I've been thinking about modernizing my traditional home. (This has been my obsession for what seems like years.) Gathering inspo, going to design shows, scouring Pinterest for ideas. My mantra: Make it modern in the most inexpensive and easy way.
There are more than a few upgrades that can give a real boost to a house's interior and exterior appearance without breaking the bank. Here are our favorites:
Easy kitchen enhancements
According to BuzzFeed, painting your kitchen cabinets makes a real impact on the overall look of the space, even if the cabinetry itself is a bit outdated. Two coats should do the trick, so you don't need to spend too much on paint. Check out these best practices for cabinet painting for our list of comprehensive tips! Swapping out the pantries' old handles for new ones can also be helpful.
If you want to be more ambitious, BuzzFeed recommends updating kitchen countertops, or even appliances. These changes cost considerably more than painting or purchasing new cabinet handles, but if you have any desire to sell your home in the near future, larger updates will add resale value.
Go regal with crown molding
Molding is a relatively inexpensive home improvement that works almost anywhere in your house, ranging from the kitchen to the border between your bedroom walls and the ceiling. It takes work - especially if you want to add it to multiple spaces. But according to This Old House, it's fairly inexpensive, especially if you opt for certain kinds of trimroc molding. This variety also doesn't require use of a miter saw during installation.
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Haute couture light switches
Artisanal light-switch frames? Yup, we're serious. HGTV backs us up on this point, explaining that the pretty frames you use for sentimentally valuable family photos can add subtle elegance throughout your home's interior when used to surround light switches. All you need for this upgrade are some frames and adhesive putty.
Simple curb-appeal boosts
Ah, curb appeal: It's a magic term in the real estate industry for good reason. BuzzFeed cites simple additions like potted plants on your stoop and an appealing paint job on the front door as easy upgrades that can attract the roving eye of a homebuyer or simply create a more attractive introduction to guests. In addition, keep up with your landscaping to ensure your exterior isn't sabotaged by unruly shrubbery.
The examples above are just a handful of potential inexpensive home improvements. For further upgrade and repair insights, check this out:
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