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October 23, 2015

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Log Home

If your log home is starting to feel a little bit tired or outdated, and a major renovation isn’t in your plans just yet, here are a few easy ways to upgrade your log home with weekend projects most anyone can do that will transform the look and feel of your home.

Front porch: Make a great first impression by transforming those plain steps into a welcoming front porch. It doesn’t have to be a full-scale wraparound version to make a statement. Just widen your front stops out a few feet in each direction, add a simple pergola, place containers of seasonal flowers, vines or shrubs at each corner and you’ve got yourself a porch.

Doors: Your new porch deserves a new door. Impress your guests when entering your home by changing out old-fashion aluminum doors for solid wood French doors or a door painted in a fresh color for an updated, elegant look.

Stairs: If you have wood stairs, handrails and bannisters in your log home, they can disappear by blending in with the rest of the wood in your home. Turn them into a showcase architectural feature by painting the rails a fresh new color, such as white or light grey or slate blue, that contrasts with the wood and helps the

Feature Walls: The same fresh coat of paint that offers a contrast on your stairs can also carry through into other rooms. Paint your closet doors in a contrasting color to carry the theme throughout the house and give the rooms a new feel. If you want to take it even further, create a feature wall with unexpected paint colors and fun décor including stencils, fabrics, wallpapers, or decals like the ones in this Etsy shop that focus on cabin life.

Install a closet system. Nothing makes your house feel dreary and blah like clutter. Make a trip to Ikea, the Container Store, Target or Wal-Mart and check out the attractive and practical ways you can create a closet organizing system all on your own. Take some time to check out Pinterest or other online sites for ideas. Go to the store armed with the closets full measurements and have fun. You won’t believe how much better it will look and feel in your home with all the clutter finally put away.

Upgrade kitchen cabinets: If your kitchen cabinets are looking tired, you’ve got a few easy options for giving them some pizazz. The easiest and quickest change you can make is replacing your cabinet hardware. Drawer pulls and cabinet knobs are only a few dollars each and you can pick and choose from an almost endless variety of styles. Head to antiques stores, local department stores and don’t worry too much about having them all perfectly match. Taking it a step further, if you’re handy and want to get the look of new cabinets without distressing your bank account, you can sand them down and paint them a new color.

Any of these projects are sure to inject new life into your log home and give it the love and care it deserves. If you like these ideas, check out our website for more ideas and lots of photos for inspiration, and be sure to reach out to our log home restoration and renovation experts at Prolog Restorations if you need any help along the way.