Without doubt, one of the biggest selling features in a home is the kitchen. If you are thinking about selling your home, it’s time to look around and see what needs a face lift. If your kitchen is starting to show signs of age, upgrading this area could make a big difference on selling at a price you are looking for. Even if you plan on living in your home forever, a new look will lift your spirit.
There are some really good ways to upgrade that kitchen without needing a huge budget:
In many cases, people live with the same cabinets for many years, not realizing they are showing signs of wear and tear. If your cabinets are in great shape but just need a little upgrading, try replacing the handles. There are many very nice designs made from stainless steel that stand up to time.
If your cabinet doors are dinged, scratched or just looking old, you can remove them and replace them with newer, more modern designs. There are so many styles from solid wood to glass panels and range in price. Some folks have chosen to just remove the cabinet doors and install shelves or storage baskets for showcasing their favourite dishes or crystal glasses.
Another really inexpensive and effective alternative is to paint the cabinets. Pick a colour that works well with your kitchen’s colour scheme and then buy new handles.
Flooring, over time, can take on age faster than anything else. Over the years of traffic, accidents, or just wear from cleaners can make the floor look pretty sad. There are so many wonderful floors to choose from with affordable price tags. There are carpets developed just for kitchens, laminated flooring and even sheets of linoleum. These linoleum sheets are not your grandmother’s linoleum, they come in tile designs, various kinds of woods from oak to pine that look just like the real wood and are easy to clean and pretty inexpensive to boot!
New lighting under cabinets or over your sink, a new ceiling fan and various accessories will perk up a room nicely. Counter-top containers, magnets, hand towels and anything else you can think of will balance off this new look.
Face Lift Your Bedroom
Headboards are decorative statements that vary from style to taste. Unfortunately, purchasing a new headboard can be a little high in cost. If you are good at carpentry, why not make your own!
You can choose a standard rectangular style or come up with something really unique. With a jigsaw, cut the wood into the shape you want. If you’re not good at this, there are people at improvement stores that will do it for you.
For a natural wood appearance, stain your wood first then let it dry. Once dry, use a fine sand paper and sand out any bumps or particles than apply and polymer finish to protect the surface.
There are many materials available that have foam backing. Find your perfect material, cut the material, leaving a margin for stapling to the headboard. Smooth out to remove any wrinkles before stapling. If you are replacing an old headboard, attached the new one to the brackets on either side of the bed posts. If you don’t have brackets, they are inexpensive at any hardware or home improvement store.
Walls, at some point in time, should get a new coat of paint. Paint is one of the least expensive upgrades and you can choose a much more modern, brighter paint to change the entire appearance of your kitchen.
Paint your bed to work with your new headboard or bedroom theme. For a more rustic look, check out flat paints that serve as washes or paint stains.
You can inexpensively change any room you want and have fun doing it!