Kitchen Improvements on a Budget!

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Want to spruce up your kitchen but stuck on a tight budget? Check out this list of improvements you can get started on, most of which will cost you less than $100. These tips can come in handy when you’re ready to list your home to sell on the market.

1. REFRESH THE SINK:

If your sink is starting to look outdated, find an affordable, yet stylish, replacement. If you have the eye for DIY, you can also purchase some sandpaper and a $4 can of spray paint that is made for metal, and dye it to refresh and brighten the color.

2. 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. You can also add LED lights under your kitchen cabinets without spending a ton.

3. PAINT THE CABINETS OR WALLS

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.  If the walls are an outdated color, or too dark, a fresh coat of an on trend paint color can make a big difference.  A light color will make the room seem larger.

4. ADD A CHALKBOARD WALL, OR EVEN ON YOUR FRIDGE!

Chalkboard finishes are a hot trend, even 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.

5. REPLACE OUTLET PLATES

Replace the outdated outlet wall plates for your light switches.  If they look faded, yellow, or chipped, they’re a cheap fix to replace.

6. 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 Not only can you get rid of ugly or outdated hardware, but you can change the look and feel of your kitchen just by updating the hardware throughout it.

7. EXPAND STORAGE

Have empty wall space? Search your local home stores for cute baskets, neat organizers, 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. Storage is always a feature buyers love if you’re thinking about selling your home!

8. DRESS UP YOUR DECOR

Bring some color to your kitchen. Throw out outdated or worn decor, 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 overall look or theme you’re trying to achieve. You can also add some plants and decorative pieces for character.

9. CLEAN UP THE CLUTTER

One of the best tips I can give all of my clients is to remove the clutter. Nothing is a bigger eye sore in a kitchen than too many things. Decide whether things that are taking up too much space can go into storage, be donated or sold, or simply tossed.  You want to show o

ff the amount of space there is in your kitchen, and have it looking as sleek as possible!

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Melanie Wiens

Co-Founder at Wiens & Roth Real Estate Realtor Photographer Certified Staging Design Professional