As a homeowner, you want a kitchen that is attractive and will stand up to long-term use. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home soon, a kitchen remodel will boost your property value, so you can recover some of the cost when you sell the home. You may feel that this project is overwhelming, but tackling one task at a time will allow you to complete the work yourself and save money in the process. Check out these easy and inexpensive ideas for a kitchen remodel.

Improve the Walls as Part of Your Kitchen Remodel

Color is important in any space. When remodeling the kitchen, use paint or wallpaper to change the look of your walls. If you plan to sell the home soon, keep the colors neutral. For a bold statement, try peel-and-stick wallpaper which is easier to install and remove than traditional wallpaper.

Refurbish the Cabinets

Because the cabinets are a dominant feature in any kitchen, make sure they’re in good shape. You might completely replace the cabinetry, but you can tackle an easier upgrade by simply painting the current ones.

After repainting or re-staining the cabinets, install new cabinet hardware. Drawer pulls and cabinet handles can change the look of your kitchen. Measure the current hardware to make sure you purchase the correct sized handles. New hardware is simple to install; you’ll only need a screwdriver.

Kitchen Remodel Ideas: New Lighting

Good lighting is important in any space. In the kitchen, bright lighting makes the area more functional and helps to boost your mood. Install new light fixtures with LED bulbs. LEDs are long-lasting and more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs. Some LED fixtures and bulbs are dimmable, allowing you to control the brightness of your kitchen lighting.

Replace the Sink

The sink is often a focal point of a kitchen. When remodeling, installing a new sink will update the look of your space. A porcelain sink contributes to a classic look. You might choose stainless steel for a modern feel. If you are happy with your current sink, update the faucet and handles. Measure the current fixture before shopping for a new one.

For another modern update, install a touch-activated or motion-activated faucet; they’re cheaper and easier to install than you may think.

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