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Because the fireplace and mantel were in good condition, all they needed was a fresh coat of white paint to blend with the style of the room. The brick on the fireplace provides subtle texture to the otherwise white room and furnishings. Expert Tip: The easiest (and most inexpensive) way to revive a boring brick fireplace is with paint.
Ranch with Curb Appeal Simple solutions transformed a tired stucco ranch into a home that boasts curb appeal. A new pergola-covered deck and curved walk usher guests to a gabled front porch. Cedar shingles are sealed with a blend of oil-based stain and lacquer pigments, allowing the richness of the wood's texture to show through.