Replacing light fixtures is a little more advanced than some of the other home improvements you can make. Have a skilled friend with you or read up before you attempt this project. And as always, when dealing with electricity, turn the breaker off for the room in which you are working.
If you would prefer to hire an electrician, also consider adding recessed lighting. It can really open up the space, create better lighting and give you a more updated look.
No. 2: Update your bathroom vanity
If you have a solid bathroom vanity, consider painting it.
Most vanities from the '70s and '80s are relatively solid and with a quick coat of paint, can be given a beautifully updated look.
Buy a quart of tinted primer and paint in the color you would like to make your vanity, maybe a crisp white, chocolate brown or a more expressive color. Remove the doors, prime all of the wood and once it dries, put two coats of paint over the primer.
A way to put the finishing touches on this look is to also update the hardware. There are hundreds of decorative pieces you can choose from and it will bring your whole bathroom together.
You won't believe how easily this will update the look in just a few hours.
No. 1: Add a new coat of paint
The easiest way to improve your home's value is with an updated coat of paint. Paint will instantly brighten a room and it will seemingly wipe away the dirt and grime that has collected on the walls over the years.
Worried about picking a color? Think of what you want your room to look like, and create an inspiration file after flipping through magazines or surfing online. Experts at your local paint store can help you pick the right color.
Make sure you prep on the front end to save time and headaches on the back end. Tinted primer will save time on the number of coats it will take to put on the walls. Buy painter's tape to save on your trim and always paint over a drop cloth. If accidents do happen -- and they will -- have a wet rag ready and wipe up the paint right away.
Take before-and-after photos because even you will be amazed at what a huge transformations can happen by doing simple updates.