Make your kitchen feel brand new, without a remodel
There are some inexpensive ways to make your kitchen feel like a brand-new room, and none of them involve a remodel.
Paint or Refinish Cabinets:
Take off your cabinet’s doors and paint them a fun color, or spend some time refinishing the boxes to make them shine like new. If you have metal cabinets, painting them is a bit harder, but a worthwhile investment. A fresh coat of paint will give your cabinets a brand new lease on life for a fraction of the cost of a remodel.
If your kitchen windows are bare, a quick window treatment will snap your kitchen back into style. The addition of curtains, blinds or short drapes is an inexpensive way to revive your windows.
Install a Pendant Light:
Recessed lighting is always a great style choice. But, if installing all new lighting is a bit of a stretch, replacing an older fixture with a hanging pendant light is the perfect alternative. Pendant lights come in several different colors and are perfect for an extra dash of lighting above your bar. During your install, you may need an electrician to avoid mistakes or serious injury. Find hiring tips here.
Create an Accent Wall:
Accent walls are another inexpensive and dramatic way to impact the look of your kitchen. Before the painting begins, it’s important to choose a color that isn’t hard to paint over should you decide to sell. Also, it’s a good idea to avoid dark colors unless everything else in your kitchen is dark. Instead, think more about neutral colors: gray, brown or taupe–especially if your kitchen is heavy on wooden accessories.
Put Up a Tile Backsplash:
Nothing gives a drab kitchen more “umph” than the addition of a backsplash. Fortunately, a backsplash is completely DIY-able and your local hardware store will have all of the materials you need. With backsplashes only needing between 10 and 40 square feet of tile, you’re looking at a total of roughly $200 in tiles and other equipment.
Get a New Sink Faucet:
If you’re beginning to notice a clash between your sink and other parts of your kitchen, it’s time for an upgrade. There are a wide variety of faucets available to homeowners (pull-down, single handle, double handle) that are designed to work with any kitchen aesthetic. If you like to cook (which involves washing vegetables), a pull-down or commercial kitchen faucet is a useful option. It’s easy to install a faucet yourself, but If you run into trouble, don’t hesitate to call a local plumber for help.
Unless your kitchen is already decked out in stainless, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with some dated aesthetics. But not to worry–by upgrading your appliances one at one time, you’ll save money and be able to address the most dated items first–which will have the biggest impact on your kitchen. Also, while looking for appliances, keep an eye out for energy friendly options– everyone likes lower utility bills.