Do you peruse home improvement magazines or Pinterest boards of dream homes longing for an update to yours, only to decide that you don’t have the time or the money to make it happen? What if we told you it was possible to give your kitchen a new look this weekend without blowing your whole budget?
Yeah, we thought you’d be interested. And it is possible. Try out a few of these quick projects and see what you think.
Add a Pop of Color
We’ve said it before—paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to give a room a brand new look. Whether it’s brightening up your cabinets with a new color or painting the walls, a new hue can totally change the mood of a room. Consider adding a coordinating rug (don’t forget a slip prevention mat for safety in the kitchen) or vase to make it really pop.
Dress Up Your Hardware
Swap out your blah sink fixtures for sleek modern ones to instantly update your kitchen’s look. To extend the appeal beyond your sink, replace your cabinet handles and drawer pulls with new ones in the same metal.
Open It Up
Famous chefs keep the tools of their trade close at hand. Why can’t you? Put your pots on display with a hanging storage rack or choose one for utensils. If you have a small kitchen, this will create more storage space in your cupboards, too.
Don’t want to put your pots and pans out in the open? Try replacing your cabinet doors with curtains (for a country kitchen look) or frosted glass doors (for a more urban feel).
Add More Workspace
If you have space in your kitchen, add an island to gain more room for storage, display, and food prep. Don’t think you have to limit your choices to traditional countertop options or tables. Get creative by repurposing an old console table or dresser. Add wheels and it can also serve as a movable buffet table.
Cut the Clutter
Somehow kitchen counters often serve as the landing spot for random papers—letters from the kids’ schools, junk mail, shopping lists, etc. Designate a cabinet or drawer as your message center to condense (or at least conceal) the clutter. You can paint the outside of it with chalkboard paint to create a fun note board or add a bulletin board to pin the most important reminders.
Turn Old Dishes into Wall Art
Have a pile of pretty dishes hidden away in a cabinet? Turn them into fun wall art by using plate hangers to arrange them on your wall. They don’t have to be a matched set, as mixing colors or designs adds extra visual interest. Check out thrift stores or estate sales for a variety of styles.
Brighten the Room
Good lighting is especially important in the room where you prepare meals, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with standard light fixtures. Look for something that adds style to your kitchen as well as light.