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The Inside Outside Guys ~ Give Your Home a Holiday a Spruce Up

From The Detroit News | By Ken Calverley and Chuck Breidenstein

DETROIT, October 26, 2023 ~ The holiday season is officially upon us.

But the house is showing signs of wear and tear and we aren’t feeling good about how it will present to family and friends when we entertain.

What to do? How about considering getting a fresh coat of paint on the outside? Too aggressive on the budget?

We have some other great ideas that will not only impress your houseguests but will also renew your appreciation for the place you call home.


October 29, 2023 ~ Chuck “The Inside Guy” Breidenstein and Ken “The Outside Guy” Calverly offer the knowledge and resources you need to make the home of your dreams a reality. Catch them every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon on 760 WJR.


The first suggestion is to repaint or re-stain your front door and garage doors. The annual cost to value survey conducted by remodelers and real estate professionals always shows that a new look on the main entrance doors creates great curb appeal without major work or expense.

Many doors, whether wood, metal or fiberglass, can be made to visually mimic real wood if the finish is applied by an expert.

The trick to such upgrades is to have them performed by a professional that includes design and assistance in color and product choices.

Another project to consider is removal of all the old wallpaper, patching the plaster and applying new paint to tired old rooms.

One great thing about paint is that it is not a permanent solution to any interior decor.

If styles change or you tire of a color, you can simply re-coat the surface with another choice.

Another idea is to create an accent wall in your great room or elsewhere. Use of bold color on this one wall can help to coordinate the room’s furnishings and can really change the dynamic in the space.

Another way to exploit the accent wall is to create some dimension by applying a geometric design on the wall with unique wood trims.

Repeating patterns from intersecting circles to octagons and more are finding their way on these walls to create an intriguing focal point or background in an interior space.

If your taste runs more to the traditional, you might consider installation of a chair rail in the dining area with a built-up cove molding at the top of the walls.

When expertly combined with fresh coats of complimentary paint colors, the space can be warmed and expanded without moving a wall.

What if you want to be more aggressive with the interior redo, but don’t have the money or time to have a major reconstruction completed?

Consider a kitchen face-lift.

Companies like MacFarland Painting in Livonia and Atlas Home Improvement in Whitmore Lake, can create an entirely new look, feel and functionality in what, for many, is the main work and gathering space in the home.

The idea here is to avoid the cost and inconvenience of a complete tear-out. Doors and drawers are professionally refinished, new hardware is installed and even new countertops can be a part of the project.

Besides great cost and convenience savings, these jobs are usually completed in a single week once begun.

MacFarland also has the capability to perform all the other projects mentioned with their in-house carpentry, custom paint booths and handyman crew.

They have staff to re-finish those wood look front entry doors with beautiful and classy new finishes and can perform repair and prep for most any surface prior to application of new paint.

Take some time to look around the house and consider the possibilities.

Then schedule your home’s personal face-lift using the professionals you can find every day at InsideOutsideGuys.com.


For housing advice and more, listen to “The Inside Outside Guys” every Saturday and Sunday on 760 WJR from 10 a.m. to noon, or contact them at InsideOutsideGuys.com.