Try these tips to stretch your decorating dollar

A new home at the old address can be easy and economical to achieve when you change the look of wooden cabinets, furniture and doors yourself.

Here are hints on how:

• Make sure you have drop cloths, rags, sandpaper and paper towels.

• Carefully read all label directions before you begin working.

• To save time and trouble, look for a wood stain and finish in one that offers rich color and the beauty of a hand-rubbed look.

• Try a water-based product for ease of application, quick drying time and soap and water cleanup.