Are there any vintage style lovers out there?
Chicago is a city on the rise. And with all the metal and glass buildings with special amenities and modern windows and floors, sometimes you may feel your old house is just too tired to keep up. If you’re a fan of older homes and antique style, though, you may rather do without all the pomp and circumstance that come along with a modern high rise building.
Perhaps you like to enjoy all the ease and cleanliness that come with the brand new, but still want a home with a background and a story in its bones.
No matter what your tastes, sometimes an old home, well, shows its age.
Cracks in the floors, paint that’s chipping off the window panes, rickety drawers that won’t exactly close, uneven floors — the list goes on.
What can you do to make that old space feel fresh and inviting once again? Here are a few ways you can make an old house feel shiny and new, with some sweet, special touches. No complete gut rehab needed!
Touch Up the Paint
A very simple update that’s yes, used by almost every landlord ever, is to touch up the walls with a generous coat of paint.
Even if you’re not wanting to completely change the look and feel of the room, touching up the existing color can not only make the room look just like new, but also feel new, too, a plus in everyone’s book.
Deep Clean Your Floors
But creating that new, polished look and feel in a space that may be feeling borderline-antique shop? For this, a deep cleaning is in order. Take to the floor with a mop and some powerful, concentrated green cleaning solution to ensure a freshly polished look and feel. Be sure to put some elbow grease into the job while mopping or scrubbing for floors that will feel fresh and like new again.
As for your carpets? Special treatments and a “shampoo” job can help make your dated carpet feel like it’s a whole lot newer.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
For an older home — especially one that comes with its own unique design and layout you simply cannot change — getting creative may be what it takes to help you see your familiar space in a new light.
In some cases, bringing new life and energy to your space can be as simple as adding stylish curtains and cozy, colorful rugs under furniture and tables. A fresh painting here, a stunning new houseplant there, a display of candles or essential oil diffusers, new towels in the bathroom: These updates may be small, but you’ll be surprised by their big impact, especially if you make a number of minor swaps or upgrades all at once.
For some inspiration to get started, check out our guide to making your home feel like a luxury hotel, available here.
Revitalize Your Cabinets
One thing most every new homeowner or renter wants? A modern kitchen.
Perhaps you’re not quite in the place to invest in an expensive new kitchen, or maybe you just love the vintage charm of your old one. Whatever you’re looking for in your kitchen, making this space feel fresh and new can be as easy as making some slight updates to the cabinets. Painting cabinets can completely transform them and add new energy to the space.
What’s more, making a simple switch from your current cabinet handles and hardware to a new finish can shift the entire aesthetic of the space, and make your cabinets — and your whole kitchen — feel like new again.
This same mentality can be put to work inside your cabinets and pantry, as well! If you’re feeling overwhelmed by clutter, take some time to get rid of some kitchen gear you don’t need, and find ways to re-organize your storage spaces. Getting your things in order may be just what it takes to make your tired house feel fresh once again.
Fix Up the Fixtures
Old, rusty faucets, outdated ceiling fans, worn out air vents — these things may be small, but you’d be surprised on the impact they have on the feeling put off by your overall space. While it’s OK to not tackle every update at once, investing in a few new, cool fixture updates could be what it takes to see your space transform into something that’s fresh, and gives you the chance to show off your uniqueness and creativity.
And even if you don’t upgrade your fixtures, take some time to clean and polish them. Getting the oft-overlooked “nooks and crannies” and hard-to-reach spaces in your home can make a big difference. Cleaning your baseboards, your ceiling fan, your blinds, and the spaces around your appliances can go a long way toward revitalizing your space.
Bring In Your Local Cleaning Experts!
One of the most effective things you can do to keep your older home feeling like a luxurious new construction? Invest in regular housekeeping and cleaning services.
Even if you’ve bought new curtains and painted your bedroom walls, we can keep your home feeling fresh and new with our specialized, detailed services.
Here at SDCS, we make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful — and always leave you feeling like you’re living in the home of your dreams!
Our teams of professionally trained and uniformed cleaners offer flexible time windows, and can bring all of the cleaning products necessary to clean your home, with an emphasis on green, environmentally friendly materials. We’re available for a variety of services, from deep cleanings to routine housekeeping — all to make sure your space is fresh, tidy, and beautiful, all year long.
When you need to hit refresh on your home life, we can help take some of the pressure off, giving you back time to focus on what matters most. Have any questions? Ready to get started? Drop us a line today for your free cleaning estimate.