Home Improvement is never-ending, honestly. There is always something you can make better. Sweat Equity is the most rewarding way to add value to your home, and everything is getting easier to do yourself. I’ve listed 5 of the easiest things you can do today to increase the value and aesthetics of your home.
- Paint your kitchen cabinets. I KNOW this sounds like it’s out of your wheelhouse, but painting your kitchen cabinets is one of the easiest things you can do to increase the value of your home. The kitchen is the most important room in almost everyone’s house and it’s definitely the first thing potential buyers look for when browsing. White is the most traditional color and I would recommend it because it looks clean and immediately makes your kitchen look bigger. The first step is removing all the doors and hardware from the cabinets themselves. Next, you’ll want to sand the old finish or paint off of all of it. This is the most tedious step, but this sander will make it easier. Vacuum up all the dust inside, then tape off everything you don’t want painted. Using a paint sprayer (like this one), paint the insides and outsides of the cabinets. For the doors, I recommend laying them all out on some newspaper outside and painting them that way. Depending on the original color, two coats may be necessary. Wait for them to dry, then re attach and admire your new white cabinets. This can also easily be done in the bathrooms to match the kitchen.
- Ship lap Accent Wall. Yes, the same ship lap Chip and Joanna Gaines are always raving about. You can get authentic and imitation ship lap, both of which are going to automatically spruce up the wall you choose to put them on. I recommend putting this behind the TV, and all you have to do is measure the square feet of that wall, buy as much ship lap as the wall requires, and stick! If you didn’t opt for the stick-and-peel ones, I would recommend using a 3″ drywall screw, but you’ll want to drill the holes first to avoid bursting in the wood or cracking in the drywall.
- TRIM. Trim is such a weird thing. Some people love white, some people love wood. But we can all agree that whatever color you choose, nice trim is a must have for buyers everywhere. If you have wood trim and want to paint it, that’s easy! Just remove the trim with a small molding bar, but make sure you put a putty knife between the bar and the wall to avoid chipping the paint. Start at the edges and work your way in. Pull the nails out the back of the trim with a pair of nippers to avoid splitting the trim front. Be sure to label your trim once it’s removed so you don’t try to put the wrong piece back where it doesn’t fit. Reattaching trim after you’ve painted it works best with a brad nailer and finishing nails. Use putty to cover any nails.
- Paint your Tile. Did you even know you could do that? I didn’t until this article! Before painting your tile, clean it. Then clean it again. Painting your tile requires special tile paint that adheres to the tile, and using a smart roller is the best way to apply it. You can paint your tub to match, if you wish!
- Frame your mirrors. I am specifically talking about your bathroom mirror, but I think you could do it to all your mirrors to make a more cohesive look throughout your home. I did this recently, and it was remarkably easy. I measure my mirror, then bought enough 1×4 to frame it. I did a miter for the corners (45 degree angle cuts), and used mirror glue to stick the wood to the mirror. I also added some fake flowers, but you could use anything you want! Jewels, flowers, paint brushes, I don’t know! I also stained the wood dark walnut, in a light pink bathroom it really pops!
If you try any of these, comment below with before and after pics!!