7 Easy Upgrades to Transform Your Kitchen
When dreaming of your perfect kitchen, it can be hard to decide what changes need to happen in order to make it the perfect space for you. The kitchen is the most used space in the house, so you want to make sure you plan wisely before embarking on this remodeling journey.
There are many options when it comes to a kitchen reno, so we created a list of possibilities to help you get started. Here are 7 easy upgrades to consider to help create your dream kitchen:
Rather than installing new cupboards, painting tarnished or scuffed cabinetry is a cost-effective way to brighten the room. Make sure to scrub the cabinets before you sand and prime, then paint. Although it's a bit more time-consuming, taking the added time to do the proper steps will ensure the final product is beautiful.
Pro Tip: Lighter colored paints can make your kitchen appear larger.
Shiny New Faucet
There is more to your sink than washing dishes and running water. A beautiful faucet can transform the look of your counter space. Rather than replacing the entire sink, simply update spouts, valves, finishes, and handles to improve the appearance of your sink without breaking the bank.
Pro Tip: Choose one of the most popular faucets from 2018 and your kitchen will start to sparkle like new.
Replace old knobs and drawer pulls with classic finishes such as brushed nickel or stainless steel for a “brand new” look. Even the most inexperienced is able to replace these with very little difficulty or risk. Hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's carry a variety of styles.
Pro Tip: Make sure to do this last if you plan to repaint your cabinets.
An out-of-the-box idea that will take your efficiency in the kitchen to a new level is switching how you store your food, pots, and appliances. Pots and pans have long handles that fit perfectly into tall cabinets and pantries or on overhead racks. Store your food in the pullable deep drawers for easy access while cooking.
Pro Tip: Storing kitchen items efficiently will declutter the room and a decluttered kitchen is a simple way to give the room a "new" feel.
Fresh paint is a must if you're looking to transform your kitchen. Don't stop at the cabinets. Create a focal point in the kitchen by painting the island siding a contrasting color. While the clean, white look of kitchens continues in popularity, soft shades of gray are also in high demand.
Pro Tip: Hire a professional to ensure perfection in the finest details. It may be cheaper than you probably think and well worth it if you aren't sure how to do some tasks yourself!
If you haven’t replaced your backsplash in more than a decade, chances are it’s outdated. The kitchen backsplash can complement the background or make a bold statement. If yours could use some freshening up, it’s fairly simple to replace with a little DIY know-how. From classic tile to mosaics or even wood, easy peel-and-stick options abound.
Pro Tip: Searching Pinterest for "kitchen backsplash ideas" will provide a plethora of options to inspire you.
Lighting is a key feature in creating an open and inviting space that future buyers will love. If you have pendant lights or lamps, make sure they’re still in style. If not, invest in modern lighting fixtures that will have appeal in today’s housing market. Adding under cabinet lighting is another quick fix you can make to improve your kitchen’s lighting. It’s relatively inexpensive and will brighten up your counter space.
Pro Tip: Invest in smart bulbs which are internet-capable LED light bulbs that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely.