During these winter months, when you cannot go outside and work on your home’s exterior or plant in the garden, you can nevertheless make use of your time inside, especially in the kitchen. Perhaps your faded kitchen needs a new and creative touch. Many homeowners don’t even like to spend time in the kitchen because it’s so gloomy, but they have limited time and finances to make improvements. Fortunately, kitchen renovations do not have to drain your budget, take a lot of time, or create a total upheaval in your kitchen. Try one or all of the following tips for a quick kitchen renewal.
1. Try Painting
Paint works wonders on everything. A dull room can be transformed into a vibrant, clean atmosphere with just a few strokes of a brush and a gallon of paint. If your old wood-tone cabinets fail to catch your eye, try spray-painting them with a very glossy white or hand-painting them with an oil-based paint in creamy white. For only a few dollars, you can paint your cabinetry, creating a dramatic improvement very quickly. After painting the cabinets, repaint the walls with a latex, satin enamel in a soft sheen or with no sheen. Use another color to contrast your new-looking cabinets.
2. Replace Pulls, Hinges, and Knobs
New hardware can give even the worst cabinetry a handsome new look. Consider vintage hardware for a unique décor. Expensive pulls can totally change the look and feel of your kitchen.
3. Remove a Few Doors
Examine your kitchen cabinets and consider which doors could be removed to expose the shelving within. Open shelving not only makes a room look larger, but also displays your favorite dishes, cookbooks, glasses, or anything else. This is an easy way to create an impressive new look for your kitchen. Take this idea one step further by painting the inside of your newly exposed shelving. You can use the same color as the cabinets for consistency, or a bright, complementary color to create a contrast.
4. Replace Solid Doors with Glass Fronts
By replacing solid cupboard doors with glass fronts, you open up the room and have an opportunity to display dishes, glassware, silver, or anything else. The glass can be clear or frosted. With a slightly larger investment, you can get vintage doors that are mastered to fit. You can also hang a sheer fabric behind the glass fronts. If you’re already considering removing a few doors to open up shelving, glass fronts can be a beautiful complement.
5. Change the Lighting
Wire Suspension Lights: Make any space look contemporary and new. Track Lights: Brighten up any kitchen. Paper Lanterns: Add life, character, and originality. Halogen Bulbs: Make a box or rectangle of lights to make a small kitchen feel larger.
6. Tile a Countertop
Tiling your countertops is a great way to get new countertops in just one day. If you have a small kitchen, this project brings added benefits, since you can opt for a more expensive tile and still not have to pay a lot of money, because there won’t be much surface area to cover.
7. Replace the Flooring
Changing your old flooring does not have to be difficult or expensive. Today there are countless patterned, self-stick tiles that can be laid quickly and easily. Another alternative is to paint the floor black or another dark color. Then tie in the wall or cabinet color by using a ragging or faux finish over the dark color.
8. Finish the New Look with Faucets
You will be amazed to see how much of a difference a new faucet can make in your kitchen. The small amount of money you put into a new faucet and pull-out spray can make your kitchen sing with new style.
9. Add a Reflection
One of the easiest and best ways to make a space feel larger without expanding the room is to add a framed mirror at the end of a galley kitchen. This adds dimension to the room. Plus, the mirror reflects already existing light, which will brighten up your kitchen.
10. Change the Window Treatment
Curtains fade and, over time, begin to feel like furniture or part of the wall. We forget that changing them can easily upgrade the feel and look of the room. A matchstick blind cut to size can add texture and light control.