5 easy upgrades that add big appeal to your home


If your home is ready for a makeover, or just a bit of a facelift, here are some easy DIY upgrades to transform your space.

When it comes to transforming your home it’s often the simple, yet impactful, improvements that can add major appeal to your home.

These quick and simple improvements also mean that by getting your hands a little dirty, you’ll be able to see the results of your work right away.

Here’re a few places you can start.

1. Update your front door

The front door is the smile of your home – it makes a first impression that sets the tone for what’s to come so it pays to make it count.

A fresh coat of paint in a bold colour can instantly boost your home’s curb appeal and create a welcoming entrance.

But, according to experts, the trick to getting a great result with paint is to properly prepare before you even get out a brush and use the highest-quality tools and materials you can afford.

Rushing the job and using cheap materials will only cause you more work down the track.

A lick of bold paint on the front door can stop your front door from looking tired. Picture: Getty

To get a super high-quality result, a 4mm Ultra Microfibre roller gives a smooth finish when also using high-quality paint.

Take the time to properly prepare before painting, which involves cleaning and filling in any existing holes.

Also use high-quality tools to achieve clean lines, smooth finishes, and even coverage, Monarch’s painting expert Mark O’Connor says.

“Whenever I’ve helped DIY’ers with their paint projects, they’ve been totally amazed at the difference premium quality paint brushes and rollers make to the paint finish,” he says.

“And they make the job easier, quicker and more enjoyable.”

2. Refresh your walls

A fresh coat of paint on your walls can instantly transform any room – but which tools will help you get the best result?

If you’re looking to get the job done with ease, then a paint kit designed specifically for walls is a great option.

And for a quality finish, don’t forget to fill in the dents and scratches in the walls before you start. A good quality drop sheet is also beneficial to protect your floors.

Choose a colour that complements your existing furniture and decor or go for a trendy hue to give your space a modern update.

Refreshing the interior of your home is an instant way to add major value. Picture: Getty

And remember to properly prep your walls by cleaning, patching any holes or cracks, and priming before painting for a professional finish.

3. Upgrade your bathroom

Bathrooms are another area of the home that can benefit from a little paint makeover, but don’t be overwhelmed because it can often be a case of a few minor touch ups.

Consider painting the walls in a soft, soothing colour to create a spa-like atmosphere, or go for a bold colour to make a statement.

A Walls Doors and Trim Brush is a great place to start for smaller touch ups, as they’re the perfect tool for painting flat or panel doors, walls and trims of all shapes and sizes.

They’re made with Monarch filament which will help get the perfect finish, and are suitable for both water-based and oil-based paints.

4. Add a feature wall

No, these aren’t out-of-date – In fact, they can add a big impact to a room with minimal time and effort.

Choose a wall that serves as a focal point, such as the one behind your bed or your fireplace and paint it in a bold colour or a trendy pattern.

The right tools can help make light work of the task. Go for this paint roller cover for a low sheen finish and greater coverage to get your paint job done faster. 

A feature wall can instantly add personality and style to your space, making it feel more updated and inviting.

5. Consider an exterior update

If you’re looking add street appeal and making a last impression on your home, don’t neglect the exterior.

Mr O’Connor says a house he visited recently had a real wow factor because of its fence.

The front fence is the first thing people see, so update it with a fresh coat of paint. Picture: Getty

“The removal of an old, cheap front fence, replaced with a new timber fence which was beautifully painted in a fresh light colour made all the difference.”

These exterior brushes are great for fences, as well as this fence brush and pack which are sure to give you a professional looking finish.

But if you’re still unsure which tools are right for the job, Monarch’s product finder will help find the right tools for any of your DIY painting project needs to give your place the spruce up it deserves.

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