Got the itch to invigorate your current kitchen? If you can’t commit to a full kitchen remodel, there are still many ways to freshen up your favorite space with a mini makeover. There are so many ideas when it comes to giving your kitchen a face-lift, but these are the ones that we see customers get the most success and happiness from. Like a restaurant review service, we have each idea ranked by estimated investment — look for the $$ symbols to get a ballpark for how much each idea could cost you.
From small to big, here are our favorite ways to freshen up:
Cabinet accessories like knobs and pulls are an easy way to add a unique personal touch to cabinetry, and changing your existing knobs is an easy, low-fi way to upgrade that personal touch. Add a modern feel with square-edged pulls or an elegant touch with finely detailed knobs. Design-savvy homeowners find design success in mixing and matching cabinet attachments, too.
Maybe clutter is clogging up your cabinets? Install new storage and organization pieces to calm the chaos. Drawers, doors, sinks, and counters — there are a ton of organizer options to suit your specific needs. Big pain-points for most homeowners are easily fixed with organization tools: spice racks tame the mountain of spices; dish racks to line up pots & pans; or magnetic strips for keep knife sets within reach but out of the way.
Adding a fresh coat of paint or a modern wallpaper is a quick and big way to give a kitchen a fresher feel. Try an accent wall with the popular big floral patterns we’re seeing in wallpaper now, or maybe choose an Earthy paint color that’s trending this year and next. If a new color isn’t necessarily needed, you could also try using some gentle soap and water to scrub away the years.
Maybe your kitchen just feels a little old because it only gets a little light? Evaluate your light situation in your kitchen: how many windows and lighting fixtures do you currently have? If the answer is somewhere along the lines of “not that much”, then explore new options for light. Easy-to-install, under-cabinet lighting can be a quick way to lighten things up, and you won’t even need an electrician.
If you can’t replace the entire cabinet, try refreshing them with a door change. Changing the cabinet face like this can make an existing set feel like new. But one of the biggest trends we see today is homeowners removing doors on showpiece cabinets to showcase flatware or glassware in an artistic way.
This idea is more tedious than pricey, but the results will make it feel like your kitchen got brand-new cabinets. If your cabinets are fine, consider painting your appliances. Did you know it’s possible to add a stainless steel finish to existing appliances? There are several liquid stainless steel options out there. But if stainless steel isn’t your style, then try a modern, glossy glaze to add a pop of color to plain appliances.
If you’re looking for that “new car” feeling in your kitchen, try picking out a new appliance. Ultimately, new hardware will make your kitchen tasks more effective, whether it’s a new dishwasher that cleans quieter or a new double-oven that heats faster. It can be hard to decide when you need a new appliance, especially if the old ones still technically work. But consider how much better/faster/easier things would be with a new technology.
Compared to the other ideas in the list, this one may seem a bit pricey at first. But flooring is a LONG-term change that makes a BIG difference for years upon years. As a leading provider in beautiful, durable, and yet affordable flooring, Cabinets To Go is an expert at helping homeowners with flooring makeovers that don’t break the bank. Consider starting from the ground up in your kitchen refresh: the effect a new floor has on a tired kitchen can be tremendously uplifting.
Freshening up your kitchen will make your kitchen feel like new — a feeling that truly is priceless. The best part about a refresh is that it creates a new space without the commitment to a full remodel (and the price tag that comes with it). Plus, you can also reinvigorate your kitchen vision with these ideas while you plan and save for your dream kitchen remodel.
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