Easy Kitchen Updates to Freshen Up Your Home
Is your kitchen feeling a little blah, but you don’t have the time, budget, or desire for a complete kitchen overhaul? We've got you covered with these 10 easy kitchen updates. Most can be done inside of a weekend afternoon and they won't break the bank.
Sometimes all it takes to feel like you're in a brand new kitchen is clearing away the clutter. Take stock of what's in your kitchen and toss outdated or unwanted food, donate utensils and appliances you no longer use, and remove items that don't belong in the kitchen. You won't spend a dime to create a tidy kitchen that's also more functional and spacious. If you're really feeling ambitious, you can organize your refrigerator next.
Paint, paint, paint.
There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint on the walls to give any room in the house a clean, new look. But even if painting the walls seems like too much of a project, then you can still embrace the power of paint. Take a paintbrush to your kitchen seating or the cabinets to bring in some bold colors.
Make a (back) splash!
If your backsplash is just boring drywall, then you can make your kitchen infinitely more interesting with adhesive tile panels. You just peel and stick them to the wall, no grout needed. Once complete, your colorful or textured backsplash will add visual appeal above your sink or behind your stove.
Upgrade cabinet hardware.
This easy kitchen update probably gives you the most bang for your buck. Even if you do nothing else, swapping out your old or outdated cabinet hardware for something more colorful, whimsical, or decorative will basically transform your kitchen. Give it a try and see for yourself.
Add under-cabinet lighting.
There's just something about under-cabinet lighting that's so appealing. It gives you much welcome extra light when you’re preparing meals or the kids are doing homework. At night, under-cabinet lighting creates a warm, cozy feeling in the kitchen when you don't want too much brightness. You'll need an electrician for this one, but it's still a quick and relatively easy kitchen upgrade.
Find a new faucet.
Simply installing a new kitchen faucet could give your kitchen the beauty boost it needs. Today's faucet options include high-end chrome, nickel, stainless steel, platinum, and pewter. For a warmer tone, you can try brass, gold, bronze, or copper. Modern faucets also have some cool new features like laminar flow, advanced filtration, and hands-free activation.
Place shelving between cabinets.
Installing a few well-placed shelves is an easy kitchen update that can open up a world of possibilities in your kitchen. They'll allow you to display decorative plates, artwork, flowers, and photographs. Make the shelves fashionable and functional by using them to hold mason jars filled with foods that look as good as they taste, like tri-colored pasta, loose herbal tea, dried fruits, grains, dried beans, and nuts.
Add molding to cabinets.
Sleek, featureless cabinet fronts are not everyone's preference. To give your plain cabinet doors some character, attach some molding to the front. Opt for simple wood stripes if you like or consider more decorative pre-cut panels that you can find at the local hardware store.
Fix up your flooring.
Installing a new kitchen floor can make a dramatic difference in your kitchen. To keep the project easy and affordable, opt for modern floating vinyl sheets that don’t need to be adhered to the sub-floor. These newer vinyl sheets are much thicker and more durable than standard vinyl, resulting in a floor that not only lasts longer, but also provides a soft, cushiony walking surface.
Consider a new appliance.
Look around your kitchen. Is your refrigerator frightening? Is your oven looking awful these days? You may be holding back on purchasing something new because you think you'll have to replace all appliances at the same time. But sometimes, getting a single new appliance is all it takes to give your kitchen a facelift. And as far as easy kitchen updates go, all you have to do is pick out your appliance and let the pros install it and take away the old one.
Stop by Reno's Appliance and talk to a member of our friendly sales staff today. They will make sure that you find the perfect appliance for your home. Since 1951, we are proud to be a local, family-owned business with better service, better selection, and better prices than our big box competitors.