keep the kids out of the basement :)

  215. We have only been in our current home for 14 months, so there’s always something going on. The last jazzy thing (though a major one) was to add a sliding back door where there were only windows before, leading out to a new deck. We have one more room to paint (office, bedroom, not sure what it is yet!). Admittedly though, when we repainted all the other rooms, we decided the trim was good enough out of exhaustion. Now it sort of looks dumpy!

  216. The last thing I did for our home was to set up our “homeschool room” in one of the bedrooms instead of the living room where it used to be. Now we are in a carpeted room (instead of tile) and it is much more comfortable. We just have to do the art & science projects in another room ;)

  217. Our current house project is turning our 2 story family room into a one story family room with a new bedroom above it. It’s a slow process, but the results will be worth it!

  218. I removed the old indoor/outdoor carpeting on my back entry landing and replaced it with some peel&stick tiles; it’s so much nicer now when the dogs come in wet and muddy to clean up and it only cost me about $10 for the tiles and my time.

  219. Well we built this house – mostly ourselves just a few years ago so there hasn’t been much improvements since

  220. DH painted our fireplace to give it color and texture! (extra bonus: it no longer shows footprints when anyone steps on it!)

  221. Katherine says:

    After having a minor floor in our bathroom, we finally got new floors! IT is great!

  222. My last home “upgrade” was having the carpets cleaned. How did we live here so long without doing it yet? Made a huge difference. Probably time to do it again.

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