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

Tip #5: Add Chalkboards

Chalkboards and chalkboard prints are really popular right now. You can add a bit of this creative touch to your kitchen for a small amount of cash. Here are two ideas for you to get started: Do you have a kitchen island or an end of your cabinets that is justchalkboards boring and lackluster? Why not paint just that end section with chalkboard paint. This will work on a lower cabinet or upper cabinet, whichever you choose. Then it’s time to draw a sweet design on your new chalkboard.

Check out the Moxie Girl Pinterest board of typography for chalkboards for some inspiration. If painting on your cabinet is too big of a commitment, search your local thrift store for an old silver platter. You can paint the edges a coordinating color that matches with your kitchen or simply leave them silver. Then paint the interior portion of the tray with chalkboard paint. Use a hot glue gun to attach some twine, rope, or ribbon to the back of your tray to use as the hanger. And now you're all set! Hang your cute chalkboard on a kitchen wall or at the end of your cabinets.

Tip #6: Update Your Backsplash

Is the wall space between your kitchen counters and your upper cabinets bare and boring? Have you thought about adding a backsplash? One of my friends recently completed this in her kitchen, and I was floored with not only what a huge impact it made on the look of her kitchen, but also how inexpensive it was.

Installing a backsplash is not too tough a project to tackle. In fact, both Lowes and Home Depot have quick tutorials on their websites, or you can find a number of videos on YouTube showing you step-by-step instructions. You can find sheets of glass tile at home improvement stores, on the clearance rack if you’re lucky, and do this project on the cheap. My friend decided to tile just one wall in her kitchen so the cost was about $70. If you give yourself a weekend and take your time, this project can turn out beautifully.

Tip #7: Change Out Your Light Switch Plates

You can give your kitchen a sleek modern edge when you upgrade your faceplates to stainless steel.

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap update here’s the perfect solution: Change all the outlet and light switch plates in your kitchen. You can give your kitchen a sleek modern edge when you upgrade your faceplates to stainless steel. Oil-rubbed bronze gives a rich look to your kitchen. Looking for something unusual and quirky?  Etsy has some one-of-a-kind artsy switch plates that will stir up lively conversation in your kitchen.  So grab a screwdriver. This quick change makeover can be done in under an hour!

If you have never tackled any home project before, I strongly encourage you to give it a try. It’s such a satisfying feeling to see the transformation from even just a small, DIY accomplishment. Once you have one successful project under your belt, you’ll feel empowered to try another! Whether you choose one project or all 7, you’ll be surprised at how you can transform your humdrum kitchen into a warm, inviting space with just a few little tricks. Go ahead…put your own personal signature on the space you call home.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.

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