4 Ways to Update your Kitchen on the Cheap

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at 11:13am.

 

Whether or not you’re planning on selling your North Oaks home, a kitchen makeover can be an inexpensive way to add value to your home. We’re not talking about a total remodel, here, just some freshening up.

 Before you start, clear away the clutter so you have some room to work, then hit the local hardware store for supplies.

 Paint First

 Fresh paint is probably the one DIY kitchen improvement that will garner the most return on your investment. It makes a room feel clean and fresh and makes it look updated.

 Painting the walls is the first step to take when you’re doing a DIY kitchen makeover – you can build the rest of your plan around the new color.

  Kitchen colors that are expected to be hot in 2015 include, believe it or not, include black. “In 2015, we go a step further with black becoming the sought-after shade in the kitchen. Black brings an air of sophistication to the kitchen and gives it a sleek, bold aura," say the folks at Decoist, an interior design and architecture blog.

 If you’re not that brave, consider some of the cooler neutral colors. Oh, and guess what? Wallpaper is expected to be a hot trend in 2015.

 New Hardware

 Next it’s time to take on the kitchen cabinets. If you’re lucky you’ll only need to sand and varnish or apply a fresh coat of paint. What you simply must do, however, is change the hardware.

 This is easier said than done. Standing in the cabinetry hardware aisle at the local home improvement store you’ll be confronted with a dizzying array of items from which to choose. Just remember your wall colors and the vibe you’ve chosen for the kitchen and base your decision on those aspects.

 Lighting

 You don’t have to be an electrician to update the kitchen’s lighting. Under-counter lights that light up the work surface are a big seller in a kitchen and are simple to install.

 Overhead lighting is easy and inexpensive to replace. Again, whatever you choose should extend and punctuate your overall design idea.

 Accessorize

 Kitchen accessories add the pop to your color scheme. If you have a lot of wall space, choose interesting things to hang. Don’t lock yourself into thinking whatever you hang on the wall must be “kitcheny,” such as plates or fruit prints. Consider a striking, oversized tapestry or a giant clock.

 Other accessories you may want to consider include window coverings, flooring and throw rugs.

 If you need kitchen decorating ideas, visit online home decorating sites such as HGTV, BHG.com or House Beautiful. 

 

 

 

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