Having been in real estate (and a self-professed, chronic do it yourselfer who can’t seem to do it herself – and who always hires someone else to do it), I can attest to kitchen remodels getting costly. However, as I now prepare my house to go on the market, the goal is to make it a lot more attractive to a buying public than what it is. To do so, I had to scrape down my budget, and put on my big girl panties to find seven ways I could update the look of my kitchen, without breaking my bank, or my back.
#1: Paint and Backsplashes
Paint is probably one of my favorite investments, because it is the cheapest. A single $40 gallon of paint can make an entire space feel brand new. In my case, I did hire someone to do the painting, but it still didn’t’ break my bank.
Total cost: $300
The material and skill level needed to complete a backsplash are minimal at best. Investing a little money, a little more time in a class at my local home improvement store, I am equipped to add a little zest to my dull kitchen.
Total cost: $125
#3: Cabinet Refinishing
I happened upon a great (and easy to use) cabinet refinishing kit at my local home improvement store. It’s quick, it’s not complicated and it doesn’t take a lot of time. For me, that was a trifecta of winning.
Total cost: $225
Even a novice like myself can replace simple fixtures, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to do it. By selecting some nice fixtures and cleaning up my sink, my kitchen gets a nice facelift.
Total cost: $100
#5: New Light Fixtures
The old butcher’s block light I had in my kitchen was ugly. I mean, really ugly. We tore that down and replaced it with a lovely antique bronze tract lighting set on the cheap. If you follow the instructions on the box, you can easily do this yourself, without having to invest in an electrician.
Total cost: $125
#6: Refinish the Countertops
Right next to the cabinet refinishing kit I found, I also found a countertop refinishing kit. Once again, this was cheap and idiot proof (good news for me). This kit makes my old laminate look and feel like granite, and will help sell my house.
Total cost: $250
I decided to not go over the top on this one. I am selling my refrigerator and leaving the stove and dishwasher for my new owners, however both will be brand new. Since I am attached to a real estate investment group, however, I can get appliances well below cost. I found better than what I had stoves and dishwashers for $250 apiece, including installation and haul away.
Total cost: $500
#7: Improve Storage
Lowe’s and Home Depot have some very frugal storage solutions and items available for sale that will enchance any kitchen. I invested in a spice rack solution and few other minor items, that will make my newly refinished cabinets pop and my house seem more user-friendly than the competition.
Total cost: $100
My grand total investment in my kitchen remodeling project? $1,725. Not only does a kitchen remodel not need to cost an arm and a leg, it doesn’t need to take long to finish either!
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