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How to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

How to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

There’s no doubt that a remodeled home is a pleasant home, especially the kitchen for people who love to cook, and couldn’t get enough of it during the pandemic. But going through a remodel can be a nightmare, especially because you can’t use your kitchen while the work is happening. That could be why a lot of home chefs put off a kitchen remodel until they are getting ready to sell their home, or know that they are ready to take the plunge and take a break from cooking. But if your kitchen is in need of some serious TLC, you can also go for what home designers call a minor remodeling project, which is making small changes in your kitchen that are more decorative but can still have a big impact.

Add one pop color

Color has an amazing power to change the energy of a room. You might be wondering how you can add color to a kitchen without changing the cabinets or repainting? There are several ways to add color to a kitchen that doesn’t mean an entire remodel such as painting a single wall above your sink, adding colorful drawer pulls or cabinet handles, or painting cabinet doors. These small changes can revive kitchens in a powerful way, especially if you are thinking about selling your home. Red, turquoise, yellow, or green can be considerations for those who are ready to go bold.

Update small appliances

Another way to add color is with small appliances. Some good candidates are toasters, coffee makers, or blenders — any items that you keep on your counter that could add to your kitchen decor. Wall clocks can also be a nice addition to a kitchen, to give a decorative touch. Colorful shelves or utensil holders can also be used for their form and function when chosen in a decorative pop color.

Get a new sink

While it might be inconvenient to replace everything in your kitchen at once, doing updates in stages can give you the benefit of a revived kitchen, while still being able to use it. Replacing your sink is one way to make your kitchen contemporary, by adding an on-trend farmhouse sink. These are deep basin ceramic or stone sinks that might remind you of a country cottage. The bonus is they are also durable and easy to clean. With many styles and sizes to choose from, you can find a sink that can work in nearly any kitchen layout, without too much of a change. Your kitchen will instantly feel brighter and more modern.

Add a refrigerator cabinet

Instead of getting a new stainless steel refrigerator, you can give the refrigerator you have an update by building it a refrigerator cabinet. A cabinet conceals your refrigerator, giving the appearance that it’s any other cabinet in your kitchen. You may need to hire a contractor for this update, and then consider repainting the doors of your other cabinets for an integrated look.

Think about art

If your kitchen has empty wall space, you can make use of this space, by hanging up artwork. That’s right, the living room isn’t the only place where art can shine. You can pick art that matches the color scheme of your kitchen, or even hang decorative serving pieces on the wall as a way to combine storage and decor into one. Decorative bowls for fresh fruit on a countertop can be another way to add some life to revive your kitchen.

Especially in the days of working from home, people are spending more time than ever before in their kitchens. Giving a kitchen a full refresh, however, is a big investment, not only of money but of time and the way it can disrupt your daily routine if your kitchen is tied up as a construction zone. But sometimes, all a kitchen might need to have a contemporary touch is a few updates by adding color and decorative details. Start with a deep clean and then you can make small changes. Even just adding a vase of fresh flowers can be the small start you need to get started.

How to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling


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Shristi Patni

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Shristi is a content writer and owner of F and B Recipes and Snazzy Women. When not writing, she can be found reading or trying new recipes.

6 Common Home Improvement Myths

6 Common Home Improvement Myths

There’s a lot of talk about renovations and the best way to handle them. Unfortunately for homeowners, much of the advice out there often contradicts itself. Talk to one contractor, and he might tell you to always expect a reno to cost 10 percent more than you expected; talk to another, and he’ll insist you should never pay a penny more than the initial bid. Navigating these waters can be tricky, so always do your research, follow your gut—and disregard these common renovation beliefs. Because when it comes to upgrading your home, you can’t believe anything you hear.

Home renovations will always get you a good return on your investment

Don’t expect to drop $20k on a bathroom remodel and then make every penny back when you decide to sell. In general, improvements don’t give you a dollar-for-dollar return on investment, but rather a percentage (typically between 50 and 80 percent). That’s why you should always upgrade your home, first and foremost, for you. After all, you’re the one currently living there, so if you think your kitchen’s backsplash could use a refresh, go for it.

You can DIY everything

Yes, handy homeowners can tackle many projects on their own—as long as they have a good toolkit and are willing to do some research—but that doesn’t mean they should rewire their house themselves. Projects that involve roofing, a home’s structural elements, and electricity are better left to the pros. Ask yourself this: Have I ever tried this task before, and am I even the slightest bit worried about accomplishing it, or doing harm to myself or the house in the process? If the answer is yes, call in the experts.

DIY is cheaper than hiring a pro

Generally this is true only if what you’re doing involves tools and materials you can easily access, and the project takes up a minimum amount of your time. