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4 Budget Kitchen Makeovers

For potential buyers, the kitchen is the room that can make or break the sale. An upgraded, attractive kitchen can make your home irresistible. You dont have to break the bank when you stage your home for sale. Minor renovations may help you sell your Western New York home for a higher price.

Under $100: Brighten With Lighting

A single pendant over the island or peninsula can take a space from okay to Wow. For the most contemporary look, seek out styles with geometric shapes and patterns and warm metallic finishes like the one shown here. Shop for bargains on amazon or, scour garage sales, then pay an electrician to rewire the fixture for you — you’ll likely still come in under $100.

Under $50: Hang Up a Valance

Add style to your stage at your kitchen window with an eye-catching valance. You can buy a premade valance and rod, like the Achim Home Furnishings DRVL14GW12 Darcy Window Curtain Valance $8. Or, find fabric you love, and then use iron-on fusible web like Dritz Stitch Witchery, $4 for 20 yards at, to hem the edges and create a pocket for a curtain rod. Slide onto the rod and voila: almost-instant elegance.


Under $100: Update the Hardware

Chrome, nickel and stainless steel finishes will never go out of style, but warm metallics offer a fresh, modern look. For a quick update, consider replacing your lighting, faucet or cabinet hardware with products in gleaming brass or bronze like the ones in this chic space. No need to replace everything at once — mixed metals are on-trend, too. So just try one at a time.

Under $50: add a throw rug

If your kitchen’s looking a little drab, try a throw rug to add color and, more importantly, pattern. To take it one step further, work in textures as well. Think about the scale (size) of the print, pattern or texture and work that scale around the space to create more depth. For a balanced look, keep the prints neutral with one or two color variations. For a bolder look, pile on that color and keep your texture. Amazon has a wide assortment of inexpensive kitchen throw rugs.


According to the National Association of Realtors:

 “A staged home will sell for 17% more on average than a non-staged home, and 95% of staged homes sell in 11 days or less. That is statistically 87% faster than non-staged homes.

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