1 – Space Out With A Cabinet Or Island
If you’re looking to expand your kitchen but don’t have the funds or floor space, adding an island or cabinet can help. They are both alternatives to adding additional counterspace.
This could act as a large island that has plenty of space for your pots, pans, or cooking utensils next to the stove. You might also want to consider a wall-mounted kitchen appliance station. It’ll provide you with more counter space since it’ll store your appliances in one place.
While custom kitchen cabinets can be expensive, if you need a cool change, you might try ordering custom furniture and home items from a retailer like Ikea. They have islands that look pretty decent in many of their stores. Of course this is only for the daring, as you will be making them yourself!
2 – Why Not Try A Fresh Countertop?
Countertops are an important part of your kitchen design. When you replace them, you want one that is long lasting, aesthetically pleasing & functional. But don’t fret – this can absolutely be done on a budget!
Counters come in different types and can vary in price depending on the quality of material. You’ll be able to find one that fits your budget and needs but still has the durability & appearance you want – whether wood, or granite or even stainless steel.
If you can’t afford new counters, there is always a cost effective option – our hot tip is to just paint them with a special benchtop paint. These are becoming increasingly common, which is great news because they’re now readily available at your local hardware store and in a range of different colours.
3 – Add a Coat of New Paint To Your Window Frames
Did you know how much lighter and brighter your kitchen could look by just adding a little bit of fresh paint? If you’re tired of looking at your old & outdated kitchen, then consider painting the window frames to give the place a fresh new look. You can paint them in white or in any other complementary color!
Best part is that you generally don’t need much paint – this little hack is great value-for-money!
4 – Clean up your old cabinets with a little new paint!
While you’re in the painting mood – why not take your skills to your existing cabinets? You can update your kitchen by painting your cabinets. It’s a great way to make it look brighter and give you a fresh start on designing it to suit your needs.
Easiest way to do it:
- Wipe down the cabinets –
Before you paint, make sure to clean your cabinets off. You don’t want any dirt or dust getting in the way of a nice, even coat of paint. We suggest using a sugar soap since it does such a good job at getting rid of germs and grime.
- Make sure you prep! –
Painting preparation is very important – so make sure you sand and then wipe down your cabinets. You can start with a lower grit and gradually increase it until the surface is smooth.
- Use an undercoat –
A good coat of primer is crucial before starting on your paintings. It will make the painting faster & easier and it will provide some protection for the layers you apply over it later. That is especially true of enamel paint which can get more scuffs when they scrape off under friction or stress.
- Get painting –
When it comes to picking colors for your kitchen cabinets, one way people make this decision is to look at different paint charts or visit a store and request a color chip. You can also browse Pinterest or pick up some home-renovation magazines for ideas!
And there you have it! Four super quick and affordable ways to update your kitchen in an instant!