How to Update Your Kitchen in Less Than a Day

Kitchen Updates and Transformations



Kitchen Updates and Transformations

Your kitchen is easily the most important room in your home. Not only do you spend an inordinate amount of time preparing and enjoying food, but during gatherings, guests tend to gravitate toward the kitchen. Plus, if you are planning to sell your home, you likely already know that kitchen updates add the most value to your home, so creating an inviting, attractive space is well worth your time and money.

Fortunately, there are ways to update your kitchen without knocking down walls or ripping out cabinets. In fact, plenty of kitchen updates can be completed in less than a day - and some even less than an hour. Here are a few of the most transformative kitchen updates that take no time at all.

Install New Cabinet Hardware

This is an old tip, but it remains one of the most impactful easy fixes for any room. Many outdated kitchens suffer from a lack of modern-looking hardware, to include cabinet and drawer pulls. An hour or two spent removing any old hardware and installing new, trendier pulls is a good investment of your time. Plus, hardware is a relatively cheap update, depending on where you shop and what you buy. Some of the simplest, fashionable styles can be had for less than $10 per piece, but bigger budgets can experiment with more artistic hardware, perhaps from Anthropologie. You might consider:

  • Flat bar pulls
  • Tab pulls
  • Recessed pulls
  • Wire pulls
  • Tubular bar pulls
  • Cup pulls
  • Hammered handles
  • Metal rings

Generally, any style can be found in one of the three most common kitchen metals: oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel, and polished chrome. Thus, finding the right hardware for your kitchen is as easy as screwing it in.

Buy New Tableware and Cookware

What you cook with influences the style of your kitchen more than you might expect. You always have essential pots, utensils, and plates within reach, which often means they are hanging or sitting within view at all times. Therefore, if your cookware or tableware is outdated, your kitchen will look old and shabby, too. If there is no hope of adding extra cabinet space to hide older accessories from sight, you should consider purchasing updated trimmings to enhance your kitchen. 

When it comes to modernizing your kitchen tools, it is easy to overspend. Therefore, you should strive to splurge on only a few, chic necessities, like a Staub cocotte. Items of which you need many, like flatware and plates, you should acquire from less expensive purveyors - unless your budget allows otherwise. Admittedly, it will likely take more than a day to acquire coordinating cookware and tableware, but because there is no assembly required, the transition feels fast, easy, and fresh.

Decorate with New Small Appliances

Whether because it is more convenient to have constant access or you just don’t have the cabinet space, you probably use the countertop to store your small appliances - your toaster, your blender, your coffee maker, etc. With proper care, these small gadgets can last forever, which means you might be using the same electric mixer you had in college. As with cookware left in the open, appliances can date your kitchen. It’s probably time for an update.

You wouldn’t consider large appliances like your refrigerator or your oven to be decoration, but your small appliances certainly are. By purchasing appliances with certain colors or textures, you can add new visual interest to your outdated space. Plus, if you match your appliances with your cookware and tableware, you will establish a style that masks your kitchen’s age.

Hang New Light Fixtures

Perhaps the most hands-on of the updates on this list, adding new lighting is worth the effort. Different lighting revolutionizes a room, transforming it from a dreary hovel to a cheery space in the flick of a switch. Plus, the style of your light fixtures will modify the overall style of your kitchen, modernizing it in a positive way.

Under-cabinet lighting is especially trendy right now because it brings brightness to the darkest spots in your room. You should also consider installing some recessed lights in your ceiling, which add illumination without affecting design. Then, for statement and style, you can hang a contemporary chandelier over the kitchen table or place sconces strategically along the walls.

If electrical work is beyond you, you can also bring light by modifying the window coverings in your kitchen. Exchanging heavy shutters for sheer draperies is a quick fix for inviting airiness and daylight - and helping your space feel new.

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