The kitchen may be the hardest-working room in the house, so it runs the risk of looking overworked. Give your kitchen fresh appeal with these quick and easy updates, including solutions for your windows, floor, pantry, and more!
Remove upper cabinet doors to give a narrow kitchen a sense of openness. Then set off the revealed shelves with a decorative treatment. To do so, remove cabinet doors and fill in holes with wood filler. Sand until smooth, and paint or stain as desired. Apply your desired treatment to the inside after priming the interior walls.
Greet guests, make a menu, or jot down a grocery list with a DIY chalkboard. Simply prime a piece of fiberboard before coating with chalkboard paint. For a fancy finish, place the board in a large photo frame. Update with the seasons and for special occasions.
A new coat of paint is a cost-effective way to make your kitchen spaces feel more expansive and imbue them with freshness and cleanliness. If you don't want to paint the entire room, consider painting just a section of cabinets. For instance, painting three or four cabinets on a short run will create the illusion of a built-in hutch. Or create variation by painting the lower and upper cabinets contrasting colors.
Make the most of a refurbished dresser or sofa table by converting it into a storage-friendly island. Remove the drawers and paint the piece a splashy color before filling with baskets and various utensils. Casters allow the island to be moved around the kitchen as needed.
The sink area is on of the most hardworking kitchen spaces, and faucets get an especially hard workout from daily use. Because of its constant use, an updated faucet would provide an immediately noticeable kitchen improvement. In addition to being practical, kitchen fixtures add style and enhance the overall design.
Even the most lackluster space can be energized with a vibrant color. Paint the walls, cabinets, or island a lively hue, like this fun shade of chartreuse. Re-cover chairs or stools with a bright pattern fabric. Hang new curtains in a can't-miss-it shade and pattern.
The right window treatment can transform a flawed kitchen space into a place that reflects your style and your sense of beauty. Highlight your kitchen's best qualities with a fresh window treatment. Because kitchen curtains need to be replaced more often than those in other rooms of your home, opt for blinds or curtains that are easy to remove.
Whether you prefer vintage glass shades or tiny modern bulbs, pendant lights are a popular ceiling fixture for the kitchen. Place the lights over an island or countertop where low-hanging fixtures won't interfere with traffic flow. Don't be afraid to go bold -- these unique industrial lights add interest to an otherwise casual kitchen.
Think of hardware as kitchen jewelry -- add new metal or glass knobs for an easy kitchen cabinet update. If you're using metal hardware, choose one finish for the scheme. Be sure to count the number of doorknobs, handles, or drawer pulls before heading out to stores, garage sales, or flea markets. And if the new hardware doesn't fit the old holes, simply buy some backplates to cover the gaps and then drill new holes.
Don't install new cabinet pulls or handles until you've watched our tips for prepping cabinetry.
Add architectural interest to your walls with molding, beadboard, or wainscoting. For wainscoting, add an extra-deep baseboard or beef up the existing baseboard so it's at least 3/4-inch thick at the top. Then nail 1x3 boards vertically around the room, spaced 8 inches on center and butting the baseboard. Top the vertical 1x3 boards with a new piece of molding.
Give cabinetry a furniture look with purchased bun feet. You can find a big selection of feet about 4 inches tall at most home improvement stores and Web sites. This once-ordinary kitchen island was transformed with corbels, beaded-board paneling, turned legs, and a fresh coat of country-blue paint.
Turn a kitchen closet into a pantry by removing the door and painting the interior. This closet is loaded with shelves of varying heights to accommodate tall cereal boxes and canned goods. Hang pantry doors and add pegs, hooks, and corkboard on the backs of the doors to hold shopping lists or coupons.
Fabric helps soften a kitchen's lines, adding a cozy touch that harder surfaces can't offer. Fabric panels behind glass-front upper cabinets add personality and hide clutter. Cloth skirts attached to a countertop are a fast, easy way to conceal unattractive lower cabinets.
Here, a gauzy off-white fabric skirts the built-in buffet, suggesting cottage flair while keeping kitchen items out of sight. To achieve this look, simply remove lower cabinet doors, gather fabric on a tension rod, and mount the rod to the cabinet frame.