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If you're looking to get creative but to do so on a budget, then one fun activity to look at is upcycling an old painting and making it more personal to your style. By old paintings we mean those $2 thrift store oil paintings and popular prints you nabbed for cheap at a garage sale last year. A lot of these paintings get tossed out because they are often plain and don't fit a lot of modern homes. For example, a woodsy oil landscape painting might be pretty but it can also be pretty boring. The following is a look at three ways you can tap into your creative side and transform those old paintings into talking points:

3 Ways to Update an Old Painting and Make it Yours

  • Add in your favorite pop-culture characters. This has actually become a popular art technique used by artists like David Irvine, but really anyone can do it. For those looking to expand their paint skills, simply use acrylic paint to paint your desired pop-culture character directly onto the canvas itself. If you don't trust your painting skills, then find or print and cut out an image of your desired pop-culture character(s) and use a product like Mod Podge to adhere the image to the oil painting. 
  • Invert it with word art. Two of the most appealing qualities of oil paintings are the colors and textures. The swirls of paint strokes and the gorgeous merging of bright and pastel colors. If you have a painting in which you love these qualities but find the general subject to be boring -- such as a bowl of fruit on a kitchen table -- then one great way of personalizing it is to invert it with words. In this process, what you do is consider a phrase you love. Print out that phrase in large letters and then use them to create an inverted stencil. So instead of painting in the letters, you'll paint everything else so that your desired phrase pops out with the oil painting colors and textures you love. This page offers a great step-by-step tutorial of this technique. 
  • Dip it for a new perspective. This technique has grown thanks to artist Oliver Jeffers who uses it primarily for portrait oil paintings. While his portrait technique is cool as it makes people appear as they are looking over a wall, it's not the only type of painting you can use it. Dipping a landscape or subject piece sideways or diagonal can also create a cool and more modern look. To create the dip look, you can either quite literally dip the whole painting into an appropriately sized bucket or you can tape off a line and paint on the desired side. 
  • Stay Creative and Stay Tuned

    These three upcycle tips are great to follow whether you're looking to release some creative energy or want to update your living room aesthetics. For more tips, don't forget to subscribe!



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    If you've recently purchased a home that was built long ago, prepare to make a few upgrades in the name of comfort. From upgrading windows and doors to replacing worn-out appliances, these are the improvements that easily pay for themselves over time. Best of all - they'll boost the way your vintage home performs in both summer and winter.

    Replace an Outdated Furnace with Zoned HVAC

    If your home is still heated by its original oil-burning furnace, it's time to consider upgrading to a much more efficient HVAC system. A vintage furnace may still bring heat into your home, but there is a good chance you're losing efficiency through leaky ductwork. You may also be constantly heating and cooling areas of the home whether you spend a lot of time in them or not. Switching to a zoned HVAC system not only pays for itself over time, but it keeps you more comfortable where you need it.

    Zoned heat and air lets you adjust how much conditioned air flows to specific areas of your home. If you spend little time in the master bedroom throughout the day, for example, you can set the thermostat lower in just that room to conserve energy. You can also crank up your air conditioning on hot days without freezing the rest of the house.

    The average cost of installing zoned HVAC is between $2,500 and 3,500, according to Homeguide. It's a small price to pay for a reliable, energy-saving system that consistently lowers your utility bill and handles the temperature and humidity inside your home year-round.

    Invest in New Energy-Star-Rated Appliances

    You'd be surprised to learn how pricey it is to run an old hot water heater or power a refrigerator that was built in the 1990s. You may think using existing appliances will save you money, but they'll end up costing you in the long run.

    Most new appliances are engineered to run between 19 and 65 percent more efficiently than they did in the 90s. Over time that's hundreds of dollars in additional energy costs you'll incur by not replacing vintage models. And when you do decide to upgrade, choose models that have an Energy-Star rating. These are backed by the U.S. government and guaranteed to run efficiently and to lessen your home's carbon footprint.

