3 Small Kitchen Upgrades That Make a Big Difference

When we moved to our current home, I decided I wanted to paint our cabinets. Oh yes, it made the list of house things “to do”. I loved the countertops and the layout, and the appliances are still pretty new, but I wanted those cabinets changed!

Once I started researching the work needed to paint cabinets, I second-guessed myself! So, while I’m leaving THAT for last, I figured up a few other things I can do to update the look!

What about you? Ready to start a kitchen remodel? Stop right there! Before you go knocking down walls and busting up your existing cabinetry, take a second to really look at that space. There’s a lot you can do to improve the look of your kitchen, all while spending less. Here are three simple kitchen upgrades that are not only easy to do, but easy on your wallet, too.

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Pretty-Up the Kitchen With Paint

Is your kitchen painted in hue that is more retro than right now? Dated kitchens can greatly benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Lighter shades of blue can create a clean and crisp look that works well on cabinets, walls and even the ceiling. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room and is said to make people feel happy. As for neutrals, gray is the best choice as it is a great color to build on, and it also works well as a countertop or cabinet color. And if you’re looking to really energize the room, choose white. The color white gives the room a fresh and clean feeling and will instantly wake you up the moment you step into it. Plus, it’s easy to play with other colors in the kitchen when you choose white as a base.

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As much fun as it is to pick a paint color, when painting your kitchen you must also consider the right paint finish. The kitchen is a high-grime, high-traffic area of the house that will require a total scrub-down every now and then, which means you need to choose a finish that can handle a little water, soap and of course, elbow grease. Satin finishes are a solid choice and can resist mildew, dirt stains and scrubbing. Semi-gloss reflects a lot of light and is very durable, which makes it the best option for backsplash.

Add Essential Under-Cabinet Lighting

Kitchen looking a little dark? There’s no need to undergo a full electrical renovation to get the essential task lighting your kitchen needs. Under-cabinet lighting comes in a variety of models, most of which can be easily mounted, plugged in and wired. When searching for the right under-cabinet lighting for your kitchen be sure to choose and option that produces a non-glaring light that is small and lightweight, and generates the least amount of heat to avoid damaging your cabinets and the contents inside. Keep in mind if you have good lighting in your kitchen already, tape lights or an LED strip will likely be your best option and will give your countertops and workspaces that bit of extra light you desire.

Get Creative With Concrete

You don’t have to remove your countertops to give them a fresh new look. If you admire the look of concrete counters you can recreate the look in your own kitchen, without the mess and just a few supplies including putty knives, sandpaper, drywall knives, food safe concrete sealer, and a paint roller and brush. While you won’t have the durability and longevity of real concrete countertops, you will have the modern look by skim coating them with an Ardex concrete product. Be sure to start with clean and sanded countertops. You’ll also want to tape of your backsplash and protect your appliances.

You don’t need a big budget to make big changes in your kitchen, just a little free time and a little creativity will do.

So what do you think? Will any of these solutions help you love your kitchen any more?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

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