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6 Simple home updates for the busy mom

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Easy, breezy and beautiful

Updating your home yourself can save a ton of dough, but ain't nobody got time for that! Here are our simple ideas for high-impact home updates that even the busiest mom can do in one evening.

Idea 3: Chalkboard paint an old refrigerator

Chalkboard paint an old refrigerator

Estimated time: 1 hour

A refrigerator may continue to run even after it ceases to be stylish. If you're still saving up for a new fridge but need an updated look in the meantime, cover your outdated refrigerator in chalkboard paint for a fun and functional kitchen conversation piece.

Supplies:

  • Spray primer
  • Sandpaper
  • Brush and small roller
  • Drop cloth
  • Painter's tape
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Black spray-paint for ice dispenser

How to:

  1. Cover the ice dispenser with painter's tape.
  2. Sand your refrigerator — if its material will allow you to do so.
  3. Coat its surfaces with a thick coat of spray-on primer, and let dry.
  4. Brush chalkboard paint across the primed surfaces, and allow to dry between coats.
  5. If you want, spray-paint the ice dispenser with regular black spray-paint.
  6. Decorate with chalk and enjoy!

Idea 4: Refurbish a vanity

Refurbish a vanity

Estimated time: Eight hours total, three hours hands-on

Vanities are a royal pain to replace. If your existing vanity just needs a new finish, Rustoleum products do a fantastic job of breathing new life into tired old bathroom decor.

Supplies:

  • Rustoleum Furniture Transformations kit
  • Drop cloth
  • Blue painter tape
  • Brushes

How to:

  1. Go to your local hardware store and select a kit that matches your taste. The paint section will have to mix it for you.
  2. Follow the directions in the box. Seriously, the Rustoleum product couldn't be any easier to use, and the results are gorgeous. The whole process may take you two to three hours of hands-on work, but you'll want to give the product time to dry between steps.

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