The pandemic gave many people a chance to work on their home cooking skills and as a result, kitchen renovations are on a lot of homeowners’ minds. A significant renovation like a kitchen remodel takes time and help from a dedicated construction team. Many Reno homeowners are finding delays in getting a contractor to get the work started, and DIY projects are also on the rise. If a kitchen remodel is on your wishlist, the good news is that there are ways to remodel your Reno home to sell, without a team of contractors. You can even do some of these renovations yourself with a dedicated weekend and a trip to the home improvement store. 

Remodeling your kitchen can be expensive, but refacing kitchen cabinets – rather than installing new ones – can save you money. The kitchen cabinets are a significant part of your kitchen’s look, and replacing them can take up half of the entire remodeling budget.

Paint or refinish cabinets instead of replacing them 

Kitchen remodels can take shape in many ways and one of the main areas to focus on are cabinets. Dated kitchen cabinets can make any kitchen show its age and updating your cabinets can be a way to change the whole look and feel of your space. But you don’t need to replace your cabinets completely to get a new look. By removing your kitchen cabinet doors and repainting them, you can give your kitchen a refresh without having to go through a major construction job. As long as the inside of your cabinets are still functional, you will have saved yourself a lot of time and money with like-new cabinets.

Add new light fixtures

Lighting can also give a space a modern upgrade. You might consider picking lighting that matches your newly-painted cabinets or pick bamboo or pendant shades. Under cabinet lighting is another way to update your kitchen while also adding functionality. Even just replacing your lightbulbs can make a difference in giving your kitchen a fresh look.

Update your countertops

Countertops are another kitchen feature that can really date a kitchen. While a bit more involved to upgrade than painting cabinet doors, there are still ways to upgrade your countertops without pulling everything out and starting from zero. One option is to put butcher block on top of your existing countertops, or to cover it with another surface — you will want to consult with a home improvement store to consider the options. You can also tear out the countertops you have and replace them, while leaving your cabinets in, to make the job easier. If you need to sell your house fast, this upgrade can save you time.

Add a decorative backsplash or accent wall 

One small change can give your kitchen an entirely new look and it could be as simple as painting a wall or adding a backsplash behind your stove. Accent walls can be in a bold color in one room of your kitchen, or behind a set of shelving. You can also use wallpaper to create an accent wall. Whatever you pick, you can use the accent wall to tie together other colorful design details in your kitchen.

A full kitchen remodel may be on your wishlist, but if you want less of an investment of time and money, these are options worth considering.