Five inexpensive upgrades for your Philadelphia kitchen
Whether you’re looking to increase the value of your home before you put it on the market or simply want a nicer place to cook meals for your family, upgrading your kitchen is a worthwhile yet sometimes expensive endeavor. Luckily, owners of Philadelphia kitchens and bathrooms can see great benefits from even low-cost renovations. Here are five improvements that will make a major impact on your kitchens’ appearance, without the major expense.
1. Cabinets and cupboards
Few things can date a room quite like stained or warped cabinets. Moreover, cupboards that were painted avocado green or goldenrod during a moment of creative inspiration decades ago now stand out as relics of a time when bell-bottoms were all the rage. Do away with these unsightly cabinets, cupboards and drawers in favor of modern wood or bamboo models that will only set you back a few hundred bucks, depending on your needs.
2. New wall art
This option isn’t just inexpensive, it’s also a quick fix that can be a fun weekend project. Search the web or local flea markets for food-inspired retro posters, like old ads for your favorite goods or botanical diagrams of juicy produce. For a more personal touch, buy some posterboard and paint and let each member of the family make his or her own appetizing piece of art. Next, just place your new wall designs in frames and hang them in prominent places around your kitchen.
3. Fresh flooring
At a certain point, there’s no amount of cleaning or waxing that will make an old floor look new. This is when it’s time to admit to yourself that the linoleum needs to go, in favor of something a little more up-to-date. One trend that’s both visually appealing and good for the planet is bamboo, as it looks similar to wood but grows much faster than trees, making it an ideal renewable resource.
4. Get creative with paint
It’s easy to neglect the walls of your kitchen while you’re scrubbing away at counters and floors, but if you take a close look, they may be collecting grease, becoming dingy and discolored. Rather than slapping on a new coat of eggshell white, consider warm hues like pale yellow with a red accent wall. These colors have been shown to stimulate the appetite – not to mention add a modern twist to your kitchen design.
5. It’s all in the details
If you’re happy with your current cabinets, cupboards and drawers but just want something different to catch the eye, try replacing the pulls and handles. Removing old metal or wood devices and installing glass, ceramic or even unique antique pulls and handles is fast, easy and inexpensive – and may make a surprising impact on the appearance of your kitchen.
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