    Consider Replacement Windows and Doors

    While you can caulk and use weather stripping to seal leaks around aging windows and doors, it's better to replace them altogether if you have the budget. Windows that offer features such as double-paned glass, double glazing and low emissivity are highly energy efficient. They're designed to keep out the worst of the summer sun's rays in summer, while keeping conditioned air inside your home year-round.

    If you make even a single upgrade a year to your existing home, you can slowly lessen the amount of energy you use. Your spaces will stay warmer in winter and cooler during the most sizzling days of summer for comfortable living all year round.


    A successful home seller knows exactly what it takes to list a residence and maximize its value, regardless of the current real estate market's conditions. In fact, a successful home seller displays many attributes, such as:

    1. Empathy

    If a home seller can step into a homebuyer's shoes, he or she may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful home selling experience. Thus, empathy may play a key role in your ability to quickly sell your house and receive the best price for it.

    When it comes to analyzing the buyer's perspective, it generally helps to conduct a home inspection. That way, you can receive insights into any underlying home issues and address these problems accordingly.

    Furthermore, an empathetic home seller may be more likely than others to conduct a home appraisal. With a home appraisal report in hand, a home seller can use a data-based property valuation to establish a competitive home price.

    2. Diligence

    A successful home seller will do everything possible to achieve the optimal results throughout the home selling journey. As such, this individual is diligent and allocates the necessary time and resources to learn what it takes to sell a house.

    Typically, a successful home seller will work with a real estate agent, and for good reason. A real estate agent can provide expert insights into the housing market and help a seller get his or her residence ready to sell. Then, a real estate agent can offer comprehensive recommendations and tips to ensure a home seller can succeed.

    3. Patience

    Patience is a virtue that no successful home seller can live without. If a home seller displays patience, he or she may be able to address various home selling challenges with ease.

    For example, a patient home seller understands that the housing market frequently fluctuates, and a seller's market today may transform into a buyer's market tomorrow. This seller also may realize that there is no guarantee that his or her house will sell as soon as it becomes available. Yet a patient home seller is prepared to deal with the uncertainty surrounding the real estate market and will remain calm, cool and collected, even in tough times.

    Selling a home may prove to be a long, arduous process, particularly for those who are unprepared to deal with potential challenges throughout the home selling journey. Luckily, real estate agents are available who can assist you as the home selling journey moves forward.

    A real estate agent can help a home seller list a residence and showcase it to the right groups of buyers. Plus, a real estate agent is happy to help a home seller alleviate stress during the home selling journey and ensure this individual can succeed in any housing market, at any time.

    Want to succeed as a home seller? Reach out to a local real estate agent, and you can get the support you need to thrive throughout the home selling journey.


    This Condo in Boston, MA recently sold for $420,000. This 2/3 Family style home was sold by Scott Miller - Autograph Properties.


    62 O Street, Boston, MA 02127

    South Boston

    Condo

    $424,900
    Price
    $420,000
    Sale Price

    3
    Rooms
    1
    Beds
    1
    Baths
    New Construction! Sparkling second floor, petite 1 bedroom with open layout, tall ceilings, gorgeous hardwood flooring and luxury finishes. Desirable East Side neighborhood, walk to Castle Island and The Seaport! An ideal first buy or pied-a-terre. Low fees, low taxes, affordable price, new everything!

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    This Condo in Boston, MA recently sold for $509,900. This 2/3 Family style home was sold by Scott Miller - Autograph Properties.


    64 O Street, Boston, MA 02127

    South Boston

    Condo

    $509,900
    Price
    $509,900
    Sale Price

    3
    Rooms
    1
    Beds
    1
    Baths
    Sparkling 1 bedroom with open layout, tall ceilings, gorgeous hardwood flooring and luxury finishes. Desirable East Side Neighborhood, walk to Castle Island and Seaport! An ideal first buy or pied-a-terre. Low fees, low taxes, affordable price, fully Renovated!

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