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 visited space in the house, so you want to make sure you are prepared before embarking on this remodeling journey.
There are many changes you can make when the time comes so we created a list to help you get started. Here are 7 easy upgrades to consider to bring your dream kitchen to fruition.
Rather than installing completely new cabinets, 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 cost-effective, taking the added time to do the proper steps will ensure the final product is beautiful. DIY Network has a great step by step video on how to paint your own cabinets.
2019 kitchen designs will remain modern, but lean more toward traditional materials such as honed marble and natural woods.
💡Protip: 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 take you a step closer to your dream kitchen. Rather than replacing the entire sink, updates spouts, valves, finishes, and handles can improve the appearance of your sink without breaking the bank.
💡Protip: Choose one of the most popular faucets from 2018 and your kitchen will start to sparkle like new.
Replace knobs and drawer pulls with classic finishes such as brushed nickel or stainless steel for a “brand new” look. Even the greenest novice is able to replace these with very little difficulty or risk. Hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's carry a variety of all sorts. If you’re looking for funky, non-traditional colors and designs check out Hobby Lobby.
💡Protip: Nervous about drilling holes in your cabinets? Edge pulls, like the ones seen here, are screwed into the back of the cabinet, making them the perfect choice for the "commitment phobe" or someone who's not so great with a level.
Invest in Organization
Marie Kondo is taking the world by storm as she works on "Tidying Up" America one home at a time. If we've learned anything, we know that organizing a space efficiently will allow for storage of MORE items. Start by sorting all your food and spices, removing duplicates and expired items. Organize each cabinet by neatly stacking like items, largest to smallest. Pullout drawers and trays can be a great way to add additional space within each cabinet box.
💡Protip: Arrange your baking dishes vertically using a cheap office file organizer so you are able to easily find what you are looking for.
Fresh Paint, Fresh Look
Fresh paint is a must-do if you're looking to transform your kitchen.
Gone are the washed out grays and browns. 2019 looks to be a year where we move to deep, earthy tones. These rich colors can be a beautiful contract against white cabinetry. Create a focal point in the kitchen by painting the island siding a contrasting color.
💡Protip: Our friends at The Creativity Exchange have some great suggestions if you're ready to try something fresh like dark gray or even teal cabinetry.
If you haven’t replaced your backsplash in more than a decade, chances are it’s too dated. The kitchen backsplash can compliment the background or make a bold statement. If yours is outdated, 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.
💡Protip: Searching Pinterest for "kitchen backsplash ideas" will provide a plethora of options to inspire you.
Amp Up The Lighting
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.
💡Protip: Smart bulbs which are internet-capable LED light bulbs that allow lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely.