Kim, Fix My House: Updates Under $100!

Photo Source: All Weather Windows
Photo Source: All Weather Windows

How can I update my home for less then $100?

MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

Paint your front door in a vibrant red or classic black lacquer to punch up your curb appeal for a welcoming entryway.

TAKE IT INSIDE

During the cold months, an indoor garden is the best way to enjoy foliage all year long. Liven up the corners of a room by adding plants. Grow herbs in small pots near a kitchen window or fill planters with colourful blooms to flank your front door.

ROLL OUT THE DRAWER AND WIN

One of the easiest and most useful kitchen upgrades is to add a roll-out drawer to a cabinet. You will gain tons of usable storage space and no longer need to search for items at the back of the cabinet.

CHALK IT UP

One of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to add a custom look to a space is to cover a surface with chalkboard paint. Whether used for a grocery list on the inside of a cabinet or an impromptu art center for kids, chalkboard paint is a fun addition to any space.

HARK THE TILE

Sometimes, just changing out your back splash adds a whole new feel to your kitchen. Splurging on stainless steel can create a stylish look, but using an inexpensive material can also add visual interest. Try magnetic paint, tin ceiling tiles, wallpaper or wooden beadboard for creative, affordable options.

DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?

In addition to a seasonal wreath, dress up your entry door with a handsome new
knocker and your guests will thank you.

GLITTER IS A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

Change out a plain, powder room doorknob for a vintage glass sparkler. To maintain continuity with the rest of your doors, leave the original knob on the outside of the door. Or, replace all the knobs on a choice piece of furniture with attention grabbers in mercury glass.

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

Brighten counter tops and cabinets by adding light. Small battery-powered LED puck lights are inexpensive and easy to install under and inside cabinets to bring light into your kitchen

Written by Kim Bartley

Kim Bartley

Kim Bartley, Principal of Kim Bartley Design, brings 25 years of business ownership and management to the table.

Kim’s keen eye for design lends her rooms an edgy sophistication while remaining current and functional. Her philosophy is that your home should make you happy and reflect your lifestyle and changing needs. Focusing on unparalleled client care, Kim aims to make the design experience positive and enjoyable at each phase of the project. She works collaboratively with her clients to develop spaces that are clean and modern but still warm and approachable. Kim believes that everyone deserves to live in a beautifully designed space and focuses on truly “getting” her clients.

About Kim Bartley 26 Articles
Kim Bartley, Principal of Kim Bartley Design, brings 25 years of business ownership and management to the table. Kim’s keen eye for design lends her rooms an edgy sophistication while remaining current and functional. Her philosophy is that your home should make you happy and reflect your lifestyle and changing needs. Focusing on unparalleled client care, Kim aims to make the design experience positive and enjoyable at each phase of the project. She works collaboratively with her clients to develop spaces that are clean and modern but still warm and approachable. Kim believes that everyone deserves to live in a beautifully designed space and focuses on truly “getting” her clients.

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