Whether you are planning on selling your property or just looking for a fresh look without a major remodel, doing small things that help update the look and feel of your kitchen is one of the best ways to improve the home. We’re seeing a lot of new construction around the Tri-Valley area and buyers are looking for updated, renovated, or upgraded materials. If you’re looking to put a little bit of elbow grease and possibly a little money into your kitchen, you can do some upgrades without breaking the budget with a full remodel. Here are six kitchen upgrades that you can do without a full remodel.
You can create an amazing backsplash, which quickly freshens up your kitchen. You’ll want to choose a timeless material that complements your cabinetry and your appliances. Try not to mix styles or eras if you still have a 70 style cabinetry, you probably don’t want to pair that with an ultra modern backsplash.
Yes, I know the countertops can get really expensive but if you choose a granite at the lower end of your price range at a local stone yard, you can actually save a lot of money. There are more affordable options such as Formica or Corian or you can even go with different textures like cutting board, barn wood, or even concrete. If you’re short on counter space, consider buying a premade Island or bar height table that you can put in the center of the kitchen are off to the side.
If your cabinets don’t have lip molding on the interior, you can simply remove the cabinet doors and create an open shelf look. This is a great way to show off knickknacks or beautiful dishes. Also, if you have an empty wall you can create your own shelving system. Install brackets underneath the shelves if you plan on loading them up with heavy items.
This can dramatically change the look and feel of any room. If you have harsh fluorescent lighting you may want to replace it with can lights or a more warming drop pendant. Undercabinet light fixtures add a lot of ambiance and light as well.
Pro Tip: “Lighting is huge! It can bring down a whole room with there is a lack of it and light up the house with there is the right amount. Play with different bulbs too until you achieve the look you want.” – Mary Pong – Chinese Bellevue Real Estate Broker
This is probably one of the least expensive things you can do to upgrade your kitchen. A full set of hardware can range anywhere from $50-$250 depending on how many you need and the style you choose. New knobs and pulls can go a long way in creating a fresh kitchen look.
#6. Matching appliances.
I know that appliances can get very expensive but let’s say you’ve replaced all but one appliance in the kitchen with stainless steel. It’s time to get everything coordinated. If your dishwasher is the last thing that doesn’t match, check out deals and discounts from your local hardware store, appliance store, or even online.
Having everything work together and come as one cohesive room really makes everyone that walks in feel more invited and that everything belongs. Whether you’re looking to update your own kitchen for yourself or planning on moving, use these simple tips to create a stunning kitchen.
If you have specific questions about your kitchen or you’re looking to sell this year, call my office at any time. I have some secrets and some tricks to get more buyers in the door and more offers on the table just by a few staging hacks.