Itchin’ to change your kitchen? But honey says there’s not much money, and definitely not enough for a full renovation. Don’t despair, we found some easy, inexpensive ways to revitalize a tired kitchen in just one weekend. You can turn that lackluster room into a dramatic space without much effort and still not break the bank.
1. Transform the Cabinets
Paint your cabinets so they look like new, either by spray painting or using a brush or roller. Laminated cupboards can be re-laminated with wood or vinyl veneers. To add some more style to the room, replace the doors and drawer fronts. You can send them out to be changed, but you’ll need to paint the frames to match the new doors and drawers.
2. Switch Out Cabinetry Hardware
Sometimes all you need to do for a like-new feeling to the room is replace the knobs and pulls with bright, shiny new ones. You can choose something whimsical like beach glass or go modern using hardware with sleek, sharp lines.
3. Replace Appliance Hardware
Can’t afford new appliances, then spiff them up with new knobs for your oven and handles for the dishwasher and refrigerator. You can also change out those pans under your stove’s burners.
4. Convert to Built-In Appliances
If you want to make your kitchen look bigger, you can change some of your appliances to built-ins. You’ve had this option with stoves, ovens and microwaves for many years now, but new to the game are built-in slim refrigerators.
5. Replace the Sink
Instead of altering everything, start with the kitchen sink. Choices include stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces and composites. Then there’s single bowl or double bowl, farmhouse, top mount or undermount. You have a variety of options.
6. Change the Faucet
For a fun and inexpensive modification, get a new fixture. A spray attachment can come in very handy as can a faucet with a built-in soap dispenser. Detachable heads also make washing veggies for meal prep a breeze.
7. Alter the Lighting
A blend of overhead, natural and under-cabinet lighting can make the kitchen glow. You’ll finally be able to see what you’re cooking. You might want to add a dimmer switch to your new lighting for those times when you want the room a little mellower.
8. Paint the Walls
Paint covers a multitude of sins and freshens up even the dullest kitchen. If you choose to only make one change to this room, you should paint it. Definitely opt for a different color than the old one.
9. Add New Décor
To give your kitchen a new farmhouse, rustic or modern look, buy some already-framed prints to hang on the walls or small design touches. Match those with new kitchen towels and potholders as well.
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