DIY Projects for Home Improvement – Part 2: Kitchen & Bath

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In a previous blog post, we discussed some general, easy DIY home improvement ideas to update any area of your home. When it comes to prioritizing where to invest your time, effort, and budget on home improvements, it’s better to consider areas within your home that will either produce higher returns on investment—especially if you’re looking to sell—or areas you wish were more functional for the whole family.

Two influential areas where homeowners tend to see the biggest bang for their buck are the bathroom and kitchen. While a home improvement full bathroom remodel or kitchen renovation often requires the help of professionals, the following DIY home improvement ideas can modernize your kitchen and revive your bathroom without straining your pocket.

Bath Home Improvement Ideas

1. Fixtures

Besides repainting your bathroom, updating bathroom fixtures is an effective yet inexpensive improvement. Though subtle, making updates to the following bathroom fixtures can really enhance the space:

  • Faucets
  • Shower heads
  • Shower rods
  • Towel racks
  • Door knobs
  • Lighting

2. Shelving

Most home improvement stores and larger retail chains now carry a variety of styles, materials, and sizes for adding shelving to your bathroom space. For a more rustic look, opt for wooden floating shelves with raw edges, or go for a modern flair by choosing shelving with clean, straight lines in a contrasting color.
At Gonyea Transformations, we love combining décor and functionality on floating shelves to give them more purpose and interest. Try pairing your favorite artwork or greenery with some basic bathroom necessities, like a glass jar of cotton balls or folded hand towels.

3. Vanity

Vanities can create a stunning statement within any bathroom area. From ornate antique dressers to industrial poured concrete, there are several options for updating your vanity that you may want to consider.
If purchasing a new vanity isn’t in the budget for you, consider repurposing the one you have with a fresh coat of paint. Here are some other vanity improvements to consider:

  • Replace the countertop
  • Swap in a new sink
  • Update the hardware (i.e. drawer pulls, handles, etc.)

4. Tilework

If your bathroom tilework shows cracking from years of wear and tear, replacing the tile is a great investment. There are a variety of tile options available, ranging from inexpensive to more expensive materials and designs.
If retiling isn’t for you, try freshening up your existing tile with a deep clean and apply new caulking to give the illusion of new flooring. If you’re grout is aging the tile, consider picking up a grout paint kit to revive the color of your grout lines. With these small finishes, you’ll immediately shave years off those tiles!

Home Improvement Kitchen Ideas

1. Cabinets

One of the more costly aspects of a full kitchen renovation is new cabinetry. Instead of replacing your cabinetry, give your existing one’s new life with a fresh coat of paint. Your kitchen will immediately look brand new, without having to dip too far into your wallet.

2. Backsplash

Kitchen backsplashes can really make quite the statement in such a small area. Once you decide on your material type, play around with tile patterns and layouts to see what will best accentuate your space and depict your individual style.

3. Countertops

As your countertops usually cover a good amount of real estate in your kitchen, updated countertops will certainly make an impact in your home improvement plans. From granite to butcher block, quartz, and more, there are a variety of countertop materials to consider, depending on your budget, design preferences, and lifestyle.

4. Shelving

Sometimes, too much cabinetry can appear to enclose a space. By incorporating open shelving, you immediately lighten and brighten the area. While the open-concept shelving is more minimalistic, it still feels warm and inviting. Shelving is also a great way to showcase your everyday kitchen essentials or eclectic pieces, while still making the space functional.

Bathroom and kitchen home improvements can be overwhelming. If you decide to take on a bigger home improvement project, consider working with Gonyea Transformations. Our experienced remodeling team is here to help minimize the stress of renovations for you and your family. Taking the time to understand your unique needs and goals, we’ll help create a design that’ll transform your space to reflect your unique vision and improve functionality.

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