Photo Gallery: Ty Pennington’s Little Project Tips
“Finding a home with hidden potential is a great way to save money, especially if you’re willing to do things yourself,” says Ty. In the kitchen, adding new hardware and under-cabinet lighting to illuminate the counters better will immediately refresh the space, he adds.
Bathrooms are small, but sometimes the biggest projects are in these spaces, warns Ty. “Steer clear of anything that could be a bigger bite than you can chew.” Easy updates that he recommends include painting cabinets, changing out sink fixtures and updating the lighting. “Most home improvement stores have a great variety of vanity lighting available that comes with all the necessary hardware,” adds Ty.
“Changing out accessories like throw rugs, pillows, and maybe a couple of lamps can bring an entirely new vibe to the living room,” says Ty.
“If you’re romantic, then all you need is plywood, batting, gorgeous fabric and a staplegun,” Ty explains. “If you’re more modern, work with MDF, some simple mouldings and a gallon of glossy brown or black paint.” Another must? “A dimmer switch. Mood is very important in a bedroom.”
“I rarely use blue in a dining room,” says Ty. “Persimmon, cranberry, pumpkin, celery—these are good colours for a dining room.” Can’t afford an expensive buffet or sideboard? “Create easy serving and storage by using unused corners and installing shelves,” he recommends.
“Be sure and incorporate closets and built-in shelves to your basement design,” Ty says. “Then, focus on lighting and the walls—covering cinderblock is not always easy and you want to make sure you consider moisture barriers and use the correct primer and paint.”
“Chances are the extra furniture you have in a small room serves a common purpose: storage,” Ty observes. Instead of relying on multiple short bookshelves or cabinets, look up. Adding a shelf around the top of the room, for instance, can make a room appear bigger and solve the storage problem, he says.