Getting the Luxury Look without Breaking the Bank

Real Estate

So you sunk all of your money into your new home, but the list of home improvements is a mile long. “Sometimes it is better to live in your new home before renovating. You will learn how you really use the space, not how you THINK you will be using the space,” says Hugo Araujo, a real estate agent in Chicago.  “For example, families will put a playroom on another floor only to realize the kids do not want to be there on their own. The space is better used as a guest room. But you wouldn’t realize that until it’s too late.” 

It does not take a lot of cash to make small improvements that will have a big impact.  In many cases, a space can be transformed with a hundred dollars.


Pick a Color of Paint

Probably the biggest impact to a room is paint color. With patience and time, this is something most homeowners can even do on their own.   You don't have to be a professional to learn how to paint like one.  But it is important to keep in mind that there is more to a good paint job than just slapping some paint on the wall.  Watch how to videos, read up on people’s mistakes to avoid your own,  and don’t rush!


Kitchen Cabinets with a New Finish

Since we are on the topic of paint, we’d like to move from the walls to the cabinets. People walk into a kitchen and may think that they hate the dark wood and want to replace everything with a lighter color.  A brighter makeover doesn't necessarily mean replacing those dark cabinets with all-new ones.

As long as the frames and doors are structurally sound, you can clean them up and brush on some new paint.  It can probably be done in two to three days and some patience!  After you have done your research you’ll realize you need strong cleaner, sandpaper, a paintbrush, and a little elbow grease. What you don't need is a whole lot of money.  Getting your cabinets to look like new will cost a fraction of new cabinets.


A Bright Idea

New kitchen lighting or a new fixture over the dining table is sure to brighten up any meal with friends and family. We’ve got a few bright ideas: Change the type of bulb you use. A soft white will be less harsh and more inviting. Install a dimmer switch to make your current lighting more versatile.  Give an old chandelier new life with a coating of spray paint. There are also lots of great lighting ideas that won’t break the bank.


A Nod to Knobs

Replacing cabinet hardware is an inexpensive and easy to do. This can take your cabinets from drab to fab, or give a modern look to a dated kitchen.  Just make sure that the knobs and pulls that are the same size as the originals.  This way you don't have to re-drill the cabinets.