“Home is where the heart is” and the heart of your home is the kitchen. As the setting for many of life’s most treasured moments, this room has served you well over the years, but it has grown tired. Yes, this “heart” is greatly in need of C.P.R.–a cheap and painless renovation.
Thankfully, there are many ways to breathe new life into your tired cooking space without breaking a sweat or the bank.
Walls. It is amazing what a huge impact a simple brush and a bucket of paint can have on a weary space. While painting the walls can spruce up the area in a hurry, you may not want to put your brush away yet. Your cabinets await.
Cabinets. Painting outdated cabinetry can give you a huge bang for your buck. In fact, “Easy, Low-Budget Ways to Improve Any Kitchen” recommends opting for a coat of basic white as this hue works well with all types of design styles from rustic to modern. Plus, it enables you to accessorize in any color at all.
Floor. While you have your painting tools out, you can also transform worn out wooden floors by giving them a lick of white, light grey, or soft blue paint as well.
Grab Some Grout
Nothing adds pizzazz to a drab kitchen space faster than a backsplash. Available in a plethora of shades, sizes, and finishes, this is a great way to showcase your personality without forking over a fortune.
Style at Home agrees, adding that because most backsplashes do not require a large number of tiles, you can splurge on fancy ones, add a mix of high-end and plain ones, or create a focal point with mosaics, mirror tiles, or other decorative options.
And, in case you have an aversion to working with grout, you can even opt for a peel-and-stick style.
Grab a Screwdriver
Old-fashioned or grungy pulls and knobs can make decent cabinets look tired and dated. By opting for a classic or modern style with clean lines, you can upgrade your kitchen’s look with very little effort.
This Old House utters valuable words of advice–before making a purchase, ensure that your new choice will fit in your existing hardware’s holes. And, before heading to the store, count how many pulls and knobs you will need and calculate your budgeted price per unit.
Grab a Ladder
Stylish light fixtures not only provide illumination, but they make fabulous accent pieces. Whether you opt for pendant, rope, or pot lighting, this can be a cost-effective way to spruce up a pace and create ambience.
Grab a Level
You can add interest and storage space to your kitchen by simply adding a few shelves. Whether you wish to showcase your favorite dishes, your cookbook collection, or a host of culinary antiques, this easy-to-install and gentle-on-the-pocketbook storage solution can add some personal flare. Better Homes and Gardens, however, recommends sticking with open shelves in a small kitchen space to keep it feeling open and airy.
Yes, your kitchen about more than just the production and consumption of food. It is the social hub, the bonding place, and, likely, your family’s favorite room in the house. And, you can reward this cherished space with a new and glamorous look without bending your back or your budget.
What color is your kitchen decor?