Want to spruce up your kitchen but stuck on a tighter budget? Check out this list of improvements you can get started on for under $100. These tips can come in handy when you’re ready to list your home to sell on the market too!
KITCHEN IMPROVEMENTS FOR LESS THAN $100
REFRESH THE SINK
If your sink is starting to look outdated, find an affordable, yet stylish, replacement. If you have the eye for DIY, you can also purchase some sandpaper and a $4 can of spray paint that is made for metal, and use it to refresh and brighten the color.
HANG A NEW LIGHT FIXTURE
A decorative light fixture doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can generally find some decent ones that are under $100. Go for a chrome finish or choose the rustic route, whichever suits the current decor in your kitchen. You can also add LED lights under your kitchen cabinets for around $10-$20.
PAINT THE CABINETS
With care taken in the prep work, you can refinish the paint on your cabinets. You can generally get a kit for around $75. Refreshing the paint color or the stain can make your kitchen feel brand new.
TURN YOUR FRIDGE INTO A CHALKBOARD
Chalkboard finishes are still a fun trend, especially on the fridge! They add more functionality by allowing home owners to write grocery lists, menus, and even to-dos. Use painters tape to outline the shape and size you want to use as the chalkboard, then coat it with magnetic primer followed by chalkboard paint.
REPLACE OUTLET PLATES
Replace the outdated outlet wall plates for your light switches. You can add some character to it by using bold patterns, bright colors, or elegant textures. If they look faded, yellow, or chipped, they’re a cheap fix to replace.
Replacing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets and drawers can provide a drastic change to your kitchen. Not only can you get rid of hideous outdated hardware, but you can add a completely new feel to the theme of your kitchen just by updating the hardware throughout it.
Have empty wall space? Search your local home stores for cute baskets or storage containers you can use to fill the space. Not only can it add some character to your kitchen, it also adds functionality and more storage options – a feature buyers love if you’re thinking of listing your home.
DRESS UP YOUR DECOR
Bring some color to your kitchen. Add in some new rugs and hand towels that match your personality and the theme you’re trying to achieve. You can also add some plants and decorative pieces for character. Just remember that less is often more!
CLEAN UP THE CLUTTER
The best cleaning tip we can give our clients is to remove any clutter. You don’t necessarily have to go full “Marie Kondo”, but take a step back and do a little self-inventory about the look you are trying to achieve. If you are prepping to sell, it’s a perfect time to downsize (yay, less moving boxes!). It’s also a great way to allow potential buyers to see the space and picture their own style in it.
These are just a few tips to update the heart of the home! Spend less, save more and prep to sell fast!