Ahhh Spring! Warmth, rebirth, freshen are all words that come to mind. How about applying those ideals to the heart of your home? Here a few quick and simple ways to makeover your kitchen without breaking the bank.
1) Cabinet Hardware Budget-$1.50-$5 per knob (and upwards for fancier styles)
A cabinet without hardware is sometimes like wearing your Sunday best with sneakers. Or maybe you already have cabinet hardware but they are showing their age or the finish isn’t quite in style any longer. A little knob or pull goes a long way to give your cabinets a new “pow”.
2) New Faucet Budget $100-$300 (and upwards for fancier styles)
There are a lot of really neat faucets nowadays and usually your sink is the center focal point of a kitchen besides the stove. Imagine what a sleek new gooseneck faucet would look like as the crowning jewel of your sink.
3) Fresh Paint Budget $25-30 per gallon
This is the single easiest and quickest home makeover project. There are a wide variety of colors and finishes to choose from. What are colors that inspire you, make you feel good to be in the kitchen or make you feel happy? What are the colors in your granite or current decor? These are great places to start when choosing a new color.
4) Painted Cabinets Budget $15-20 per quart
I have known a lot of people that are tired of the builder standard “honey oak” cabinetry but can’t afford the cost of new cabinets. Painting cabinets is a great way to provide a lot of umph for the time, effort and money. Depending on your tastes, my favorite finishes are all white (clean and crisp) or a dark espresso brown in a semi-gloss. All you need is a little sanding to rough up the surface and a nice 2″ brush or roller. If you really want to maintain the wood grain, you can also sand and re-stain but this will require a little more effort.
5) New lighting Budget $20-200 depending on your current lighting
Under-cabinet lights are a quick and easy way to add task lighting to your countertops. Do you have an old rectangular light fixture overhead? If so, you might be surprised how easy it is to remove this and change it out to a more updated and energy efficient style.
6) Rearrange! Budget-$0
You’ve already purchased and lived with certain items that you enjoy. To love the stuff you’re with, how about rearranging them around the room to give you a sense of newness? You might be surprised that by moving stuff around on top of your cabinets, moving a picture or the stuff you keep on top of your counters will make you feel like you are walking into a new space.
I’ll be discussing step by step how to instructions on these topics very soon, but in the meantime, if you need help or would like to try one of these topics, comment back.