Many homeowners can get bored with their kitchens, especially if they spend a lot of time indoors. But contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to squeeze out your savings to revamp the heart of your home. Instead of starting a major kitchen remodel, you can freshen up your kitchen with quick and easy DIY upgrades. Read below to discover the best ideas for simple kitchen updates.
One of the easiest DIY kitchen updates is repainting cabinets. You only need paint, a brush, some tape, and a free weekend to complete the task. When choosing a color, make sure it either complements or contrasts the rest of the interior.
Remove Cabinet Doors
Another way to use cabinetry for revamping your kitchen is to remove cabinet doors. This will create chic open shelving and will increase practicality in the kitchen. To make things more interesting, you can even repurpose the doors into coffee tables or décor.
Choose A Unique Backsplash
If you want to make a bold statement, definitely replace your backsplash. Installing a unique backsplash is enough to transform your kitchen into a magazine-worthy space. You can opt for geometric or Moroccan tiles for an eclectic design, metal, and bricks for an industrial effect, or white ceramic tiles for a more minimalist kitchen.
Create A Breakfast Bar
If your space allows it, you can create a separate breakfast bar in your kitchen. One way to do this is to install a hanging desk in a space you don’t use as much (corners, old pantries, etc.). Then, stock it up with a coffee or waffle maker, marmalade jar, cereal boxes, etc. You can also install a peg rail for placing utensils and coffee mugs.
This rule also applies to kitchens. If you have a window, you can dress it up with patterned shades, colorful blinds, French curtains, or shutters. Whatever type of window treatment you choose, make sure it perfectly matches the rest of your kitchen.
Change Light Fixtures
You might have track lights, pendants, or chandeliers, but all types of light fixtures influence indoor space. You might not even notice how your kitchen lights define the atmosphere in your home. So, whether you want to increase practicality or boost visual appeal, switching light fixtures is another quick way to revamp your kitchen. An all-time classic solution is to add industrial or minimalist pendant lights over your island.
When doing home improvement, one can easily forget the important details. Take hardware for example. Homeowners rarely give faucets and knobs the attention they deserve, but these details can easily spice up your kitchen. You can choose a bold look like matt faucets or brass handles.
When someone mentioned kitchen makeovers, most homeowners don’t imagine paintings, curtains, and décor. However, these can greatly influence your kitchen’s visual appeal. You can hang art pieces or family pictures on the wall, add hanging plants, include colorful appliances, or replace your cupboard doors with cute patterned curtains.
Update The Bathroom
Homeowners tend to avoid major bathroom remodels for two reasons. First, they can drain your savings, and second, they are difficult to organize and manage. However, you don’t need to knock down walls, replace appliances, or change the layout to freshen up your bathroom. If you are looking for a bathroom DIY project that will boost the appeal and cut costs, you’ve come to the right place. Read below to discover the top 6 simple bathroom updates.
Change The Color Palette
Don’t worry if you like the idea of adding color to your bathroom, but are not a fan of wallpapers. There are many other ways to make the space more colorful. For instance, you can repaint walls, cabinets, and floors or change shower and window curtains. Unless you are going for an eclectic design, we suggest sticking to 2 or 3 colors. They should either complement or contrast each other.
Add Clever Storage
For homeowners who love DIY projects, we recommend installing or creating clever storage. This can be anything, from cabinets hidden behind your mirror to storage ottomans and lamps with shelves. You can find similar products at your local furniture shop, have them custom-made, or build them yourself from scratch.
Install A Tub Surround
If you are looking for a truly challenging DIY project then installing a tub surround is an ideal option. It will test your DIY skills, protect the walls above your shower/tub, and most importantly – it will boost visual appeal. You can even include shelving, tiny stairs, or molding. A bathroom surround can be made of anything, including ceramic, plywood, roof panels, and concrete. However, you should choose a material that will complement the bathroom’s overall design style.
