Many homeowners dream of a kitchen remodel, but with the average cost of most remodels ranging from $20,000 to $50,000, the dream oftentimes never becomes a reality. The good news is that you can still make a big impact on your kitchen without having to make a large investment.
In fact, these simple updates won’t cost you a lot of money or time. Below, we list 5 low cost kitchen updates that will spruce up your cooking space practically and affordably.
Paint a Wall (or Two)
Painting a single wall, or even two walls, can be accomplished quickly, easily, and affordably in a weekend. When it comes to choosing a paint for your kitchen, aim for a finish such as semi-gloss that will be easy to maintain and wipe clean when the wall gets dirty. Flat paint seems to absorb grease stains and other dirt, so avoid this finish when painting. Also, aim for the highest quality paint you can afford and be sure to prep walls (patching holes, sanding, and priming) before starting.
Color Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you’d rather make a more impactful change to your kitchen, then consider painting your cabinets. Choose a color that compliments the rest of your kitchen—think of what types of brand new cabinets you would purchase if you were installing new ones. This is a great way to make a dramatic change to your kitchen. Even though painting cabinets take a little more time a prep work than painting walls, this job can still be tackled pretty fast and is much cheaper than a full cabinet replacement.
New Cabinet Pulls and Handles
If you decide to paint your cabinets, fresh new handles and pulls can really finish off the new look with subtlety. Again, go for hardware that compliments the cabinetry and the rest of your kitchen. Even if you’re not painting your kitchen cabinets a new color, simply swapping out hardware can have a pretty major impact on your kitchen. If your cabinets are wood or a solid neutral color, consider adding colorful hardware to add a little personal flair to the room.
Adorn The Window
If you’re lucky enough to have a window in your kitchen, make use of it! An easy way to create a new look in this space is to swap out your existing window treatment for something quite different. Depending on how much light comes through, you could have a variety of ways to play off the window dressing. For example, consider adding classy window decals with a stained or leaded glass motif to dramatically change your space. Or keep it simple and opt for a new color of valance or swap out old venetian blinds for light and breezy curtains. The options are truly endless when it comes to adorning your kitchen window.
If you have a window above your kitchen sink, keep this in mind that you should avoid any curtains that could get damaged by the proximity to water. Valances and pull up blinds are perfect for these window areas.
Don’t Forget to Change Your Air Filter!
Even though this update doesn’t deal directly with your kitchen, this is a friendly reminder that your home’s indoor air quality will greatly benefit from a new air filter. Filters should be changed regularly for a well-functioning and efficient HVAC system. We offer an affordable “delivered-to-your-doorstep” program to help you keep up with your filters changes. Give us a call to learn more: 425-746-3077.