Is your home looking a little shabby? Does it need a makeover or an update? Did you know that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a renovation to make your house look great?
After all, not every homeowner can afford to hire a contractor to do a complete kitchen or bathroom remodel. Especially when they have a growing family.
However, there are DIY projects you can do to make a significant difference in the appearance of your home while helping to increase your home’s value if you decide to sell.
Most of the materials can be purchased at your local hardware store. Here are six home improvement projects to beautify your home without having to dig a gaping hole in your pocket.
1. Refinish the Kitchen Cabinets
Not everyone has the budget to buy new kitchen cabinets as they can cost thousands of dollars. Instead, repainting them can remove unattractive stains that can be an eyesore.
Since your cabinets take up most of the wall space in your kitchen, repainting your kitchen cabinets will give your kitchen a total update. First, clean out your cabinets and store your dishes in a safe place out of the way.
Clean out the inside of your cabinets with a damp sponge to remove dust and dirt. Make sure to wipe the front of the cabinets and on top.
Repainting the Cabinets
Now you’re ready to paint. Choose a good paint brand like Benjamin Moore. You don’t want to skimp on paint quality. Kitchen cabinets look best with a semi-gloss paint. The finish will be easier to wipe marks and stains from cooking.
You’ll also need a good brush for the edging, some paint rollers, and a paint tray. Get some blue painter’s tape for the walls.
Make sure you wait for the paint to dry to apply a second coat. Read the manufacturer’s directions to see when to apply your second application.
Refinishing Wooden Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets are wood you can sand and restain them. Do a light sanding first, vacuum them, and wipe everything clean. When it comes time to apply the stain make sure to apply it in the direction of the wood grain.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for the drying process. If you need another coat, make sure it’s dry.
You may need to lightly sand in between coats. This will give you a smoother finish. Lightly sand the cabinets after each coat for a smoother finish.
2. Regrout and Recaulk Your Bathroom
Cracked pieces of grout in your shower can make the area look unattractive. A great solution to this problem is to regrout around the tiles.
You’ll need a tool to remove the grout; make sure to remove the old grout before beginning the regrouting process. Ensure you buy the same color and kind of grout as the one that’s already in your bathroom.
If the grout is sanded you should stick with sanded grout. If it’s white don’t buy off-white or yellow because you’ll see the difference. You’ll also need a tool called a float to spread the grout over the tiles.
Pick up a large sponge to remove the excess when it dries. Make sure to wait for the grout to dry—this can take from 12-to-24 hours.
Recaulk the Tub
When you’ve finished it’s time to recaulk the tub and shower. Get some caulk and a caulking gun to make the job easier.
First, remove the old loose caulk with a caulk removing tool. You can peel much of it off. Then clean the area and apply the new caulk. Wait until the caulk dries before you use the tub or shower.
Regrouting and recaulking is a home improvement project that will make your bathroom sparkle. Add a fresh coat of paint on the walls and you’ll feel like you’re in a new bathroom.
3. Repaint the Garage
Repainting the garage will make you want to spend more time doing projects. The first thing you want to do is clean things up.
Move the bicycles and boxes out of the garage so you have room to work. Get everything off the shelves and out of the way; why not make it a family project? You can even have a garage sale and make some money.
You can use regular wall paint for the walls, but if you’re doing the floors you’ll need epoxy paint. Make sure each coat is dry before you apply the next coat.
4. Upgrade Your Hardware
Another home improvement tip is to upgrade your hardware. it’s a great way to update your cabinets and doors.
Choose something that matches the rest of the decor and style in your home. You can buy beautiful hardware in a wide variety of finishes such as:
- Brushed Nickel
- Natural Wood
- Colorful Plastic
- Antique Finishes
As you can see, there’s a hardware finish for every design preference. Get something new for your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, or even your closet doors for a fun update.
5. Get New Plumbing Fixtures
Another inexpensive upgrade to increase value and the beauty factor throughout your home is getting new fixtures. The best thing: many fixtures cost under $100.
You can get a new kitchen and a bathroom faucet for less than $200. You’ll be surprised at how nice they make the area around your bathroom and kitchen sink look.
Plumbing fixtures come in a variety of finishes: Brushed Nickel, Chrome, Stainless Steel, and Porcelain are just a few.
As you can see from step four it’s easy to match your hardware to your plumbing fixtures in order to really excentuate the look!
6. Update Old Lighting Fixtures with New Ones
Old lighting fixtures can look so seventies because in many homes that’s the last time they were replaced. Remember those old glass ceiling fixtures? Maybe you have one.
A way to make your home look more stylish is to add some new lighting fixtures. Pick up a few fixtures that resonate with your design style. You can get many new lighting styles for under $50.
They’re available in contemporary, modern, and antique finishes; in styles like chandeliers, sconces, ceiling lights, and more. The best thing? LED bulbs in new lighting fixtures burn less electricity, are eco-friendly, and one bulb can last for years.
Revisiting Home Improvement Projects That Won’t Break the Bank
These six home improvement tips will update and refresh your home. Do one or do them all and see how great they look.
Brinkmann’s Hardware is a trusted hardware retailer serving Long Island’s Sayville, Miller Place, Holbrook, and Blue Point, NY communities. Contact us today for your home improvement needs.