• Laura Redd

Small changes, big impact!

Renovations have long been a hot topic on social media. Whether it be Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or even TikTok, there are so many people showcasing the improvements they're making to their homes. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with ideas, then of course my thoughts go to cost, then time, and mess...see how easy it is to become paralyzed and do nothing?


And of course, if you're spending time with your loved ones this holiday season, you want your home to look fresh. Changes in your home don't have to be big or expensive to have an impact.


If you start small, like changing your faucet in the bath or kitchen, this can bring a whole new feeling to a room without being a big spend. Or, change out lampshades, add new knobs on the kitchen cabinets, switch out a light fixture in your dining room. These are the types of small things that will make a big impact and get you excited to invite others into your home.


A small thing with a big impact could also be adding tile to a wall in your powder room.


Story Time!

My daughter found this really pretty and inexpensive decorative tile that she wanted to put up on the entire wall in her powder room. We see this type of thing on Pinterest all the time, add a vanity and decorative mirror in front of it and BAM it looks AMAZING!


However, she quickly became overwhelmed and discouraged, and even discussed taking the tile back. It wasn’t that it was necessarily hard, but the steps and the tools she needed to do the job just derailed her.

To do a tile job you need the right tools, like a wet tile saw. It is super easy to use, and makes any job go really quick. I rented a tile saw from a home improvement store and gave a lesson and she was off! The first step is adding mastic to the wall for the tile to stick to, always working in a small area. Her husband took on the tile saw and had a great time cutting the tile. She quickly became a pro at grouting. The result was great!


But, we all need to remember that Pinterest can easily be overwhelming, and that's where I come in.


This small project made a big difference and has them interested in taking on something else. My biggest advice for any project you’re doing is to make sure you have LOTS of time to do the project. Nothing is worse than getting into something and running out of time. That leads to a rushed job and regretting even starting. This would be even worse if it made an entire room into your house a construction zone rather than a space for entertaining.


Start with the small stuff, and this will help you build up your confidence to the work up to bigger projects. If you don't have the time, desire or budget to do a large renovation before friends and family come to visit, find a small project that will bring the "Wow!" factor to your holiday gathering.


Connect with me on Instagram or Facebook and show me your small projects! I’m here to help and make sure you finish it right!


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