Design Recipes: Transform your space with these low-cost refreshers

  • Kitchen No. 2, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Before and afte. Repainting older cabinetry can be a low-cost alternative to replacement. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Master bedroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Third bedroom, after: The installation of a full-size headboard to replace an existing sofa helps this space exist as a true bedroom instead of an office or den. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Third bedroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Master bedroom, after: With affordable upgrades such as an area rug and affordable bedding, this master bedroom helps send a message of calm and serenity. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 2, after: Affordable refreshers such as slipcovers, area rugs and toss pillows help give an instant lift. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 2, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 1, after: This living room is now bright, modern and fresh. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 1, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Kitchen No. 2, after: Upgrades such as new flooring and stainless steel appliances help make this kitchen shine. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Kitchen No. 1, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Bathroom, after: Low-cost refresher elements in a bathroom can include a new toilet, medicine cabinet, flooring, sink and fixtures. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Bathroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Second bedroom, after: New elements like bright, cheery bedding and colorful toss pillows help make this second bedroom inviting and friendly. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Second bedroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Kitchen No. 2, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Kitchen No. 1, after: Repainting older cabinetry can be a low-cost alternative to replacement. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Master bedroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Third bedroom, after: The installation of a full-size headboard to replace an existing sofa helps this space exist as a true bedroom instead of an office or den. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Third bedroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Master bedroom, after: With affordable upgrades such as an area rug and affordable bedding, this master bedroom helps send a message of calm and serenity. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 2, after: Affordable refreshers such as slipcovers, area rugs and toss pillows help give an instant lift. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 1, after: This living room is now bright, modern and fresh. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Kitchen No. 2, after: Upgrades such as new flooring and stainless steel appliances help make this kitchen shine. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Bathroom, after: Low-cost refresher elements in a bathroom can include a new toilet, medicine cabinet, flooring, sink and fixtures. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Bathroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Second bedroom, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 2, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Living room No. 1, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Kitchen No. 1, before. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Second bedroom, after: New elements like bright, cheery bedding and colorful toss pillows help make this second bedroom inviting and friendly. Design Recipes—TNS

Tribune News Service
Published: 6/22/2018 11:02:39 AM

Whether you are looking to sell or to dwell, there is always room to infuse a fresh, new look into a space that may be perceived as tired, worn or outdated. While a full renovation may be an option, it doesn't have to be. With a bit of creativity, planning and perhaps a bit of do-it-yourself work, making your home feel inviting and refreshed doesn't have to break the bank.

It is a common dilemma for many homeowners. Where should you invest your renovation dollars? A good rule of thumb is to invest in areas that may potentially add value, such as upgrading a bathroom or kitchen. Next, look to outdoor areas that can enhance the appearance or curb appeal, such as a new door, fresh siding or enhanced landscaping.

QUICK, LOW COST REFRESHERS

First, set a budget. Even a small budget can go a long way with proper planning. The key is to maximize value by selectively choosing to spend money on key items that may be viewed as a valued upgrade, especially as it relates to resale value, should you ever decide to sell your home.

Some ideas for quick low cost refreshers include:

Replacing a kitchen countertop.

Repainting cabinets. This is one of the least expensive ways to infuse a fresh modern look into an older kitchen.

Replacing basic appliances such as a dishwasher or refrigerator. Stainless steel remains the most desirable.

Installing an inexpensive vinyl tile over an existing floor. A 12-by-24-inch tile tends to be a more modern look, compared to a 10-by-10 inch tile.

Replace basic, elements such as toilets and faucets in a bathroom. This is a prime example of how a little can go a long way.

The Design Recipes design team was recently asked to implement some low-cost refreshers to help transform a 1950s home located in southern New Jersey.

Here's some insight into how an outdated home was transformed into one that is now more modern and fresh.

LIVING ROOM

Refreshers:

Slipcover for an existing sofa. Cost: $95

Toss pillows

Cost: $45

Wall mirror

Cost: $0 (removed from above a bedroom dresser)

Artwork

Cost: $125

Area rug

Cost: $125

Coffee Table

Cost: $0 (a pair of repurposed bookcases)

Floor lamp

Cost: $45

KITCHEN

Refreshers:

New stainless steel dishwasher

Cost: $350

New stainless refrigerator

Cost: $995

Repainting of kitchen cabinetry

Cost: $60 per gallon of paint. Approximately six cans used.

New cabinet hardware and hinges

Cost: $100

Groutable vinyl tile, 12-by-24 inches

Cost: $1.25 per square foot

BATHROOM

Refreshers:

Groutable vinyl tile, 12-by-24 inches

Cost: $1.25 per square foot

New toilet

Cost: $195

Cabinet with sink

Cost: $285

New faucet and showerhead

Cost: $155

Medicine cabinet

Cost: $125.00

MASTER BEDROOM

Refreshers:

Fresh coat of paint

Cost: $60 per gallon

Side tables

Cost: $45

Bedding

Cost: $75

Table lamp

Cost: $55

Toss pillows

Cost: $45

Area rug:

Cost: $95

SECOND BEDROOM

Refreshers:

Fresh coat of paint

Cost: $60 per gallon

Headboard

Cost: $65

Side table

Cost: $25

Bedding

Cost: $95

Cotton area rug

Cost: $45

THIRD BEDROOM

Refreshers:

Fresh coat of paint

Cost: $60 per gallon

Console table

Cost: $85

Bedding

Cost: $185

Table lamp

Cost: $55

Toss pillows

Cost: $45

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C.




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