Regardless of your home’s age, there are things you can do give it a contemporary new look without breaking the bank. Whether you’re planning to sell soon and want to give your home a refresh or you’re just looking for ways to modernize your older property, these three easy, inexpensive updates will take your home from dated to dashing.
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Refinish and Refresh Cabinets:
The look of your home’s kitchen and bathrooms can really give away it’s age. If you’re suffering from dingy cabinets, obviously old color schemes or dated decor, try this.
Refresh wood cabinetry by changing the finish and switching out-of-style hardware for more modern fixtures. As long as the cabinets still have good “bones,” in that they’re structurally sound with no warping or deep dents, you can easily sand and refinish them with either a fresh coat of paint or wood stain. Complete the look by adding new handles, pulls and hinges to bring them into this decade. Not sure what’s on trend? Check out this HGTV gallery for ideas.
The pros over at This Old House estimate this type of project will cost about $200 and take about three days to complete. It does take some elbow grease, but if you follow the easy steps listed here, you’ll be able to update and transform your kitchen and bathroom cabinets without spending a fortune.
Replace Outdated Lighting Fixtures:
Nothing screams outdated more than a home with shiny brass lighting fixtures. To update your space, find modern lights on clearance those old fixtures out. For the biggest impact, consider changing out lights in high traffic areas. Focus on the entryway, dining table, kitchen and bathroom vanity lighting.
According to Forbes, lighting trends — particularly in the kitchen – are currently giving a nod to the 1980s with a heavy emphasis on brass accents. But before you go and stock up on the shiniest metal finish you can find, do some research. Rather than sticking with traditional ultra-reflective 80s fixtures, today’s trends are all about satin finishes.
Put up a Coat of Fresh Paint:
When looking for cheap and easy ways to update your home, designer Christy Biberich from HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother, suggests focusing on “transformative improvements”. The number one improvement she recommends? Paint.
Paint is cheap and a fresh coat can really breathe new life into a tired looking room. Biberich recommends neutral tones, but she encourages homeowners to be a little more daring than white or beige. When you choose your colors, think about exploring modern shades of neutral, such as a soft driftwood grey or clay.
Your home can look more modern with just a few budget-friendly updates. Transform your cabinets, light fixtures and walls to take your home from outdated to sophisticated and modern.
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