Home Improvement Tips For Renters
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Don’t let not owning your home stop you from making it look and feel special. As a renter, it probably doesn’t make sense for you to invest significantly in your current dwelling, but there are low-cost beautifiers you should take advantage of–whether you consider this to be your long-term home or simply a stop-over on your road to home ownership.

Paint. Some landlords will take on this task for you but others will expect you to spruce up the walls on your own, particularly if you have been in the same space for a number of years. Dingy walls immediately downgrade the look of any room. Painting, particularly if you do it yourself, is a relatively easy and inexpensive project. You don’t have to paint every wall in every room, but can focus on window trim and doors, or the grimiest rooms such as the kitchen. Before you take brush in hand, however, make sure your landlord approves of this change, particularly if you will be tearing down wallpaper.

Create the illusion of space. You may not be able to break down walls, but you can open up an area by hanging large mirrors on one or more surfaces. Mirrors can go floor to ceiling, take up half a wall or be clustered as an arrangement, making a small dining or living room feel much larger. Think about what parts of the room you wish to have reflected before hanging anything. If yo…………… continues on CBS Local

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Community calendar for April 23 – The State
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RALLY FOR OUR VETERANS: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday in front of the State House, Main and Gervais streets. The rally will focus on veterans’ access to physical and mental health care, spousal benefits and programs for homeless veterans. Keynote speaker will be S.C. National Guard Capt. Michael Haley, first gentleman of South Carolina. (803) 576-1906

FREE DO-IT-YOURSELF DIVORCE WORKSHOP: 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Cayce-West Columbia Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia. South Carolina Legal Services can show you how to file your own divorce if you have been separated for at least one year; you have no minor children; have no property or debts to be divided and are not seeking alimony. Reservations only, call (803) 799-9668.

MEET THE CIDER MAKER: 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday at Flying Saucer Columbia, 931 Senate St. Tasting and food pairings with brew master and cider maker John Matson of Woodchuck Hard Cider. $ 25, U.F.O. Club members, $ 20; includes flight of ciders (chocolate, mint, amber, pear and Magners) and access to barbecue style buffet with meat selections cooked in Woodchuck ciders. Tickets will be entered into an 8 p.m. raffle for Woodchuck camping packs. (80…………… continues on Community calendar for April 23 – The State

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