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Tip #6: Upgrade using inexpensive, high-quality materials
The fireplace in Zigi and Yusef's living room was surrounded by ceramic tile. Nate says you can upgrade details like this for a small amount of money.

Nate found a cream-colored marble tile at Lowe's that only cost $215 to complete the fireplace. Nate shows Zigi how to tile the fireplace herself. "The real estate listing can say natural stone surround," Nate says.

Nate also hangs two wood panels he found in the garage to call more attention to the new look of the fireplace.

To complete the room, Nate adds new drapes from Lowe's to accentuate the high ceilings, three lamps, two chairs and some throw pillows to the room for a grand total of $984.16.
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Published on January 01, 2006

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