Upgrading Your Kitchen Without a Full Remodel

Upgrading Your Kitchen Without a Full Remodel

Are you struggling to find ways of sprucing up your kitchen without investing in an entire remodel? Don’t despair! It’s perfectly possible to transform your kitchen space without having to invest heaps of time and money in the project. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of tried-and-tested tips for upgrading your kitchen without having to commit to an entire remodel.

1. Paint your cabinets

Painting your cabinets is one of the cheapest ways to give your kitchen a new lease of life. Start by covering each cabinet in a generous layer of primer to ensure your application is as smooth as possible. Then, add at least two coats of your chosen color, allowing layers to dry between each application. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even replace your boring old cabinet handles with much chicer and more ornate designs! There are plenty of attractive options to choose from in most good homeware stores. 

2. Reinstall your cabinets

If you’re willing to do something a little more drastic with your cabinets, why not move them to a different part of the kitchen? Many of us live in poorly arranged kitchens that make cooking much more complicated than it needs to be. If you’re a confident DIY-er, you may be able to rearrange the cabinets by yourself. Alternatively, there’s no shame in calling in the experts and asking them to do the hard work for you!

3. Experiment with lighting

The way you light your kitchen can drastically alter its overall esthetic and atmosphere. If you use the space to entertain guests, why not invest in subtle recessed lighting or under-cabinet LEDs? As well as adding a touch of warmth to your kitchen, such fixtures are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Alternatively, you may wish to add a spotlight or two to the areas where you prepare food. Adding bright lights to functional spaces will prevent serious kitchen accidents and ensure you season your meals to perfection.  

4. Paint the walls

Painting the walls is another fun and budget-friendly way to alter the look and feel of your kitchen. If the room looks a little drab and sterile, why not perk it up with a sultry deep red or a lively yellow? On the other hand, if you want to modernize your kitchen and embrace minimalist esthetic, neutral shades such as beige, gray, cream, or off-white may be more appropriate. Just remember to use a few testers before committing to a color.

5. Replace outdated appliances

There’s no point owning a super-sleek kitchen if none of the appliances works properly! Before you start making over your cabinetry or repainting the walls, we recommend testing all of your appliances and assessing whether you should replace any. If you choose to replace your fridge or oven items, make sure you responsibly dispose of them, as they could represent an environmental hazard.

6. Assess your storage needs

Is cutlery spilling out of your kitchen drawers? Do you have trouble finding space for your latest cooking gadgets? If so, it may be time to assess your storage needs. Increasing your cabinet space is surprisingly easy if you’re willing to add shelving inserts or dividers to your kitchen cabinets. It may also be worth investing in boxes and containers to separate your various types of kitchen hardware. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to donate or recycle any items you don’t have the space.

7. Add some floating shelves

Floating shelves represent a quick and easy way to show off your best glassware or decorative cookbooks. If you have spare wall space and a few basic DIY tools, making your own set of floating shelves is surprisingly easy. Give it a go!

8. Decorate your kitchen with plants

Adding plants to your home is an excellent idea if you want to improve your mental health and add a touch of character to your favorite rooms. Herbs are especially popular in kitchens, as you can use them to add flavor to your favorite dishes. Alternatively, freshly picked flowers can help brighten your mood while you’re cooking.

9. Replace your countertops

Replacing your countertops is a little trickier than the tips mentioned above, so you may need to call in some professional workmen. While it may cost a little more time and money, adding luxurious countertops made of quartz or granite will instantly make your kitchen more desirable.