Update Your Kitchen: 7 Transformative Projects

Is your kitchen starting to look dated? These 7 easy tips from Domestic CEO will have you refreshed in no time flat!

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #97

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Eventually, every kitchen starts to look a little tired and worn. Does this describe your kitchen? If so, now is the perfect time to embark on a few simple projects that will give your kitchen the boost you’re looking for. Whether you are a diehard DIY-er or you’re new to home ownership and home projects, you can find something from our list that fits your skill level and budget.>

Tip #1: Refresh Your Cabinetscabinets

Have your kitchen cabinets seen better days? Many kitchens date back to the 1980s when oak cabinets were all the rage. With the sleeker, more modern look now in style, oak is taking a back seat in the design world. However, your oak cabinets may still be solid as a rock. While there’s nothing wrong with the function of the cabinets, the look needs a serious update.

If that's the case, you may want to consider painting your cabinets a lustrous white or warm gray hue. Whether you tackle this project yourself or hire a professional, painting your old kitchen cabinets will give your space an amazing facelift, breathing new life into a tired kitchen. You’ll be amazed at the transformation (and how inexpensive it is)! If you want to take on this job yourself, this link from DIY Network will give you step-by-step instructions on painting your cabinets.

Tip #2: Remove Cabinet Doors

A simpler cabinet project that still provides a refreshing change is to remove a few cabinet doors completely.  Next, use either paint or wallpaper to add a pop of color to the back interior wall of that cabinet. Use these shelves to display dishes or beautiful glassware, and be sure to choose a paint color or wallpaper design that fits your décor. You can even use wrapping paper if you want. With this quick project, you can add a pop of color or a touch of whimsy.

Tip #3: Install Open Shelving

open shelvesDo you have an empty wall that needs a little something? Consider installing open shelving to display treasured kitchen items like a recipe collection or your grandma’s antique bowl set. Even mason jars storing your everyday items suddenly become kitchen art when displayed on open shelves. The big box stores like Lowe’s and Target have some fabulous selections of inexpensive shelving. But be sure to use wall anchors when installing your shelves, so your beautiful work doesn’t come tumbling down after a day or two.

Tip #4: Add New Cabinet Hardware

Adding hardware to cabinets and drawers is like completing your outfit with just the right jewelry. You can take your cabinets from plain and simple to beautiful and stunning by adding decorative knobs or drawer pulls. There are so many finishes and styles of hardware to choose from, so I suggest beginning your search for the perfect accents on the Internet. It's a great source for inexpensive cabinet hardware. I purchased all the knobs and drawer pulls for my kitchen for under $100! You can tackle this project yourself with a drill and some precise measuring, or hire someone to do it for you.


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