We as a society are always looking for ways to improve what it is that we already have. Take our homes for example; bathrooms, bedrooms, even our yards – there’s always something that can be made better than it already is. Speaking of the kitchen, we spend quite a bit of every day in there so after a while it makes sense that you either; A) things get worn down or B) you just want a change.
This change can be as simple as getting new appliances, new furniture, or even a brand new paint job. No matter what it is that you decide, you can always find simple and affordable ways to revitalize your old kitchen with a bit of ingenuity and elbow grease. If you guys are still with me so far, then keep on reading and I can show you a few simple (and maybe not so simple) ways that you can renew the entire space!
Try Getting New Pulls and Handles
This first one is one of the relatively simple ways that you can try to update your kitchen’s look. Swapping out your old cabinet hardware can surprisingly add a whole new look to the entire room and there a huge variety of options that you can choose from. There’s the choice of pulls, knobs, crystal, glass, brass, nickel; there’s just about something for even the most pick of us. You might want to be careful about things that are too personal or…cute, though. They can be a lot of fun, but can also get real old, real quick.
Painting Your Cabinets Is Also An Option
If you’re fine with your pulls and/or handles but still feel like your cabinets still just absolutely suck; maybe the issue is the current paint job. Let’s say that your cabinets have been their same boring, drab white color for about an eternity (or at least for as long as you’ve had your house) now and you just want it to go away. You’d be absolutely surprised what a new coat paint can accomplish. This is, in particular, an excellent way to breath life into your old kitchen if you don’t have the time or funds for a complete renovation.
Actually, while we’re on the subject of painting your cabinets, you may want to consider doing this to your entire kitchen. A wholesale pallet swap can really bring out the best in the entire space and make it seem like you’ve stepped into a brand new yet familiar space. A handy tip for repainting your kitchen would be to stick with a gray-scale pallet. It goes well with kitchen spaces regardless of the layout and decorations. It’s not something that you have to do, mind you, but it’s just some friendly advice.
Get More Storage
Let’s be real. No matter how much storage came with the kitchen, there’s always the need for more. Maybe you’ve started a family during the time you’ve been living in your home. Perhaps those goblins that always steal things like bowl lids and socks came, ate a bowl, and for some reason, you went out and bought a whole new set of bowls. Whatever. Doesn’t matter, the point is, you need more space.
This is probably the easiest change on the list to make because it doesn’t necessarily need to involve you buying anything. It’s just a matter of you maximizing your existing cupboard space by reorganizing what you’ve already got.
Make Sure All Your Appliances Are Up-To-Date and Clean
You can make some of the best meal ever on a simple stove but just imagine how much easier it’d be in a kitchen that’s decked out with some of the best, high-end appliances. Maybe you’re currently in a situation where you just don’t have enough appliances to operate at your best. Or worse yet, you’ve got a bunch of broken junk that just barely does what they’re supposed to do. Perhaps you just really want better appliances.
Regardless of what category you fall under, treat yourself to some new appliances. It can be pretty pricey depending on what it is you need or just plain want sure but when your kitchen is at it’s best, so is the cook. Not only can this modernize your kitchen, but it can also make it easier to make meals too.
Be sure to take care of your investment by keeping your appliances clean on a regular basis. If you don’t have the time you can always hire a professional house cleaner to help you with this.
Get New/Better Lighting
Having good light in your kitchen is imperative. This is not negotiable. Stumbling around in semi-darkness like some kind of drunken sun-fearing hermit makes it hard to…anything, really. You won’t be able to cook very effectively and on top of that, you can end up putting yourself in danger what with all the sharp and boiling hot thing that cooking tends to involve. You don’t have to light up the whole space like the surface of the sun or anything, just make sure you hit the stove and counter tops. Your fingers will surely thank you.
Update Your Electrical Connections
Kitchens are weird in that they tend to have electrical outlets near places that tend to get wet pretty often. This isn’t really anyone’s immediate concern when cooking, but the risk of getting shocked is still present.
To minimize the risk of getting a nasty shock, you might want to consider getting GFCI receptacles to replace your regular sockets. Unlike everything else on this list, this doesn’t really lend to your kitchen’s aesthetics, however, it can serve to make the space safer. GFCI receptacles are able to prevent electrical shocks by automatically cutting power if so much as a drop of water is nearby
What I’m hoping you’ve taken away from this article is that our kitchen can always stand to be improved. I’m saying your kitchen sucks or that it needs the face-lift. I’m just saying that there’s nothing wrong with wanting to do so and that there are plenty of ways to do it. The kitchen is the room in which you make your meals and get together with your family and friends. It deserves to be at it’s best and you deserve that too. If you really want to bring out the best in your kitchen then try some of the tips above, you can’t really go wrong if you do and don’t forget a deep cleaning to top it all off. Just choose from any of our Houston area locations.