5 Small Kitchen and Bathroom Projects that Make a Big Difference

Giving your kitchen and bathroom a fresh, updated look doesnt have to mean demolition and downtime. Small changes can have a big impact! Here are some DIY tips.

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Giving your kitchen and bathroom a fresh, updated look doesnt have to mean demolition and downtime. Small changes can have a big impact, says Joe Maykut, director of product management for Sears Home Improvement. This quick turnaround is especially important for rooms that are used as often as the kitchen and bathroom.

These ideas are small weekend do-it-yourself projects no heavy lifting or major expenses with downtime of those areas, Maykut says.

Little things like swapping out hardware or throwing on a fresh coat of paint in your kitchen or bathroom wont make a big dent in your wallet but will have a big impact. Get started with these five projects to instantly freshen up your home.

1. Swap cabinet hardware.

Changing out the handles and knobs of cabinet doors is an easy and inexpensive project that can really alter the look of a room. Create a homey feel with mix-and-match knobs, or go sleek with long, slim metallic pulls.

2. Switch up light fixtures.

Take a look at the light fixtures in your kitchen and bath. Have they been there since the 80s? If so, its time you give your lighting a new look. Maykut says you can do this without any major electrical work. Just ensure you turn off the breaker to the area youre working on to be safe, he cautions.

3. Add a backsplash.

If youve just got plain old wall space behind your stovetop, its time to make a splash. So many colors, textures and styles of backsplashes exist today glass, porcelain, stainless steel, copper really, the skys the limit. Turn your backsplash into a true work of art to really personalize your space.

4. Get creative with tile.

Bathroom tile isnt just for the shower anymore. Use tile in creative ways, like extending your shower tile halfway up one wall or using it behind the sink like a backsplash, to change up the look of your loo while keeping the design cohesive.

5. Paint with contrasting colors.

A fresh coat of paint does wonders for perking up a room, Maykut says. Dont forget those baseboards and door trim that get scuffed up over time and you just dont notice much anymore. Contrasting colors can add a dramatic effect to a room. Paint one wall a deep hue, or use different colors to create a harlequin pattern. Unleash your inner artist!