Renovating kitchens and bathrooms can make a huge difference in the resale value of your home. However, if you’re not planning on staying in the space for an extended period of time, you might not want to put a lot of money into renovations, especially if you aren’t sure if you’ll make your money back.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to update your kitchen on a tight budget. These quick fixes will make a huge impact without breaking the bank.
Update the cabinets
While replacing all of the cabinets is extremely expensive, replacing the hardware or refinishing the exteriors is relatively cheap. If you’re able to do the work yourself, you’ll save even more money.
The easiest fix is replacing the hardware. You can get new hardware at any home improvement store or online. Choose a style you like that matches the personality of the house for the best effect. Also, be sure to match upper and lower cabinet hardware. It’s ok to use a combination of knobs and pulls to create a special look.
For the cabinets, you can refinish them with paint, or you can sand and stain them. If you have plain cabinets, the addition of thin, detailed bead board along the interior boundary will create an upscale look found in custom homes. Paint or stain the cabinet to complete the transformation.
Change the backsplash
Changing the backsplash is affordable if you are not replacing tile. Once you get into replacing tile, the expenses are compounded because of the difficulty in demoing the old materials. However, if the backsplash is bare or consists of a material other than tile, you can easily replace it in a single weekend with the material of your choice.
Change the lights
Most lights can be changed yourself without the help of an electrician. Go to your local home improvement store to get some ideas of different lighting options and have fun picking out your next fixture. Not only will the light fixture itself look different, the way that light is cast throughout the room will also change for a dramatic overall effect.
Paint the walls
Fresh paint is always a great way to change the look and feel of a room. Use semi-gloss paint for washable walls without too much of a shine. If you’re not sure about a color, most stores sell sample-size containers so you can preview a selection or compare several colors.
Shop for accessories
Using accessories is an easy and inexpensive way to bring color and personality to your space. Patterned potholders, towels and knick knacks can add a fun, yet functional addition to your kitchen. The best part is that accessories can be had for a wide range of prices, letting you choose how much or how little you want to spend.
Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive. Take advantage of these 5 tricks to getting a great looking kitchen on a small budget and turn your kitchen into the heart of your home.