Upgrade Your Kitchen and Bath on a Budget

Most homeowners have a room or two they’d like to spruce up and, in most cases, it’s either the kitchen or bathroom.


Most homeowners have a room or two they’d like to spruce up and, in most cases, it’s either the kitchen or bathroom. While a total renovation can definitely boost your home’s market value, not everyone has a bottomless bank account that can help make these renovations a reality. According to home staging professionals, the average home staging budget is only one to three percent of your home’s value – hardly enough to completely renovate.

Each year, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), brings the latest industry products and trends to the public. This year, Ronique Gibson of Stagetecture.com, headed to Las Vegas to bring you highlights from KBIS. Among them were adding convenient and attractive kitchen islands, and upgrading cabinetry.

Add an Island

As convenient as they are attractive, kitchen islands provide additional cabinets, counter space and extra seating. If storage is your concern, opt for a kitchen island design with deep drawers and slide-out shelving that can transform dead space into useful and convenient storage. Kitchen islands with cabinets to match your kitchen design are always a safe choice – especially since kitchen islands, whose usual location is in the center of a kitchen, are a natural focal point. Even the smallest kitchens can add function and additional storage with a small kitchen island.

Top Knobs, a leader in the North American decorative hardware industry, launched six new series of cabinet hardware under their new Mercer Collection at KBIS. The kitchen islands manufactured are easy to keep clean, and include open seating on one side and storage space on the other. They’re especially ideal for kitchens where space is an issue. If you’re looking for an economical and attractive way to add space to your kitchen, consider browsing the Mercer Collection in leading kitchen and bath showrooms throughout the United States.

Upgrading Cabinetry

Reviving a tired and worn kitchen or bath doesn’t require a total overhaul. By updating your cabinet’s hardware with one of today’s popular options (vintage-look glass, burnished bronze, antiqued copper, or matte nickel), you can quickly and easily transform your dated cabinets into something with a bit more modern appeal. When shopping for new pulls and knobs, take the existing ones with you to ensure the new knobs will match the existing holes.

While painting your existing cabinets is an inexpensive update even a newbie DIYer can handle, some homeowners opt to replace their cabinetry completely. By installing brand new cabinetry that’s inexpensive and easy to keep clean, you can renovate your home without breaking your budget. Some homeowners may choose to update their cabinetry a few years before they plan on selling their home; that way, they can enjoy their new cabinetry while simultaneously increasing the market share of their home.

Goldrief, which has been producing quality cabinetry in Europe since 1929, announced their introduction of Goldrief by Poggenpohl to the U.S market at KBIS. In an effort to increase the company’s market share in the mid-market, these products are an affordable way to update any kitchen, bath, study or office. Available only through Poggenpohl’s own network, the cabinetry comes in a variety of colors and finishes guaranteed to fit with any décor.

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