Easy Ways to Change an Old Kitchen into a New One

Written by  //  September 9, 2013  //  Kitchen  //  Comments Off on Easy Ways to Change an Old Kitchen into a New One

Tired of your old kitchen? Even if you don’t have the time or cash to completely redo your kitchen, there are some easy ways to make it feel brand new. Many of these methods you can handle yourself.

Unless you’re ready to design and rebuild your kitchen with the help of a company like Baywest Home Builders, you’ll need to roll up your sleeves and get ready for some DIY.

Update Your Cupboards

Handles can make ordinary cupboards look dated and tired. Switching to brass or crystal pulls can drastically change the look of your kitchen without any further changes.

You can also paint your cupboards to give them a whole new look. Make plain wooden cupboards more modern by painting them glossy white. Paint can change the entire kitchen and it will only take a day or two of your time.

Another option is to cut out the center panel of the upper cupboard doors and replace them with another material. Try beaten copper, frosted glass or bamboo, depending on the look you want.

Get New Appliances

One of the biggest frustrations in an older kitchen is the stove or fridge. Not only can these look ugly and worn out, the appliances often use too much energy. While it is an expense to replace your stove and refrigerator, it will make your kitchen easier to use.

Opt for stainless steel appliances for ease of cleaning. The metal finish looks clean and professional and works in nearly every type of kitchen. Replacing appliances is one of the simplest methods of updating a kitchen.

Change Up the Lighting

Just replacing the lighting fixtures can change the feel of a room. If your kitchen is on the dim side, consider installing puck lights under the upper cupboards. These lights will provide you with plenty of illumination along the counters. It is easier to cook if you can see what you’re doing.

Other options include LED under counter lights or strip lighting. Check these out at the hardware store to see which option you prefer. There are several choices that will have your kitchen feeling brighter in no time.
Installing lights may require the help of an electrician, but it is usually a one day job. You can easily modernize your space with just a handful of lights.

Increase Functionality

A few simple changes can make a kitchen much more functional. For example, if you don’t have many upper cupboards, consider adding shelves. These are very simple to put up with brackets and boards and will give you more space for storage.

A kitchen cart is small, yet it adds more counter space to a cramped work area. It is also portable and has storage underneath. This allows you to keep dishes or condiments handy while you slice and dice on top of the cart. Wheel it outside for a picnic or use it as extra table space during holiday dinners.

None of these ideas are very difficult to implement and you could easily transform your kitchen in a weekend.

Diane Clarkson has extensive experience in property renovations. Her articles appear in homeowner blogs where she enjoys sharing her ideas.

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