Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in our homes. It’s where messes and memories are made. It’s a room you’ll spend a decent amount of time in, so it’s important you really enjoy the space. If your kitchen has taken some hits over the years and is in need of a facelift, here are six kitchen remodeling ideas that won’t break the bank.
Get new decorations
Artwork is dated. Dish towels are stained. The clock is dusty. It’s time for some new decorations! Adding new pieces to your kitchen can make it feel like a whole new room. To avoid breaking the bank on accents that are temporary, visit stores that offer discounts. Stores such as Homegoods, TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Ross and Hobby Lobby provide quality decorations at a fraction of the price. You can have a lot of fun with this by adding pieces that represent your personality or switching things out season by season. It’s a temporary fix, but it may do the trick until you’re ready for a full kitchen remodel.
Paint the cabinets
Sometimes all your kitchen needs is a quick coat of paint! If your cabinets are outdated but you’re not ready for to put the time and effort into full kitchen remodel, painting your cabinets may do the trick. Before painting, be sure to sand your cabinets so the paint will stick and last longer. Additionally, take the time to find inspiration on popular home websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. Spice up your kitchen with a color that’s “in” right now such as painting your cabinets millennial pink or a mysterious black. Consider stopping by your local paint store and asking a professional about what products to use. They’ll have insights on the best primers and finishes that are specifically manufactured for cabinetry. But of course – swatch the color beforehand! Additionally, adding new kitchen hardware to your cabinets will take them from drab to fab.
Add a backsplash
If you don’t have a backsplash currently, adding one to your kitchen can give it new life. Get creative with the colors, shapes, patterns and the personality of your kitchen will take off. Adding a backsplash will take some additional work if you’re not a handyman yourself. So, if you’re not up for the challenge of remodeling this portion of your kitchen yourself, consider hiring a company or handyman to do it for you.
Create a breakfast nook
The dinner table is for dinner… so where do you eat breakfast? You can make use of an unused corner and turn it into a cozy place to enjoy your morning coffee. Additionally, it may become a multipurpose area where you can work, relax or chat with guests. Keeping the nook close to your coffee maker will provide you with easy access, but don’t forget to make your nook comfy with pillows and a blanket.
Upgrade your appliances
Maybe what’s really dragging you down in your kitchen is your dull and old appliances. They’re not energy efficient, the ice machine doesn’t work and your sink leaks… it’s time for an upgrade! Adding new appliances will give your kitchen an upgraded look and the appearance of a kitchen remodel without tearing down any walls or putting up new cabinets.
Add an island
Adding an island is an alternative to a full kitchen remodel that will take more time, work and money than simply adding new decorations. But it is so worth it in the end! You’ll feel like you have a whole new kitchen! By adding an island, you instantly add more counter space, storage and a potential seating area. However, adding an island is not just for any kitchen or homeowner. First, make sure you have the space for one. Secondly, make sure you have the skills. Lastly, you may need an electric outlet in the island in order to meet code regulations. This project is one that may be better suited for a professional. So carefully weigh your options and skills before diving into this one!
These tips and tricks can help breathe new life into your kitchen. If these small changes to your new home inspires you to do a complete kitchen remodel (or you need a little help with any of these projects along the way) a trusted and reliable contractor can save you some gray hairs and headaches.
If you’re in the Southwest Florida area and are looking for some help on your kitchen remodeling project, contact Varian Construction at (239) 514-0103. Varian Construction is an owner operated company that offers a variety of construction and remodeling services. They are eager to help you transform your kitchen!