Tip #1)We took a day a few weeks ago to run over to Menard's and pick out new drawer pulls and hinges for our existing cabinets. This was the least expensive part of the upgrade, and really, it can cost as much or as little as you would like. It all depends on what you pick out! We switched all of our cabinet hardware from the oh-so-fashionable brass of the '80s and early '90s to a brushed-nickel finish, that will soon coordinate with the new faucet that will fill our new sink with water. It's truly amazing the difference that a small change like the hardware can make in updating a kitchen! Now, I mentioned that we will also be replacing the sink and faucet, and those will go along with the new laminate countertop that we have on order. We will be doing those projects in a few weeks, when the counters come in. Which brings me to the next tip--
|Old brass on left, brushed nickel on right|
|Old brass, tarnished and in bad shape|
|New brushed nickel hinges|
|First set finished!|
Tip #3) Update your sink and faucets. This is also a small change that can add instant appeal to someone looking to purchase a house. It may seem like a small thing, but when a stainless-steel sink that has been around for years starts to accumulate that dull finish, and maybe some rust or other stains that Soft Scrub just can't remove, it makes everything else look dingy. We chose to dump our stainless steel and replace it with a solid-surface sink. I know what you're thinking--"didn't you just say that it was too upscale of a finish for your kitchen??" I did indeed say that; however, I'm of the opinion that it's okay to upgrade your sink a step. You use your sink for some heavy-duty stuff, right? So get something a little heavier-duty to do the job! What we chose was a plain white solid surface sink that is an inch or two deeper than our current tubs. I desperately wanted a deeper sink for larger pots and pans, because ours just wasn't cutting it--it seemed like I was constantly splashing soapy water out of the sink when I would wash roasting pans and such. We chose the solid surface sink to be purposefully plain in appearance, so that it would still fit in with the rest of the kitchen. So yes, we kind of upgraded our selection there, but it's really not a big upgrade, and I stand by our decision. And to go with the sink, we will be replacing the very plain chrome-finished faucet/sprayer combo with a slightly more decorative faucet/sprayer combo. By faucet/sprayer combo, I mean that the faucet actually detaches to become a sprayer--all in one. This one will be brushed nickel, to match the rest of the metal finishes in the kitchen.
|Our new faucet, just waiting to be installed|
|Plain sink, but made of solid surface material|
To sum it up (pardon the pun), here's an idea of the costs:
Kitchen hardware: $100
Countertops: $350 (the biggest expense)
Garbage disposal (because it needs to be replaced, so why not?): $115
Miscellaneous plumbing parts, glues, nails, etc: Yet to be determined
Total so far: $700
This may sound like a lot, but really, to give a kitchen a facelift, it's not bad at all. We will be saving money because we will be doing the installation ourselves (and with some help from others who actually know what they are doing), and we also were able to get an 11% rebate at Menard's, because it's a promotion that they run occasionally, so we will be getting about $80 in store credit for Menard's. If you aren't in a hurry to complete your project, you can also save money by waiting until the individual items go on sale, instead of buying them all at once like we did.
The next thing on my list to do is reorganization. Here is a list of spaces in the house that I plan on reorganizing:
*Linen closet--reorganize with tubs and labels
*Closet shelves in bedroom
*Drawers in kitchen
I will be posting my tips on reorganizing these tight spaces in the posts to come! I've already started on the linen closet in the bathroom. Yes, I'm facing my fears.
For those of you who don't care at all about decorating or interior design tips, you can learn something anyway in the Owl corner!
|Photo from Wikipedia|