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DIY Bathroom and Kitchen Upgrades

No two rooms attract would-be homebuyers more than the kitchen and an ensuite bathroom. If you're thinking about a home remodel or upgrade project, these areas are likely to give you the biggest return on your investment. A remodel doesn't have to include a contractor, architect or a hefty bill! Fortunately, there are a few simple improvements that can go a long way.

Large updated white kitchen with island.

Kitchen Upgrades

The heart of any home is the kitchen. If yours needs a facelift but you don't want to break the bank, try these DIY upgrades.

Light it Up

Installing the right lighting can make your kitchen seem bigger, and the right light fixtures can add spunk, charm and character to the room. One easy way to modernize the lights you already have is to give them an update. This is a fun, easy way to put your personal stamp on the house without having to replace anything.

Incorporate an Island

For a reasonable price, you can buy or build a custom island. This is a great way to gain storage space and seating with a couple of stools. It becomes the centerpiece of any kitchen and is a worthwhile purchase that can make a big difference in the layout and traffic flow of your home.

Display Your Pots and Pans

It's simple to create a classic kitchen rack for your pots, pans, and utensils. Easy access to these essential tools will make cooking more efficient. And if you have beautiful copper pots and pans, they make a perfect decoration.

Update Hardware

Change the personality of your kitchen and update your faucets and fixtures. Go with chrome knobs for a clean, modern look, or try antique glass or bronze for a classic feel. Either way, unifying your cabinet hardware and sink fixtures will create a pulled together and finished look.

A Splash of Color

Installing a new backsplash adds personality and a pop of color. This project is a bit more labor-intensive, but the most difficult part of the job might be deciding which material you want to use. There are lots of options, ranging from tile to glass to stainless steel. If you're looking for color but don't have time to install tiles, painting your cabinets is another option that will refresh your kitchen with very little effort and cost.

Bathroom Improvements

Transforming a bathroom doesn't have to be a wallet-buster. There are plenty of DIY projects that can make a huge difference. Check out these three ideas that can transform your space and increase the resale value of your home.

Swap out Fixtures

Changing out the fixtures can alter the feel of the room and give it a stylish touch. Don't forget about light fixtures as well as plumbing fixtures. You can also get all the fixtures to match for a unified look—right down to the shower curtain rod. For a relatively small investment of time and money, your bathroom can go from "basic" to “wow.”

Looking for a little more?

DIY upgrades can be great, but if you're dreaming of making bigger improvements, WaFd Bank can help. Manage your budget and keep track of your finances easily with a WaFd checking account, plus you can choose between some great-looking debit cards so you can spend in style.

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