… we have a small favor to ask. Thousands of people have placed their trust in the Racine County Eye’s high-impact journalism because we focus on solutions-based journalism.

With no shareholders or billionaire owners, we can provide trustworthy journalism that focuses on helping readers.

Unlike many others, Racine County Eye’s journalism is available for everyone to read, regardless of what they can afford to pay. We do this because we believe in information equality. Greater numbers of people can keep track of events, understand their impact on people and communities, and become inspired to take meaningful action.

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our journalism and sustains our future. Support the Racine County Eye from as little as $5 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to give your old, traditional home a touch of modernity. For some small ways to upgrade an older home, keep reading. These simple ideas are quick and practical, and they can make the interior of your home look brand new.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint is a quick, inexpensive way to completely transform your home. You can get paintbrushes and cans of paint at your local hardware store. If your room feels bland, you can incorporate an eye-catching, colorful accent wall, or if you’d prefer something neutral, go for a light gray or a soft pastel blue. You don’t need to stop at your walls, either. You can use any leftover paint to paint your kitchen tiles or wooden furniture or even to give your older decor items a touch-up.

Work with Your Old Utilities and Loose Cords

Your air conditioning and heating unit and other old, outdated utilities can clash with your home’s modern aesthetic, as can partially or fully exposed cables. There are two ways to deal with these visual eyesores: either hide them or transform them. For example, if you’re dealing with a rusty beige-colored baseboard heater, you can give it new life by painting it or, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, fit it with a cover.

Hiding cords can be easy or hard, depending on where they’re placed. Your TV wires are a simple fix. Hook them to the back of your furniture, feed them through a TV stand, or find creative ways to hide them in plain sight. You can tuck other cords into tubing, slip them into a drawer, or even snake them through baseboard accessories.

Add New Lighting

Replacing your light fixtures is another small way to upgrade an older home. Your old recessed lighting is hot and uses more electricity than you’d probably like. Swapping it with LED fixtures is a great way to make your home look fantastic and save hundreds, if not thousands, on electricity. You can get nice, new light fixtures for a great price at furniture stores, home and garden stores, or, if you’re feeling frugal, your local thrift shop. Modern branch chandeliers and fixtures made from glass are some popular, contemporary options. If you’re crafty, you can even make your own simple light fixtures using leftover mason jars or light bulbs.

Advertising disclosure
To support our site and content, we work with partners to present valuable offers to help you save, earn, and get ahead. We may be compensated for the purchase of goods and services made through the links in this offer program.
Offers for you
Curated offers for our readers
advertiser disclosure
CodeMonkey
Coding for kids! Introducing programming games for the next generation. Get your kids coding today.
Start with a free trial.
Start with a free trial.

Get your students coding in no time!

CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where kids learn to code without any prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey's award-winning coding courses, kids will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Kids will love learning to code with CodeMonkey

  • Ready to Go Courses. With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science.
  • Real Coding Languages. CodeMonkey's courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer.
  • Game-Based Learning. Kids learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements.

Free Trial - Enjoy a full-blown gaming experience that will teach your kids to code!


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.