Did you know that in 2018 nearly $400 billion was spent on home improvement projects? When you buy a new home, you might be tempted to make improvements to make the place your own. There are even TV shows dedicated to watching people buy homes in order to renovate them.
People will spend a tremendous amount of money, nearly $150 per square foot, on renovating their kitchen in particular. It’s easily the center of everyday life, so making it your own is important. But finances are usually tight after getting a mortgage for the first time. So, instead of going through a pricey renovation, try these small improvements that can make a huge difference without putting a huge dent in your pocketbook.
IslandsKitchen islands are great for staying organized and add a lot of extra counter space. It isn’t difficult to make one yourself with some cheap wood and paint or an old piece of furniture. The best part about a DIY island, is that you can attach wheels to move it easily. Just add a butcher block or concrete countertop, as those are the cheapest, and you’re good to go.
A really good way to change your kitchen is by updating your walls with contact paper. You can use it to make a faux backsplash, cover the center of your cabinet doors, or create an entire accent wall. If you have paint and stencils, you can do the same thing.
You don’t need to spend very much at all to get a new floor. If you’re growing tired of your floor, you can get peel and stick vinyl flooring in a variety of styles. Another low-cost option is to get a cork floor, which is both stylish and environmentally friendly.
Your cabinets are the hard workers of your kitchen and you can reward them by making them beautiful. Take off a couple cabinet doors for statement shelves that are lined with contact paper. You can also try replacing them with a stylish curtain or cut the center out of your doors and add glass for a new look.
The handles, drawer pulls, hinges and knobs on your cabinets and drawers have a huge impact on your kitchen’s style. If you don’t have the money to buy new hardware and know how to use a drill, a lot of objects can be used as pulls and handles your kid’s old dinosaur toys, stones, marbles, and more. You can also try spray painting your hardware a different color. This small change can make a huge difference.
The kitchen sink gets used and abused every day and it’s something everyone will see. A coat of spray paint will breathe new life into your faucet. An organized under sink cabinet can be accomplished easily, just make sure you keep everything accessible. Bins and boxes can be used to store cleaning supplies, spray bottles can be kept on a tension bar, and finally, add a child-lock to keep curious kids and animals safe.
If your appliances look tattered and worn, you can give them back their shine with stainless steel contact paper. Not only will it look great, but it’s also easy too. Another great idea is using enamel paint to color the handles of your black appliances in a different color. It will make them feel brand new.
Money and finances are some of the top reasons nearly half of marriages end in divorce. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade your kitchen. You probably don’t even need to spend $100. A few small changes can make all the difference when you need to make a change in your kitchen.