Small updates to your kitchen can make a big difference in terms of home value and comfort.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home, since it is the place we go every morning for our coffee, and where we gather in the evening to cook dinner. Any time you go see a prospective house, the kitchen is one of the first things you look at, and an ugly kitchen can definitely be a deal breaker. But what do you do if you already own a home, but your kitchen just isn’t living up to it’s potential? You could renovate, but if you don’t have the budget for that, there are smaller ways you can redo your kitchen without breaking the bank.
Here are the five cheapest ways to give your kitchen a simple facelift.
Lighting is the most important feature in any room, and it’s a super easy thing to change if you know what you are doing. The first thing you should do is go to IKEA and get strip lights for under the cabinetry. This will immediately give you some romantic kitchen light, and make the room look more expensive.
Cabinets are probably the first thing anyone looks at in your kitchen, so if yours are ugly, paint them white or blue, or splurge for new doors (again, IKEA is really affordable). If you have nice dishware or glassware, consider removing the doors (and spackling the screw holes), or installing glass doors. These easy fixes can turn old, ugly cabinets into informal showcases. Install under-shelf lighting in the glass cabinets if you’re feeling fancy.
Backsplashes are really important for any kitchen, especially if you cook a lot. Luckily there are a million options, and it’s really easy to DIY. All you have to do is head to your local home depot and choose a pre-cut tile backsplash that looks good with your kitchen. Some of them even have a ‘stick-on’ option to make it even easier.
Fixtures can really make or break a kitchen, because even if your cabinets look great, outdated or mis-matched fixtures will ruin the overall look. Amazon, Etsy, and Hobby Lobby are great places to get unique fixtures, if you’re looking for something unique.
Appliances can be costly, but they make a huge difference in the look and feel of your kitchen. Considering all the money you can save by getting creative with your cabinetry, spending $500 for a stainless steel stove, or $700 for a matching fridge might be the final touch your kitchen needs to go from drab to fab. Chances are, you won’t regret it.[ via ]