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7 Easy Upgrades to Transform Your Kitchen

Will Stein

As a child, Will Stein was moved to a new home and enrolled in a new school every year, as his parents looked to escape debt and inch their way to pro...

As a child, Will Stein was moved to a new home and enrolled in a new school every year, as his parents looked to escape debt and inch their way to pro...

Jan 21 5 minutes read

When dreaming of your perfect kitchen, it can be hard to decide what changes need to happen in order to make it the perfect space for you. The kitchen is the most visited space in the house, so you want to make sure you're prepared before embarking on this remodeling journey.

There are many changes you can make when the time comes so we created a list to help you get started. Here are 7 easy upgrades to consider to bring your dream kitchen to fruition.

Renovating Cabinets

Instead of installing new cabinets, painting your tarnished or scuffed cabinets is a cost-effective way to brighten the room. Make sure to scrub the cabinets before you sand and prime them, then paint them afterward. Though it's cost-effective, taking the time to do the proper steps will ensure the final product is beautiful. 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, update the spouts, valves, finishes, and handles. This 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. Anyone can replace these with very little difficulty or risk. Hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's carry a variety of all sorts. If you’re looking for fun colors and designs check out Hobby Lobby. Protip: Make sure to do this lastly if you plan to repaint your cabinets.

Store Efficiently

An idea that will take your efficiency in the kitchen to a whole new level is changing how you store your food, pots, and appliances. Pots and pans have long handles so they fit perfectly into tall cabinets and pantries or on overhead racks. Store your food in the pullable deep drawers for easy access while cooking. Protip: Storing kitchen items efficiently will declutter the room and a decluttered kitchen is a simple way to give the room a "new" feel.

Fresh Paint

Applying fresh paint is a must 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 with 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 probably think and it's worth it!

Backsplash Upgrade

If you haven’t replaced your backsplash in more than a decade, chances are it’s outdated. The kitchen backsplash can compliment the background or make a bold statement. If yours is outdated, 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 a plethora of options to inspire you.

Improved Lighting

Lighting is a key feature in creating an open and inviting space that future buyers will love. If you have pendant lights or lamps, make sure they’re still in style. If not, invest in modern lighting fixtures that'll appeal to today’s housing market. Adding under cabinet lighting is another quick fix you can make to improve your kitchen’s lighting. It’s relatively inexpensive and will brighten up your counter space. Protip: Invest in smart bulbs, which are internet-capable LED light bulbs that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely.

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