5 Small upgrades with big impact – vintage home edition
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Whether you’re adding a modern twist to your vintage home or faithfully recreating its original style, these five easy upgrades will allow you to make your mark without breaking the bank – or your back.
1. Stay true to the home's history
Glass knobs are a vintage staple, especially for Victorian-style homes. Schlage recently introduced two new glass knobs (Hobson and Alexandria) in the Schlage Custom Door Hardware line, based on the two most popular styles from back in the day. They are much more affordable than their original counterparts, and they’re made with real glass that’s designed to last.
If you prefer the ease and comfort of using a lever rather than a knob, there are plenty of classic lever options that can enhance the look of an older home while staying true to its roots. Our new Whitney Lever is inspired by wrought iron scrollwork forged by classical blacksmiths, adding an authentic touch of traditional style to any room.
2. Upgrade your backsplash
In recent years, manufacturers have done a great job of taking the guesswork out of adding a new backsplash to your kitchen. There are so many affordable and easy to use peel-and-stick patterns available online, it’s easy to find the perfect pattern and color for your kitchen and install it without professional help. Keep an eye on your bathrooms, too, for opportunities to use backsplash tile to add a little personality to your tub and shower or sink.
3. Do a few pantry or storage closet makeovers
There’s nothing better than feeling organized and on top of things. Find your inner Type A with new storage bins and canisters. Look for decorative styles to add a unique personal touch. Bling out your shelves by attaching an eye-catching patterned wallpaper to the back, or simply adding a fresh shelf liner.
4. Paint your old linoleum or vinyl sheet flooring
It may sound crazy, but modern paint is so long-lasting and flexible in terms of surface finish that this can be a great way to revamp your outdated flooring without breaking the budget or hiring help. With a little sandpaper, a lot of paint and some elbow grease, you can have a brand-new looking floor styled exactly to your specifications. There are plenty of tutorials online – we like this one.
5. Create a container garden
If you have a smaller yard, don’t have time to landscape, or just want a slightly different look than the neighbors, a container garden is an easy way to dress up your home’s curb appeal. Try mixing and matching pot sizes and styles for an eclectic look, or choose pots in different shades of the same color for a monochromatic pop. Rainbows are a big trend right now – pair red, orange, yellow, blue and purple solid-colored pots with matching flowers to create your own garden rainbow!