Spruce Up your Kitchen for Under $100
Published | Written by Erin Epperson
The kitchen is the focal point of any home and it becomes that much more important when it comes time to sell. Kitchen remodels can cost anywhere between $12,000-$30,000 depending on the size of the space you're working with. If you've read some of our other posts, you know it's not in your best interest to make high dollar renovations to your home prior to selling. It is, however, important to make dollar productive updates that will increase the value of your home. Below, you'll find a number of ways to DIY your eating space without breaking the bank in the process.
1. SPICE UP THE SINK
The cheapest update you can give your kitchen in particular is a sink facelift. After years of use, a dingy sink can be a sore sight and an immediate focal point when a seller enters your home. Opting to reach for sandpaper and a can of spray paint designed for metal will save you the cost of a new one, but give it that new and refreshed look. If you're unsure of your ability to DIY, you may choose to change the faucet instead. It's best to choose a fixture that is timeless and won't need to be replaced again when a trend dies in a couple of years. Finishes are crucial here.
2. PICK OUT THE PAINT
Quite possibly the biggest and most noticeable update you can give your kitchen is a couple coats of paint. It's key that you do this the proper way, however. Outdated cabinets will have their fair share of flaws you need to pay close attention to before throwing paint over them. Make sure each surface is clean and sanded and nicks in wood are filled.
3. LET THERE BE LIGHT
Brightening up an area of your home actually makes it appear more spacious than it is! Choose a statement fixture that hangs over your island for between $30-$90 and/or give your kitchen a more luxurious vibe by attaching battery-operated LED lights underneath the cabinets.
4. BREAK OUT SOME BACKSPLASH
A feature you'll see in almost any refurbished kitchen, backsplash is the simplest way to show your potential buyers that you've made updates recently. The options are endless here. Some more expensive than others, but definitely doable for under $100. Reach for a ceramic tile for a pop of color, or find a nice metal that compliments your finishes and ties everything together. Find a focal point like behind the sink or stove and TA-DA!
5. HANDPICK NEW HARDWARE
Something small like a drawer handle may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of a little makeover. Believe it or not, after counting the amount of handles on cabinets and drawers in your kitchen space you may change your mind. Tie in the chrome detail on your faucet with sleek hardware and we promise it will be more noticeable than you think. Consistency throughout is key to a well put together space. Focusing on the details is as important as the big picture updates.
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