When you think "kitchen renovation," you probably think of expensive updates and appliances that break the bank. Refreshing your cooking space does not have to be a draining experience for you or your wallet. Check out these five simple yet effective ways you can breathe new life into an old kitchen.
1. Add some art
Chances are you spent plenty of time trying to pick out the perfect paintings to complete your living room, but did you add a creative touch to your kitchen? The Huffington Post notes that adding art to your walls is an easy way to take this room from functional to fabulous. Try selecting prints with a food theme or use it as an opportunity to display your children's artwork in a fresh way. Take it off the fridge and put it in nice frames for a wall display.
2. Paint your cabinets
The easiest way to make something old feel new again is to add a fresh coat of paint. This option is great for people who are tired of their current design but do not want to commit to an expensive remodel. This Old House recommends first using a strong cleaner to get rid of any dirt or residue that may be stuck to the surface of the cabinets. Next, prime and paint the wood with the color of your choice. Not only is this a cheap way to improve the appearance of your kitchen, but it is also fast. This Old House notes that this entire process can be done in a weekend.
3. Replace hardware
Spruce up your drawers and cabinets even further by adding new pulls and handles. You can find a wide variety of these very cheaply at most home renovation stores. The Huffington Post suggests stepping outside your comfort zone and installing some unique choices to liven up your space. Try choosing a few different coordinating pieces of hardware and mix and match them throughout the room.
4. Get organized
Most likely, some of what is driving you crazy is the way your kitchen is set up. An easy way make your space look better is to organize your belongings in neat, aesthetically pleasing ways. Use glass jars to hold grains, salt, sugar and pasta. You will not have to worry about messy packages piling up in your pantry – instead, keep them in order and use them to add decorative charm, noted The Huffington Post. Purchase holders for various utensils, like knives. You will know where they are at all times, and your drawers will be free of annoying clutter.
5. Upgrade small appliances
Doing inexpensive updates to small pieces can make all the difference. There is no need to replace the refrigerator because you are sick of previous design choices, but buying a new countertop mixer in a bright color can add a fresh pop to the space. Try getting new coffee makers, electric fans or dish ware to liven up the room without spending too much cash.
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