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7 Easy Upgrades to Transform Your Kitchen

Maureen Harmonay

I take my clients seriously. I take pride in doing a great job, and I love what I do...

I take my clients seriously. I take pride in doing a great job, and I love what I do...

Jan 18 4 minutes read

When dreaming of your ideal kitchen, it can be hard to envision how to implement the changes that will make it just what you've always wanted. Our kitchens are the most visited space in our homes, so you'll want to do your homework before embarking on this remodeling journey.

Here's a list of 7 easy upgrades to help you get started!

Renovating Cabinets

Rather than installing completely new cabinets, painting tarnished or scuffed cabinetry is a cost-effective way to brighten the room. Make sure to scrub the cabinets before you sand and prime, then paint. Taking the added time to complete these steps properly will ensure a beautiful final product. 

Protip: Lighter colored paints can make your kitchen appear larger. 

New Shiny Faucet

There is more to your sink than washing dishes and running water.  A beautiful faucet can take you a step closer to your dream kitchen.  Rather than replacing the entire sink, updating spouts, valves, finishes, and handles can improve the appearance of your sink without breaking the bank. 

Protip: Choose one of the most popular faucets from 2018 and your kitchen will start to sparkle like new.

Knob Revamp

Replace knobs and drawer pulls with classic finishes such as brushed nickel or stainless steel for a “brand new” look. Even the greenest novice is able to replace these with very little difficulty or risk. Hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's offer a variety of choices to suit any taste. If you’re looking for fun colors and designs, check out Hobby Lobby. 

Protip: Make sure to do this last if you plan to repaint your cabinets.

Improved Storage

An out-of-the-box idea that will boost your efficiency in the kitchen to a new level is re-imaginging how you store your food, pots, and appliances.  Pots and pans have long handles that fit perfectly into tall cabinets and pantries or on overhead racks. Store cans , jars, and boxes of food in pullable deep drawers for easy access while cooking. 

Protip: A decluttered kitchen is a simple way to give the room a "new" feel. 

Fresh Paint

Fresh paint is a must-do if you're looking to transform your kitchen.  Why stop at just the cabinets?  Create a focal point in the kitchen by painting the island siding a contrasting color.  While the clean, white look of kitchens continues in popularity, soft shades of gray are also on the rise. 

Protip: Hire a professional to ensure perfection in the finest details. It's cheaper than you may think and well worth it! 

Backsplash Upgrade

If you haven’t replaced your backsplash in more than a decade, chances are it’s too dated. The kitchen backsplash can complement the background or make a bold statement.  If yours looks tired, it’s fairly simple to replace with a little DIY know-how. From classic tile to mosaics or even wood, easy peel-and-stick options abound. 

Protip:  Searching Pinterest for "kitchen backsplash ideas" will provide lots of inspirational options. 

Enhanced Lighting

Lighting is a key feature when you're trying to create an open and inviting space that future buyers will love. If you have pendant lights or lamps, make sure they’re still in style.  Adding under-cabinet lighting is another quick fix that really brightens dark counters and corners. 

Protip:  Invest in internet-capable LED light bulbs that allow lighting to be customized, scheduled, and controlled remotely. 

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