Inexpensive Kitchen Updates. A neighbor called me yesterday asking what she should do to get her kitchen updated should they decide to sell their home. She stated she was getting bids to tear down walls, rip out cabinets and do a total remodel. Wait! Did you know you could give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank? I suggested they may want to skip the custom cabinetry, as a few key changes could make a huge impact.
1. Reface or paint cabinets
Buyers like bright, clean sleek looking kitchens. If your is rocking the 70’s with a dark oak finish, why not paint them a soft white, light grey or even sage green? Think out of the box. Look at pictures in magazines or on TV for looks that are popular. You get an entirely new, fresh look for little expense.
2. Buy new hardware
Have you thought about changing the knobs and pulls? New hardware comes in a myriad of finishes, and looks. Hardware to cabinets is like earrings that set off an outfit you are wearing. When you go shopping, bring a current drawer pull to ensure your new pieces match the size of your old hardware and holes that are already drilled into doors and drawers. If your cabinets and drawers don’t have any hardware, consider installing pulls and knobs or handles and see how it adds that finishing touch!
3. Replace your faucet
Another easy update is adding a more modern, statement faucet. Look for a finish and style that works well with your kitchen’s aesthetic. I would consider leaning more towards the modern and bold. The finish should work with the other metals in the room.
4. Purchase new lighting fixtures
Update your lighting fixtures with stylish, modern replacements. Do you have a space, perhaps over a breakfast counter where hanging pendants in a bold colored glass would work? Take out florescent tubes and replace with canned lights. Think about adding under cabinet lighting to set the mood. Work surfaces should be well lit, and the lights can be an amazing addition to the overall look of your kitchen.
5. Replace counters and backsplashes
If your cabinets are in good shape, but you have tile counter-tops, there are inexpensive sold surface alternatives, like granite, that are pre-cut and ready to be installed. Couple a new counter with a updated backsplash and your kitchen will look modern, fresh and ready for your first open house! Other lower cost updates that won;t break the bank include: new window coverings, doors, fresh coat of paint on the walls and a thorough cleaning. Make it shine. Remember, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the old adage that ‘kitchens and baths sell a home’ still ring true. So, if you plan on staying put and enjoying your homes for many years to come, go ahead and knock down those walls. But, if you are preparing your home for sale, consider the information shared above. For more seller tips to preparing your home for sale, please contact Dayna Wilson Real Estate for a personal consultation.