9 Ways to Update Your Kitchen


9 Ways to Update Your Kitchen

Whether you are planning to invest your own sweat equity in a complete kitchen remodel or simply hope to make a few quick changes over the weekend when every penny counts it’s important to choose projects that will make a big impact for the lowest price possible. Stay focused on the results you are after (put on blinders when you walk past those $1,000 light fixtures) and be willing to get paint on your hands and you can certainly achieve beautiful results on any budget.

From paint and hardware to DIY projects and sources for budget materials, these 11 ideas will help you plan your kitchen update,

Swap Out Lighting

Stylish new pendant lights can easily become the new focal point of the room. Some glass pendants are a beautiful, versatile choice that won’t break the bank.

Add New Cabinet and Drawer Hardware

Classic hardware is a worthwhile upgrade, subtly enhancing the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it adds up fast – especially if you have a large kitchen with lots of cabinets.

Upgrade Kitchen Accessories

With limited opportunities for decoration, it’s important to make the most of the little things. Corral frequently used items on a woven tray, prop up a few wooden boards on your counter and display pantry items with pretty packaging.

Repaint Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets have a dated finish or you want a more personal touch than standard-issue white cabinets, think about adding color. Try a pale green or light blue – all versatile choices that go with many different materials and finishes.

Paint Half the Cabinets for a High-Contrast Look

A palette of black and white with wood and metal accents looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. Get the look by painting only the bottom cabinets and the base of your kitchen island black, leaving the upper cabinets white.

Add Sconces

Swing-arm sconces about open shelving provide lovely ambient light and offer more personality than standard recessed or track lighting. Ideally, an electrician would install them with cords hidden, though it may be possible to use plug-in versions with cord covers concealing the dangling cords.

Work In Rustic Elements

Farmhouse accents instantly add warmth and character to a bland kitchen. Replace the kitchen or pantry door with a sliding barn door, hang copper pots from a ceiling rack or bring in a timeworn antique wooden stool.

Add Storage With Simple Shelves

Lacking upper cabinets? Rustic wood shelves on metal brackets are easily (and cheaply) installed, and provide functional display space for everyday dishes.


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