This week I’m in DIY mode! If you want to spruce up your kitchen but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, check out the list of improvements you can get started on for under $100. These tips can come in handy when you’re ready to list your home to sell on the market (or if you just want to make your kitchen more enjoyable for yourself!).
- REFRESH THE SINK:
If your sink is starting to look outdated, and you have the eye for DIY, you can purchase some sandpaper and a $4 can of spray paint that is made for metal, and paint that sink to refresh and brighten the color (yes, you can paint your sink – you can paint just about anything!). Check out the link to this DIY tutorial for a budget-friendly refreshed look:
- HANG A NEW LIGHT FIXTURE
A decorative light fixture doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can generally find some decent ones that are under $100. Go for a chrome finish or choose the rustic route, whichever suits the current decor in your kitchen. Here are a couple low-cost options you can find at Home Depot:
- PAINT THE CABINETS
With care taken in the prep work, you can refinish the paint on your cabinets. You can generally get a kit around $75. Refreshing the paint color or the stain can make your kitchen feel brand new. DISCLAIMER: This can be a time consuming project, but it can totally transform your kitchen. I painted the cabinets in my kitchen by myself, and the project took months to finish because 1. I changed my mind on the color halfway through, and redid it, and 2. I would do a few hours, get burnt out, put it off a while, then start back up again. My best advice would be 1. Paint a small area and “test” it out for a couple days to see how it looks at different times of the day in different light, and 2. Use a de-glosser/liquid sandpaper first, then 2-3 coats of primer before you paint, especially if you have cabinets with wood grain. Check out my before and after:
- TURN YOUR FRIDGE INTO A CHALKBOARD
Chalkboard finishes are a hot trend, especially on the fridge! They add more functionality by allowing home owners to write grocery lists, menus, and even to-dos. Use painters tape to outline the shape and size you want to use as the chalkboard then coat it with magnetic primer, then chalkboard paint. Note: I wouldn’t do this on a newer fridge that you want to keep, but if you have an older fridge that you plan on replacing at some point anyway, go for it!
- REPLACE OUTLET PLATES
Replace the outdated outlet wall plates for your light switches. You can add some character to it by using bold patterns, bright colors, or elegant textures. If they look faded, yellow, or chipped, they’re a cheap fix to replace, and can make a huge difference.
- CHANGE HARDWARE
Replacing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets and drawers can provide a drastic change to your kitchen. Not only can you get rid of hideous outdated hardware, but you can add a completely new feel to the theme of your kitchen just by updating the hardware throughout it. You can typically find new hardware for a dollar or two per piece at any hardware store.
- EXPAND STORAGE
Have empty wall space? Search your local home stores for cute baskets or storage containers you can use to fill the space. Not only can it add some character to your kitchen, it also adds functionality and more storage options (a feature potential buyers will notice).
- DRESS UP YOUR DECOR
Bring some color to your kitchen. Throw out decor that looks like it belongs in the 90’s, rugs that are falling apart, and anything else that weighs down a fresh look. Add in some new rugs and hand towels that match your personality and the theme you’re trying to achieve. You can also add some plants and decorative pieces to add character.
- CLEAN UP THE CLUTTER
The best cleaning tip I can give all of my clients is to remove the clutter. Nothing is a bigger eye sore than too many things. It also messes with the energy in a home. Throw out a lot of things that are taking up too much space. If it’s sentimental, see if you can store it in a new place.