The kitchen is an important space and should be one you love–and there are lots of ways you can update it without starting from scratch.
While we all want a gorgeous, custom kitchen, it might not be in the cards for you at the moment. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Here are some ways to update your kitchen, no remodel necessary.
They range in price from minimal to more extensive, but altogether they can transform the look – without actually changing the core of the kitchen.
- Paint the Walls
This is always my go-to way to update any space. A fresh coat of paint can liven up a room and make a huge difference.
- Paint the Cabinets
This is not a quick fix but it can change your entire kitchen if the color of your cabinets doesn’t do it for you. If you have brown cabinets and you paint them a crisp white or a moody dark gray, your kitchen will be transformed. If this seems like too much for you to take on, you can also hire someone to do it for you. (BCP Note: Painted cabinets don’t last forever. The upper cabinets will stay nice, but you might see some nicks at the corners on the bottom cabinets, so expect to have to touch them up after a couple years.)
- Switch out the Cabinet Hardware
This is an easy one. I’ve done it in my own home and I am not handy! All you need is a drill or screwdriver and your new hardware. Just make sure you replace the hardware with new ones that are the same size so you don’t have to drill new holes. (BCP Note: If you have an odd-sized handles, you can get handles that are adjustable!).
- Get a New Faucet
Another hack that can change the whole look of your kitchen. If your faucets have seen better days style-wise, replacing them with a more contemporary option will make a big difference. As well as making washing dishes slightly more enjoyable (if that’s possible).
- Replace the Backsplash
You can either replace it with a tile backsplash in which case, you will most likely need a pro. Or for a more DIY option, you can replace it with a peel-and-stick backsplash. Just keep in mind that this will most likely be a more temporary option. Here and here are some peel-and-stick options.
- New Lighting
The kitchen is the area of your home that would benefit the most from good lighting. Investing in it is a wise choice. Replacing your current lighting and/or adding spots and under-cabinet lighting will definitely make cooking more enjoyable and make your kitchen look better and brighter.
- New Flooring
- New Countertops
Replacing the countertops can also make a huge difference. However, this can get costly. It’s one of the biggest expenses in a new kitchen. You can also change the look of your current countertops by using a countertop paint kit like this one from Giani.