Redoing our kitchen has long been on my “house” list…ever since we moved in, actually. There’s not much “wrong” with our kitchen, it could just really use some updating.
However, due to this summer’s arrival of the twins, the kitchen has been placed on the back burner for a few years – and rightly so! But I was thinking the other day, there have to be others out there who are getting tired of their same old boring kitchen, but don’t have the financial means to invest in a large-scale remodel. And when you get right down to it, there’s no need to invest a lot of money to transform your kitchen into something fresh and new; many projects can be accomplished with a minimal investment!
A little creativity, willingness, and elbow-grease is all it takes to take a drab and lifeless kitchen and turn it into something that makes it feel open and beautiful.
Give New Life to Tired Cabinets
New cabinets and even refacing cabinets will run you thousands of dollars. Instead, breathe modern and upscale life into your cabinets using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s better than latex and spray paint by far. The process involves painting on the color then following behind with a special wax you rub into seal the color. It doesn’t smear or chip and with a variety of chic colors you’ll be amazed at how quickly your kitchen looks brand new again. With another person’s help, you can finish your whole kitchen in a weekend.
Replace Old Knobs and Pulls
There are thousands of choices in styles from contemporary to rustic to modern. You can find them in every price range; it’s such an easy way to transform your kitchen’s look and feel. Measure the existing holes and be sure and buy new hardware in the right length or width. You don’t want to run out and buy 25 new pulls only to discover you needed 4” ones and not 3” ones.
Start Over on Your Tables and Countertops
How many of us have the same tired décor items on our kitchen window ledges, countertops, and tables? Start over completely. Remove every single thing from all surfaces. Place it in another room. Now you can rebuild the décor of your kitchen from a new vantage point.
Find one or two locations that would benefit from seasonal flowers or plants. Complement fresh greenery with corresponding hardscape such as metal signs or a decorative bread box to hide your electronics. When you bring your existing kitchen décor back, try to minimize how many appliances and jars of utensils you have sitting out. A good rule of thumb is no more than three. Stash the rest in your newly painted kitchen cabinets.
Replace Recessed Lighting
It sounds counter-intuitive, wasn’t the late 20th century all about recessed lighting? But now there are so many great fixtures you can add to your kitchen to give it defined style and pizzazz. You don’t have to replace them all, in fact, it would look strange if you did. But pendant lights over an island or a sink make a statement. Industrial-look lighting is a hot trend, especially when paired with Edison bulbs.
If your style changes quickly, interchangeable pendant lights are great because once you install the pedant wiring, you can switch out different shades at your leisure.
Update your Backsplash
Why go through the time and expense of adding tile to your backspash when you can transform the dull space between your cabinets and counter with peel and stick tiles that look just like real tile.
Another option is textured wallpaper. Wallpaper now is nothing like the weird stuff your parents had on their wall in the 70s, it so realistic you have to get up close to have a clue that it’s not the real thing. A great option in textured wallpaper is faux brick which you can find in a variety of colors and styles.
So who knows, maybe we WILL take the time to give the kitchen a little makeover! What would YOU do in your kitchen to make a change?
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