Weekend Update: Revitalize Your Kitchen In 5 Easy Steps
We take pride in our kitchens. As the most trafficked room in the home, it deserves our constant attention, but life can get in the way and distract us. Fear not, as there are always small and easy updates you can do over the weekend that will revitalize your kitchen.
1. Add Fresh Coat of Paint
Painting is the easiest and cheapest way to bring new life to your kitchen. Changing the color scheme, adding bold colors, or brightening up your current kitchen can do wonders for outdated kitchens. Whether you decide to paint an accent wall, your kitchen cabinets, or even your kitchen appliances, an idea and little bit of elbow grease will have your grungy kitchen looking like new.
2. Replace or Add a Kitchen Backsplash
One of the hottest kitchen updates these past few years has undoubtedly been the backsplash. The backsplash is designed to protect the wall from splashes, grease, and common cooking stains. There are plenty of ways to protect the area, but creating a backsplash is one of the quickest and most attractive.
While attaching a tile backsplash can get expensive, there are other cheaper options such as glass, porcelain, ceramic, pegboards, vinyl or wood. Furthermore, there are a wide variety of designs to choose from as well.
This is an easy DIY project that almost any homeowner can accomplish. For others, there are always kitchen pros near you ready to lend a helping hand.
3. Add Some Light
Kitchens demand light, whether that be natural sunlight for your breakfast, or illuminating chandeliers for dinner. Additionally, terrific lighting makes small kitchens feel spacious.
The best way to add a light source is by installing a large window in the kitchen. According to our window installation cost estimator, the average cost is $4,264, but a large window with simple treatments can make a world of a difference.
Homeowners could also add track lighting, extra recessed lights, or under cabinet lights to brighten up your shadowy countertops. All in all, extra light will make your small or dark kitchen more inviting and functional.
4. Clean, Organize and De-clutter
More often that not, all a dated kitchen needs is some simple TLC. Cleaning and organizing a kitchen are two of the best TLC tactics anyone can do.
Always make sure your kitchen looks its best. Just pretend that you’re hosting a dinner party every night and you will be sure to clean each and every spot that hits your kitchen.
Next, it’s time to simplify. If you want your kitchen to seem more spacious, replace those large appliances with compact ones. Appliance manufacturers are now offering all sorts of compact appliances to work with any space. Even if a slim refrigerator can’t fit in your kitchen, you still have some other options, such as an under-counter fridge.
On the de-cluttering front, there is no better option than a pullout pantry. Most kitchens have a four to 10-inch gap between the refrigerator and the wall or cabinets, which is perfect for a pullout pantry. It’s ideal for storing spices, canned goods or snacks for the children. Besides that, it will free up other valuable cabinet space for those larger kitchen appliances you purchased.
5. Reface or Refinish Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets should make a splash in every home. Unlike other items in your home, you have numerous options when it comes to renovating kitchen cabinets: You can replace your cabinets, you can reface them with new exteriors, or you can refinish them by sanding and adding a new coat of paint.
Refacing kitchen cabinets is exactly what it sounds like. You are completely replacing the doors, drawer faces and handles. Additionally, cabinet refacing also entails covering the existing cabinet boxes or outlines with a thin layer of veneer. Even more beneficial, this project can usually be completed in less than a week.
Refinishing kitchen cabinets usually consists of staining, sanding, repainting or any combination of the three. Where cabinet refacing is bringing in new materials, cabinet refinishing is updating your current kitchen cabinets.
Both cabinet refacing and refinishing can be completed for a fraction of the cost of installing new cabinets. See more at Kitchen Cabinet Options: Install, Reface or Refinish.