Small Changes, Big Impact Series...part 1

The upcoming holidays often encourage us to take stock of our homes and to think of some little home improvement projects we can complete before the friends and family come share time with us.  Many of us have heard that a kitchen or bathroom remodel will help us gain the greatest return on an investment, but what if you don't have the money, or just don't want to spend the money, for an entire remodel?

I am in that very predicament.  My husband and I have a set budget for home improvement--a budget that is sorely lacking from my perspective.  So what's a girl to do?  I had to improvise!  I decided to make some small changes that have big impact.

The first change I have made is in the kitchen.  Although I would love a new kitchen with new cabinets, a new floor, new fixtures and new everything, my meager budget barely allows me to dream of those things, let alone purchase them.  My first change was my cabinet knobs.  As you can see in the picture, on our cherry cabinets we had glaring white knobs.  Not only did the knobs not do our cherry cabinets any justice, they simply did not fit in with my French Country design ethic!  I decided for a simple change out to Aged Bronze bird cage knobs (a total investment of $125).  I think it made an enormous difference.

The next step was to declutter.  Look at all the junk in that picture!  You would think I have no counter-space, when in reality, I have plenty.  The total cost to declutter--FREE!  And I gave things away on Freecycle as well as to one of our family's favorite charities, City Mission.

Here is the final product--for now.  In the future I would love a new sink, new counter-top, new floors...

So far into my "Home Renovation" I have spent $125.  What will I make over next? 


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