Upgrading your home doesn’t have to drain your wallet! With all the do-it-yourself ideas on the internet and home improvement stores, upgrading your home is definitely easier than it ever has been. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to upgrade your house!
Freshen up your bath. Who wants to freshen up in a drabby bathroom? Painting your vanity cabinet a different color and changing up the hinges and knobs can be the first step in getting rid of the drab. Choose a neutral color, like white, gray or brown for your primary vanity color. Shop around at second hand and antique stores for a ‘new-to-you’ faucet. Add some color by choosing some simple framed photos for your wall that complement the newly painted vanity. Vanity tops can be a pricey option for remodeling. If your budget can handle a new one then grab it! If not, than it isn’t imperative to freshening up your bath. Don’t forget your walls. A coat of paint can make a world of difference. Pick up some paint that is specially formulated for bathrooms. These paints are designed to withstand the extra moisture that bathrooms often experience.
Spruce up your entrance. Everyone comes in through your exterior door. Replacing it will completely boost your home’s curb appeal. Today’s fiberglass entrance doors are available in many finishes. You can have one that has the classic look of wood, but with the benefits of fiberglass. If you the extra room, adding a sidelight or two will increase the light around your entrance and make it more inviting.
Give your entrance door a facelift. If replacing your entrance door is not in your remodeling budget, painting your door and door trim can make a huge difference. While you’re at it, you might as well upgrade your knob and deadbolt to a new more secure design. Whether replacing your front door, or giving your old one new color and new hardware, sprucing up your entrance door area can be easy, fun and inexpensive.
Modernize your kitchen for a huge and exciting upgrade! Kitchen cabinets and countertops take a lot of abuse from us. We spill things on them, scratch them, slam them shut, and out rightly abuse them. Looking at your kitchen and thinking remodel, it seems a bit overwhelming. Cabinets, countertops, appliances, plumbing, OH MY! You aren’t required to do all aspects of a kitchen remodel to create a new and modernized kitchen. Many cabinets can be sanded and refinished. This may be a bit of a labor intensive step, but it is easy on your budget. Painted cabinets seem to be the choice of many people this year. There are many primers available that actually can eliminate the sanding step of refinishing your cabinets. Choose a high quality paint that will cover well and be durable in the years to come.
If your countertops need some love, and replacing them isn’t possible, then refinish them. Countertop refinishing and re-coating kits can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Replacing your kitchen sink and faucet will naturally be the next step after refinishing your countertops. Swap out your cabinet hardware with hardware of the same finish as your new faucet. These few easy steps will completely modernize your kitchen without a complete overhaul of your life and budget.
There are few things that we will invest as much of ourselves into as our homes. Keeping them maintained, comfortable and appealing is a constant battle. Stretch your remodeling budget and time by using some of these ideas.