When you think of updating your kitchen, you want to find the easiest and cheapest ways to do so. You may imagine investing tens of thousands of dollars to replace your cabinets, counters and appliances but updating a kitchen does not have to cost a fortune. Here are some easy, inexpensive solutions that will make your kitchen feel like new.
Any remodeling project should begin with a thorough cleaning. Organize drawers and cabinets to maximize your space. Put away any food items that don’t need to be left on the counter. Purchase some decorative storage containers for items that can’t be put in cabinets. Clean out and organize the refrigerator.
Rather than replacing your cabinets entirely, consider painting them. Choose a durable paint that can withstand heat and liquids. Replace any hinges that no longer work properly. Updating cabinet knobs and drawer pulls give them a whole new look.
Also think about painting or wallpapering your kitchen walls. New color combinations are the best way to make your kitchen feel like new.
Kitchen backsplashes are designed to protect your walls from food and other items, but they can also serve to create a fresh look for your kitchen. It’s not difficult to install a new tile backsplash. Be creative and design a mosaic look by mixing different sizes and shapes of tile. For a more modern look, consider a stainless steel backsplash.
Replacing your refrigerator and stove can break your budget, fortunately smaller appliances are much more affordable. If your microwave oven has been in use since the early 1990s, consider replacing it with a newer model. Throw your dirty toaster oven and old coffee pot in the trash, and invest in new ones. Choose bold colors or designs for a fresh look.
You don’t have to be a plumber to replace a kitchen faucet. Most home improvement stores offer assistance in selecting and installing a new faucet. There are many different styles and colors available. Choose one that matches your kitchen as well as your lifestyle.
Choose a “theme” when updating your kitchen, and use wall decorations to accent the theme. If your kitchen has a country look, hang up an old washboard or antique wicker basket. If your kitchen has a more modern look, consider hanging a decorative wrought iron coffee cup or stainless steel sculpture. Shelves are another fun decorating tool. Display your favorite cookbooks or collection for everyone to see.
Replacing kitchen curtains, towels, potholders and even dishes can make your kitchen feel like new. If you have an eat-in kitchen, invest in new placemats or a runner or tablecloth to update your kitchen table. Purchase some new cushions for your chairs. Find a colorful and interesting centerpiece to draw attention to your table’s new look. Keep the smallest details in mind as you update your kitchen.