By Gene And Katie Hamilton
10 Quick Fix Ups Before the Holidays
You don't have to spend a lot of time and money (who has any?) to make your home special at this time of year. You can complete any one of these budget-friendly decorating ideas in an afternoon and enjoy the mojo and magic it creates throughout the coming year.
Surprise your holiday guests with the simple addition of a medallion around a ceiling light fixture. It creates interest and appeal on an ordinary ceiling and it's easy and inexpensive to do it yourself.
Add a Ceiling Medallion
When everyone gathers in the family room they'll be surprised with the fresh new look of the suspended ceiling. It's a simple job to conceal an old dirty grid with new cover ups one that can transform a room. Cover Up a Ceiling Grid
To make the most of an otherwise ho-hum wall consider the addition of a decorative shelf. Use it to show off a holliday collection and change it with the seasons or your decorating whim.
Hang a Wall Shelf
Details make the difference and it's easy to add them to a home with brackets installed in an alcove or passageway between rooms. This project is easy to do and will add a nice architectural element to your home. Add Wood Brackets
Replace a not-so-favorite picture on the wall with a mirror and your holiday guests will think you redecorated. Whether it's ordinary or ornate a wall mirror opens up the room and gives it a fresh new look. Hang a Mirror
When you're not sure what type of treatment to cover a window you won't go wrong choosing wooden blinds. They add texture and style to a room which makes them a good choice for any style of furnishings.
Install Wood Blinds
Even the most ordinary window shade or drapery becomes a focal point in a room when you top it with a wooden cornice. You can order them made to size and install them easily.
Install a Window Cornice
Lighten the way to your home for the holidays with a solar entry light. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to install and enjoy its soft lighting at your front entry. Add a Solar Entry Light
Add some stylish lighting by swapping a recessed light fixture with a pendant that hangs from the ceiling. This conversion kit makes short work of an electrical project that will completely change the look of a room.
Convert a Recessed Fixture with a Pendant
Dim the lights in the room and turn on the Christmas tree lights to create a warm and wonderful evening. It's easy when you install a dimmer switch you'll enjoy throughout the year. Add a Dimmer Switch