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    Things That Make A Home Look Dated (And How to Fix Them)

    Whether you’re buying or selling real estate everyone tells the funny story about the home they saw (or have) with gold shag carpeting and/or avocado colored appliances. But what other features really date a home AND how can you update them?

    1. Old window treatments. Anything with heavy fabric, ties, fringe, is broken or cracked that belonged in the 70s, 80s or 90s is DATED.
    Update with light curtains or modern shades.

    2. Old wallpaper or borders are DATED.
    Update with bold patterns, stripes or faux finishes.

    3. Old colors. Hunter green, mauve or gold – DATED.
    Update with light colors like greys, tans and off-whites.

    4. Brass or gold light fixtures are DATED.
    Update with modern, industrial or classic looks from bronze to graphite.

    5. Analog thermostat controls are DATED.
    Smart thermostats come in a variety of styles and are easy to install.

    6. Old cabinet hardware is DATED.
    Modern matching pulls or knobs in pewter, chrome or nickel.

    7. Wood wall panels are DATED and make rooms dark.
    Remove or paint over panels and paint a neutral gray or tan.

    8. Popcorn ceilings are DATED.
    Remove the popcorn or cover it with a new layer of drywall, then add a couple coats of paint.

    9. Tile counters are DATED.
    Solid surface marble, quartz, granite, soapstone or concrete are all on trend options.

    10. Carpet in the bathroom is DATED.
    Remove and replace with tile for a modern or classic look.

    Read the entire list at MSN | Elizabeth Flaherty | The Family Handyman | 10/6/2017

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