The kitchen is an area of the home that we spend most of our time in. Whether it is cooking dinner or kids doing homework after school, the kitchen is a place of gathering. With so much time spent in the kitchen, regular updates may be necessary to keep it interesting and looking fresh.
There are some simple DIY projects you can do to refresh your kitchen if it has been feeling a little drag lately. The projects do not have to be elaborate to get your kitchen looking brand new.
1. Paint Cabinets and Hardware
Cabinets in a kitchen are some of the most attention grabbing features in the kitchen. Updating cabinets can instantly improve the aesthetics of the entire kitchen space. For a simple DIY project, repaint the cabinets. You can choose a new color to switch up the vibe of the room, or you can apply a fresh coat of the current color to revive the cabinets. Be sure to do the proper preparations necessary to apply the paint in the most effective way.
Along with painting the cabinets, you can replace or paint old hardware. The hardware on cabinets wears and tears over time due to the frequency of use, which means that they need upgrades more often. A simple switch of hardware style can make your kitchen more modern and elegant. You can also easily remove the hardware from the cabinet and spray paint them a new color. Once the hardware dries you can reinstall them and enjoy a fresh look to refresh your kitchen.
2. Add Puck Lights Under Upper Cabinets
The area under cabinet shelves can be susceptible to many shadows and dark lighting. Even during the day when there is natural light entering the kitchen, the area between the cabinets and countertop can be dark and dreary. A quick fix for this problem is to install puck lights under upper cabinets. All you have to do is buy the puck lights, position them where you want them, and stick them to the cabinets. The addition of puck lights is an effective way to add brightness and style to your kitchen.
3. Add Containers for Pantry Food
Is your pantry in need of some attention? Pantries can quickly become a disorganized area of the kitchen due to the many boxes and bags of food and ingredients that can pile up in them. A way to preserve food and improve the appearance of the kitchen is to put any food or ingredients from opened bags into airtight containers. There are many styles of containers to choose from that can fit your design preference. A common choice for homeowners is to use clear containers and then add labels to the outside of them.
4. Install Temporary Backsplash
Backsplashes can instantly improve the appearance of the kitchen and give it new life. Fortunately, there is an easy way to install backsplash through peel-and-stick backsplash. This is an especially great option for renters who want to make the area their own without doing anything permanent. Even if you own your home, peel-and-stick backsplash is an inexpensive option compared to the price of traditional backsplash applications. The great thing about peel-and-stick backsplash is that there are so many options to choose from, and you can switch it out easily when you are ready for a new design.
5. Stain Wood Cabinets to Refresh Your Kitchen
An alternative to painting cabinets is to stain cabinets if they are wood. Wood tends to dry out and start to look bland after some time, but a simple staining can quickly revive your cabinets. Simply clean the surface and remove hardware, sand any uneven surfaces, and apply the stain. Allow the stain to dry thoroughly before touching it again to allow a smooth finish.
If you have a wood table and chairs you can also stain those to refresh your kitchen and dining area. A fresh coat of stain can get your kitchen looking refined and upgraded.
6. Replace Old Accessories
Hand Towels: Replace old or worn hand towels with new, coordinating ones that match your kitchen’s color scheme and style.
Plants: Add fresh potted plants or succulents to bring a touch of nature into your kitchen. Consider herbs plants on the windowsill for a functional and decorative element.
Art on Walls: Update or add new artwork or wall decor to give your kitchen a fresh look. This could include paintings, framed prints, or decorative wall decals.
Flower Vases: Upgrade your flower vases to more stylish or modern options. Fresh flowers can add a pop of color and elegance to your kitchen.