This month in "Style at Home" magazine they talked about all the things we can do to perk up our kitchens without spending alot of money. Some of the suggestions seem like a great deal of work, such as wallpapering the ceiling. I didn't even know that trend was back in style - if it is, it shouldn't be (in my opinion). But many of the ideas were quick, easy and didn't really cost much and I can see that they may offer improvement to a kitchen that is looking a bit tired.
1. Granny Smith Apples - a stylist's secret weapon - are a pretty countertop accent and a healthy snack all in one.
2. Overhaul the area under your sink to make room for garbage, recycling, composting.
3. Hide the counter clutter of keys, cellphones and sunglasses in a decorative container.
4. Remove everything from the tops of cabinets. Thorough clean the area. Do not replace the items!
5. Dress the windowsill with two or three pots of moss or herbs.
6. If there isn't a window above your sink, hang a mirror there.
7. Cook up some natural air freshener. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of apple cider to a simmer. Add a few slices of lemon, cinnamon sticks and 1 tsp whole cloves. Simmer for a couple of hours. Add cider as it evaporates.
8. Hang a fabric blind for a touch of grandeur.
9. A potted orchid in a white ceramic pot is a sophisticated living accessory that lasts longer than cut stems.
10. Remove a pair of cupboard doors and style the open shelves with your prettiest things.
11. Install new cabinet hardware.
12. Leave only your choicest small appliances on the counter.
13. Conquer the junk drawer.
14. Paint your cabinets natures neutral - green.
15. Make a pretty message board by placing fabric or decorative paper behind the glass of a large frame. Then use a dry erase marker to write on the front.
There are many many ways to spruce up your kitchen before putting your house on the market. Have fun with it. Afterall the kitchen is the heart of the home.