Inexpensive Home Improvement

If you’re looking to do some home improvement and make your home look new again, here are things to do and items to buy based on my experience.


  • Doors
    • Ultra Pure White (semigloss or glossy)
  • Kitchen and Bathrooms
    • Walls: Cream in My Coffee (semigloss)
    • Ceiling: Swiss Coffee (semigloss)
  • Baseboards
    • Ultra Pure White (semigloss)
  • Everywhere Else
    • Walls: Cream in My Coffee (flat)
    • Ceiling: Swiss Coffee (flat)
  • Home Depot has both of these colors premade on shelves so you don’t have to wait for them to make them.

Door Knobs / Handles

  • Oil-Rubbed Bronze Hinges
    • $23 for a pack of 12 (Dynasty Brand) on Amazon
  • Oil-Rubbed Bronze Door Handles
    • Bathroom Privacy Set (Dynasty Brand) – $20 on Amazon
    • Keyed Entry Set (Dynasty Brand) – $23 on Amazon
    • Passage Set (Dynasty Brand) – $24 on Amazon
  • Door Stops
    • Gatehouse 1-3/4-in x 3-in Universal Kick-Down Stop – $5.98 at Lowes

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Light Bulb Comparison

Recently, I hired some people to install recessed lights in my home. Unfortunately, with so many types of light bulbs available, it was quite confusing trying to find which lights I should get. The small GU10 lights bulbs were great as spot lights for the bathroom and kitchen / dining areas. Following is a comparison of the 3 main types of light bulbs available and their characteristics:

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