Remove dated wallpaper. Use a scoring tool to score the wallpaper. Apply wallpaper stripper according to the label instructions. Use a dry wall knife to remove the remaining wallpaper. Paint the wall surface in a modern hue of your choice.
Fill nicks and scratches in wood-paneled walls with wood putty and prime the wood prior to painting. Avoid too much paint mess by taping off trim and protecting flooring with plastic tarps. Paint worn, dark wood-paneled walls and trim in a contemporary shade.
Replace carpeting or add area rugs. New carpeting can be very expensive. Add a modern area rug to break up a dated carpet. Once you have added your furniture and other modern details, carpet will be less of a focal point.
Add light window treatments. Dark, heavy window coverings can make a space feel dingy. Update the look of windows with fresh, lightweight draperies.
Replace door knobs and drawer pulls. Choose a fresh style to match your taste. This simple change will impact your 1980s home immediately.
Install new bath and kitchen faucets. The design of bathroom and kitchen faucets has changed greatly since the 1980s. Faucets are a focal point in bathroom and kitchen design.