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Here’s How to Give Your Kitchen That Wow Factor Without Shocking Your Budget

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Anette Brown on 14 Jan 2021

What’s the most important room of the house? Most people would say the kitchen. It seems no matter how incredible your living room is, everyone always wants to congregate in the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home and the place where memories are made.

It’s no wonder, then, that the kitchen is often an important factor when buyers are looking for a new home.

It only makes sense that if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, you want to be sure your kitchen will leave a positive impression on potential buyers. Having your kitchen achieve the wow factor could mean a quicker sale and a higher offer.

But let’s face it. Not everyone has the resources to do a complete kitchen renovation. The good news is, there are still a number of low-cost things you can do to jazz up your kitchen and give it some of the wow factor you’re seeking.   

If you’re a weekend warrior when it comes to DIY projects, these ideas should be a breeze:

Update your lighting fixtures. Whether it’s the fixture over your table or the pendant lights hanging above your island, you’ll be able to give your kitchen a renovated look simply by replacing your outdated fixtures with modern ones. If you’re unsure of what style to choose, ask a lighting professional to suggest something on-trend or enlist the help of a friend whose taste you trust.

Escalate your cabinets with crown molding. Adding some crown molding to your kitchen cabinets will not only make your cabinets look taller, but they’ll also look more luxurious and add some welcome visual interest to your kitchen.

Build a chef’s rack for pots and pans. There’s nothing like a custom copper rack for your metal cookware to give your kitchen a professional touch. The good news is, you can make your own. Hang a copper pipe from your ceiling or extending out from a wall, then use inexpensive hooks to hang your prettiest pots and pans. The result will be a focal point that will enhance your kitchen’s overall style.

Switch out your hardware and faucet. Simple fixes like switching our your cabinet pull knobs will give tired cabinets a fresh look. You might also consider changing out your original kitchen faucet for an updated version. With both projects, be sure you create a template to ensure your updated versions fit perfectly.

Update your appliances. Sure, it will cost a bit of cash, but it’s far less expensive than a complete kitchen renovation. If your appliances are obviously dated or are all from different eras, buying new appliances is probably money well spent.

Get rid of the clutter. This one doesn’t even require DIY skills. Have you ever noticed how kitchen countertops quickly become dumping grounds for everything from mail and newspapers to homework and knick-knacks? Clean off your kitchen countertops completely and given them a thorough cleaning. Even small appliances can be placed out of sight. A bowl of fresh fruit or bouquet of flowers can anchor long expanses of countertops. You will be surprised how much better your kitchen looks!

You don’t need to have deep pockets to spruce up your kitchen and catch the attention of buyers. The above suggestions are meant to give you a start. But, there are a number of other low-cost updates you can do, even if you think you only have rookie DIY skills, like installing a backsplash or painting cabinets.

By dedicating some weekend time, and a bit of your budget, you can have the kind of results that could give your home an edge.

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