As a seller, you want to showcase your kitchen as best you can without breaking the bank. If you’re a homeowner, you might be tired of looking at a dingy kitchen. To refresh your space without breaking the bank, try these four easy improvements you can make.
1. Add a Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint can shave years off an outdated kitchen and is one of the most affordable upgrades you can do at about $50 – $75. All you need is approximately one to two gallons of paint and an afternoon to get the job done.
2. Install New Outlet and Switch Plates
Many homes still feature original builder-grade outlets and switch plates. Why not swap them out? Attractive outlets and light switch plates cost anywhere between $3 and $15 per cover. These features aren’t something people usually think about, but installing new ones can surprisingly pack a big punch on a kitchen’s aesthetic.
3. Update Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets are a focal point in any kitchen and new ones typically cost thousands of dollars. To get a fresh look, don’t drain your bank account. Instead, give your cabinets a little TLC by sanding and re-staining or painting your current ones. When finished, add new knobs and pulls to completely transform your cabinets, all for a couple of hundred bucks or less.
4. Install a New Faucet
Faucets are something we use every day but we might not actually stop and look at them. Most older faucets look dated and are far less functional than modern ones. Why not replace them with a brushed nickel faucet that repels water and looks clean all the time? Go a step further and choose a model with a built-in spray feature. Cost is about $100 to $150 for a quality one.
Many people would love to gut and transform their kitchen, but lack the resources to do an expensive upgrade. High-end renovations don’t add a lot to a home’s value for sellers, and buyers likely have other priorities for their budgets when they invest in a new home. However, a minor upgrade or refresh can add value and function to any outdated kitchen.