Let’s face it – kitchens are usually the very last rooms that get our attention when it comes to redecorating; and it’s not hard to understand why. Kitchen redecorating can be expensive, complicated, and more confusing than it is to redecorate a bathroom or living room. But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are tons of quick, easy, and inexpensive redesign projects you can do to turn your 1980s throwback kitchen into a fabulous new space your whole family can enjoy.
Update those Tired Cabinets
Cabinets are wildly expensive, complicated to install, and difficult to replace. If your cabinets were installed in your kitchen when President Lincoln was still in office, there’s a good chance you’re due for an upgrade; but this doesn’t have to result in you replacing your cabinets with entirely new ones. Most homeowners are shocked to learn just how easy it can be to update your existing kitchen cabinetry with a stylish new look.
If your cabinets are painted, sand them down and decide how you can refinish them to create a new look. A stylish but modern trend that is on the rise is to use glitter paint as a secondary or accent color. If your cabinets have an inlay where you think a secondary color would add some spark to your kitchen, this is a very simple way to add some spark to your space.
You’ll also want to evaluate your drawer pulls and handles – the accessories of your cabinets – and decide whether you like them or not, and if they’ll fit with the painting or staining you choose to do. While these components go out of style relatively quickly, they’re not too expensive, and are simple to replace. With a screwdriver and five minutes of your time, you’ll be able to exchange all of your cabinet accessories and then have time for the next step!
Pep Up your Paint
Unlike other rooms of your home, there’s typically little visible wall space visible in most kitchens. Think about it, between the refrigerator and freezer, appliances and all of your cabinets, do you have even one wall that is completely exposed in the kitchen?
With this in mind, it’s quick and easy to paint your kitchen walls a new color – with a little bit of research, you can pull off a professional job yourself – and you can usually cover your kitchen walls with just a few quarts of paint. If you have a particularly small amount of wall space to work with, don’t be afraid to use bright, fun colors that could potentially overwhelm in a larger space. Rich yellows, rusty reds, and vibrant greens are wonderful choices that will make your kitchen “pop” despite the little amount of paint the job will require.
Spruce Up the Floor
Quality flooring can be expensive, and let’s face it, we’re not going to redo our hardwood floors unless it’s an absolute must. You can sometimes find vinyl tiles quite inexpensively, but unless you land the deal of a lifetime, you’re most likely going to be installing a sub-par product that you’ll only have to redo again in a year or two. So, does that mean you can’t upgrade your kitchen floor without a significant investment? Fortunately, this is not the case.
Kitchen rugs are an increasingly popular item, and are perfect for masking your tired or outdated flooring with something new that catches your eye. Choose a style that goes with your existing décor, or go bold and grab a rug that fits with your new cabinetry. But it isn’t necessary that you look for rugs that are advertised as kitchen rugs. In the right space, an elegant Persian or Oriental rug can breathe new life into your kitchen.
Count on Your Counters
It’s no secret that marble counter tops are expensive; but this kitchen status symbol is as expensive is it is impractical. Marble is a relatively soft stone, cracks easily, and absorbs stains and odors if improperly sealed. For these reasons, it’s also a deeply frustrating counter top material. But this doesn’t mean you should discount a new counter top in exchange for your 1980s Formica counter tops.
When it comes to counters, there are plenty of natural and alternative material options available that will give your kitchen the new look you’re striving for without breaking the bank. Butcher block is stylish and makes for easy food prep. Stainless steel is another great option, as these materials are inexpensive and practical. But if your heart is set on a stone counter top, consider stone tiles instead of large sheets. This will provide you right look for just a fraction of the price of large stone sheets.
There are hundreds of ways you could transform your kitchen into the focal point of your home, and these few ways are a great start. Take some time to sit down and discuss your vision with your family, and brainstorm ways you can redesign your kitchen into the fabulous room it’s meant to be. The end result will be well worth the time, money and effort you put into your kitchen.
Rachael Jones is a blogger for DIYMother, where women aren’t afraid to use power tools in a dress.