If your kitchen looks outdated and has begun to show wear, you may have a hard time selling your home. One of the biggest things buyers look for is a nice kitchen. Most real estate experts would recommend that if your kitchen is old and outdated, you remodel it before selling. But what if this is not an option for financial or time-related reasons? Instead of just leaving the kitchen as-is and hoping someone is willing to overlook it, consider doing these quick little updates to brighten it up just a bit.
Paint the cabinets.
Whether the stain is looking patchy, the old paint is peeling, or they're just beginning to look dinged-up and old, a coat of paint will transform your cabinets. Remove the doors (all this takes is a screwdriver), and apply a coat of primer before then applying two coats of acrylic paint. (Let the paint dry completely between coats). Choose a semi-gloss finish, as this will resist stains and wear a bit better than a flat finish. A neutral color, like medium gray or deep beige, is the best choice since you won't risk turning off potential buyers who may not like a specific bright color.
Put up some shelving.
One thing everyone always wants more of in a kitchen is storage space – and open storage is very popular these days. Mounting a few shelves on a wall will make potential buyers think "storage" when they walk into the kitchen and may distract them from concentrating so much on the more outdated aspects of your design. You can purchase simple shelves at most home improvement stores. They come with mounting hardware and instructions. Consider painting them the same color as your cabinet doors before putting them up to create a more cohesive look.
Invest in an updated light fixture.
Light fixture styles change rapidly. A few years ago, all-glass fixtures were in style. Now, nickel and black-painted metal ones are more popular. If your light fixtures in the kitchen look a bit dated, shop for new ones. They only take a few minutes to put up, and you can find basic ones for pretty affordable prices. Make sure the fixture you choose fits the overall mood of your kitchen. For instance, if everything else has a light and airy color scheme, a white or pale metal fixture might be ideal. If darker colors are more prominent, a darker fixture is best.
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