For many families, the kitchen is the most used room of the house. After all, it’s the place where we cook, eat, and socialize over meals. But despite its role as the heart of the home, being the focal point for family interaction takes its toll through wear and tear, and the kitchen is often the room most in need of an upgrade or facelift.
To completely remodel a kitchen can easily cost five figures—money few families have lying around these days. But you can give your kitchen a much needed make-over without breaking the bank if you follow a few simple tips and guidelines.
As with any room, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Pick a bolder color to really give the kitchen some added character. If you have cupboards looking dated or worn, you can either replace them yourself (if you have the know-how) or you can refinish or paint them.
Baseboards provide a sleek finished look as does crown molding, both of which you can buy at any DIY home store.
If your kitchen is small, counter space can be an issue. Consider adding a build in shelf high on one wall where you can place tchotchkes or other decorative items, such as plants, photographs, or even kitchenware. You can also add cubby shelving near the stove to hold spices or other cooking accessories.
Regrouting and/or caulking is not only good maintenance but it gives sinks and countertop a like-new appearance. Similarly, replacing your faucet with a sleek, water efficient model looks good while saving both water and money. If your cupboards have knobs, replace them to match the wall color. Window treatments can also completely change the look and feel of a room.
The key is to be methodical, planning out what changes you would like to make then tackling the list item by item. Start simply and be realistic with how much time you have. By developing a manageable plan, over the course of a weekend, your kitchen can look as if you spent thousands of dollars on it, instead of just a few hundred.
The good news is if you decide to invest in remodeling your kitchen it will add value to your home. For those who have been trying to sell their home and have found that their house is just sitting on the market, a kitchen remodel might just be the thing to get your house sold.