Install A Decorative Window
Another amazing yet practical idea for a bathroom makeover is window replacement. But instead of choosing regular windows, why not install unique decorative ones? This will especially benefit vintage-styled bathrooms. You can install decorative windows, stain your window glass if you are good at drawing, or simply apply patterned window film. Also, you can further boost appeal by installing casing or repainting your old one.
Add Tile Backsplash
If your bathroom looks too simplistic or outdated, you can easily solve the problem by installing a colorful or patterned tile backsplash. There are many jaw-dropping tile designs on the market, from minimalist and geometric to Moroccan and vintage-inspired. Also, you can use the backsplash to highlight or separate certain areas. For instance, you can install one type of tile around the sink and cabinets, and others around the bathtub or shower.
Replace Bathroom Fixtures
Having faulty or outdated fixtures might not seem like a large issue. However, they have a crucial role in the functionality and look of your bathroom. Replacing them will not cost that much but can significantly reduce water waste and add the pop of color or elegance your bathroom needs.
Choose Patterned Wallpaper
Nobody likes to look at white empty walls while taking a shower or a bath. So an easy way to completely switch the visual dynamic in your bathroom is to add patterned wallpaper or hang artwork.
You can opt for wallpaper with a floral, geometric, or abstract design. However, you can also choose a custom-painted wallpaper that features a stunning landscape. When it comes to art, you can include photographs, paintings, or ceramics. Use these pieces to invite tranquility or achieve a more contemporary look.
Are you tired of stepping on the same floor? Do you want to revamp your floors on a budget? Well, you’ve opened the right blog post. Floors play an important role in your home. They influence comfort, energy efficiency, aesthetics, and safety. The last especially applies to families with children and pets. Luckily, there are many ways you can upgrade your flooring to match your expectations and needs.
If you want to get inspiration for your next home improvement project, continue reading and discover 4 ways you can update your floor.
Revamp Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are at the top of the tier. Unfortunately, they are the most vulnerable and can easily crack, rot, or buckle. However, you don’t need to fully replace your hardwood flooring when it’s near its final days. Instead, you can opt for a DIY refinish. Here are the steps you should take to freshen up your hardwood flooring:
- Clean the surface with a hardwood cleaner
- Sand the floor’s perimeter
- Scuff-sand with a maroon buffer
- Vacuum and sweep the surface
- Apply the polish with a long-hanged roller
Install Underfloor Heating
If you are looking for a more tech-advanced flooring upgrade, underfloor heating is your perfect match. This is an amazing idea if you live in a zone with harsh winters or if you simply like to feel a warm sensation on your feet. An underfloor heating system can also be energy-efficient and reduce your monthly utility bills. The system is most efficient with stone and tile flooring because they conduct heat. Even though DIY underfloor heating installation is possible, it’s still advised, that you contact contractors.
Opt for Luxury Vinyl Planks
For homeowners who love how wooden floors look but don’t love the idea of maintaining them, we recommend luxury vinyl flooring. This material is the best of both worlds. It is made to imitate other types of floors such as tile and hardwood. But at the same time, it is affordable, durable, and easy to maintain. When choosing luxury vinyl, you can opt for tiles or planks. The installation is easy in both cases since luxury vinyl pieces have tongue and groove joints. You only need to click and tighten the pieces together. In addition, LVP can be installed on all types of subfloors including tile, concrete, wood, and even vinyl.
Mix & Match Different Materials
Usually, homeowners install one type of flooring throughout the entire home. However, mixing and matching different floor materials can be beneficial. First, it will allow you to visually separate your rooms and create different atmospheres in each. Second, it will create a stronger visual dynamic across the house and as a result, boost your appeal. You can also combine multiple floor materials in one room. Some homeowners have even managed to combine hexagon tiles with wood planks. This is a task for true DIY experts as you need to carefully plan the installation process. However, if you don’t feel up to the task, you can always ask for help from professional floorers.