10 Easy Kitchen Upgrades
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You don’t have to break your budget to make a huge difference in your kitchen’s aesthetics. All you need is a DIY makeover, incorporating some—or all—of the following 10 ideas.
- Swap out drawer pulls. Changing cabinet hardware is one of the easiest ways to rejuvenate your kitchen. You’ll find lots of styles and finishes to choose from, whether you want a traditional look or something more contemporary.
- Paint your cabinets. Paint can work wonders on cabinets that are still in good working condition but that simply look outdated. You can usually paint wood and wood-laminate cabinets without running into issues—but if you’re unsure if your cabinet material is going to accept a topcoat of paint, check with your local paint store before starting your project.
- Upgrade your faucet. When it comes to upgrading your kitchen faucet, the easiest way to do it is to replace your current setup with a new on that uses the same number of faucet and accessory holes. After that, your decision-list includes things such as finishes, handle styles and whether or not you want a pull-down or pull-out sprayer.
- Install under-cabinet lighting. Once you install under-cabinet lighting, you’ll wonder how you ever prepped meals without it. It’s so much easier to read recipes and see what you’re doing with countertops that are properly illuminated. (Under-cabinet lighting is also great for showing off a decorative backsplash.) You can choose from strip, puck or bar lights.
- Use a pot rack. Running out of cabinet space? Consider a pot rack for pots, pans and large utensils. While ceiling-mounted racks are popular, you might also think about a wall-mounted rack. Just make sure that whatever you use is mounted properly and can withstand the weight of your pots.
- Add a rug runner. A runner serves double duty—it helps cushion your feet as well as adds warmth to your kitchen. To keep it looking its best, choose a runner that’s machine washable or that’s designed for outdoor use (so that you can hose it off).
- Hang open shelves. If you have the space, hanging open (also called “floating”) shelves is a great solution for breaking up the look of heavy cabinetry. Use open shelves to store essentials like plates and bowls, or for decorative pieces, like pottery.
- Add a backsplash. A backsplash packs a lot of style per square inch. And you have a lot of options when it comes to a DIY backsplash, from individual tile and sheets of mosaic tile, to beadboard and peel-and-stick wallpaper or vinyl.
- Remove cabinet doors. Convert some closed upper cabinets to open shelving by removing the cabinet doors. Then jazz up the interiors with a paint color that pops.
- Add drawer dividers. Neater drawers mean less time digging around for your go-to spatula. Drawer dividers help you corral everything from utensils to kitchen tools, cutting the clutter, so you can easily find what you need.
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