National Home Remodeling Month

By Todd Fratzel on Painting and Finishing

May is National Home Remodeling Month so I thought it would be fitting to talk about easy home improvements and remodeling ideas that DIY folks can do themselves. Remodeling your home can add value, efficiency and peace of mind for years to come.

One of the most popular remodeling ideas is painting a room in your home or even painting an exterior door to add curb appeal. Painting is one of the basic DIY activities that most home owners feel comfortable doing. When I read home improvement blogs over at a large percentage of the home owners talk about painting projects. Painting doesn’t seem to overwhelming to folks, the materials are fairly reasonably priced, the tools are simple and inexpensive and honestly the skills required are pretty basic. Today color seems to be the name of the game when it comes to painting. Adding a distinctive accent wall color or darker earth tones seems give homes a warmth that wasn’t present when all we did was paint the wall Navajo White.

Here are three examples of painting projects that we did in our new home that really added character and warmth:

Paint Your Front
Door With An Accent Color

Add A Chair Rail and
Two Tone Wall Color To A Room

Paint A Room With A Dark Color
Contrasting White Wainscoting

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. fred@opc says:

    Love the red door. All 3 houses we’ve owned have red doors. There’s apparently some psychological real estate study that shows that red doors help homes sell faster – draws your eyes right to the focal point on your home. Very cool.

  2. ermd says:

    You have to match it with the body color too, it goes well with lots of colors but not with all of the colors.

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