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Renovate with paint and save big bucks

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From tackling weekend DIY projects to transforming furniture you already own, there are many ways to make big changes on a small budget.

Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares three tips for refreshing your home on a budget.

Beautiful DIY kitchen upgrades: “Transform your kitchen without the cost of a full renovation by repainting kitchen cabinets. Easily achieve a completely new look in a weekend by repainting your upper or lower cabinets,” says Grech.

Not ready to commit to repainting all your cabinets? “Paint the cabinets on just your kitchen island a bold colour to make this the focal point of the room and transform the look and feel of your whole kitchen.”

Don’t replace, repaint: “Instead of replacing wooden furniture, repaint it to give your home a revamp. From wooden chairs to coffee tables and dressers, you can easily update furniture yourself to give

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Lorraine Bracco Will Renovate a Home in Sicily for New HGTV Series

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Lorraine Bracco is getting into the home-renovation business — and the home-renovation television business — on HGTV’s “My Big Italian Adventure.”

In the upcoming series, the “Goodfellas” and “Sopranos” actress will remodel a 200-year-old, 1,075-square-foot home that she purchased in Sicily for exactly one euro. Her reno budget will be many, many, many multiples of that.

Bracco will be joined in the tiny hilltop town of Sambuca di Sicilia by an architect, a contractor (Piero) and a translator (Cynthia).

The mayor of Sambuca famously created the one-euro program to help sell the town’s vacant homes quickly and inexpensively. The goal was to encourage families to return to the rural oasis, but the catch is that renovation on the homes must be completed within three years of purchase.

Bracco’s centuries-old home

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Pleasant Valley Free Library hopes to expand, renovate after fire


Multiple agencies responded to a fire at Pleasant Valley Library Tuesday.

Poughkeepsie Journal

The expansion and renovation of the Pleasant Valley Free Library is expected to break ground two years after a basement fire ravaged the building. 

The fire reached up to the third floor on Nov. 6, 2018. However, the library’s building has since been declared as structurally sound, said Joy Dyson, board of trustees president.

“We’ve received our insurance money from the fire, and the board decided to rebuild in the location,” Dyson said. “Because of the fire, we have to meet all ADA standards for current 21st century requirements.”


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