Ten Ways To Remodel Your Kitchen That Won’t Break the Bank
For many homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the house, and it is important for it to be inviting and up-to-date, even if the homeowner swears he or she will never sell their beloved home. If there is a plan to sell the home sometime in the future, the state of the kitchen is then of utmost importance. The good news is that the homeowner doesn’t have to go into massive debt to spruce up the kitchen. Here are ten ways to remodel this most important space without breaking the bank.
1. Change the Bar Stools Every Year
This does not mean buying new barstools. It does mean buying new fabric to put on the seats. Simply take the seat off, stretch the fabric over it and staple it down. Make sure the fabric is stain and water resistant and that the colors are vibrant and go well with the rest of the decor of the room.
2. Spruce Up the Cabinets With Brackets
Plain old cabinets can be given a classical look by the addition of brackets at the bottom. Brackets are easily found at hardware or home improvement stores and only need a couple of nails to affix them. Brackets and cabinets painted the same color look like they’ve always been together.
3. Add Wire Shelves Everywhere
Wire shelves come in a great variety of sizes, and the right size can be found to fit beneath the window and over the sink to hold those dishwashing implements or even potted plants. They can be installed right beneath the oversink cabinets and tiered, wire lazy susans can be set on the countertops. Pull-out wire shelves can be installed in the undersink cabinets. This increases storage space greatly while keeping everything tidy and pleasing to the eye.
4. Add A Subway Tile Backsplash
A backsplash made of subway tiles is simple, bright and beautiful. It’s also easy to clean, waterproof and durable. The homeowner can install them herself with a little planning and the right tools.
5. Add Glass Panels To the Cabinet Doors
Glass panels added to the doors of the above sink cabinets give them a light, airy feel. The glass does not have to be transparent, but can be frosted or pebbled. It can also come in colors to complement the rest of the room. Jewel-toned stained glass is also an option.
6. Add New Knobs and Pulls
Knobs and pulls don’t have to be strictly utilitarian, but can mske cabinets and drawers interesting. They can be everything from dainty, cut crystal knobs to metal clamshell pulls.
7. More Light
Add strips of LED lights beneath the cabinets. These lights are easy to install and will pay for themselves fairly quickly. They also last considerably longer than incandescent lights and are cool to the touch. There can even be lights tucked into the spaces beneath the undersink cabinets to illuminate the toe kick. Also, if there are still fluorescent rings in the ceiling, they must go. Sunken lights and traditional pendant lights with glass shades work surprisingly well together.
8. Paper the Walls
People are wary of wallpaper because of the heat and high humidity in a kitchen, but wallpaper can be found that’s made of material that can resist both of these conditions.
9. Add A Window Or Two
If there is no window in the kitchen, add one. If possible, have at least one window with a sunny, southern exposure.
10. Get Rid of the Worn Out Flooring
Flooring that is cracked, stained or scuffed beyond repair needs to be replaced. Tile and stone, concrete, resilient, laminate and even wood flooring does well in the kitchen.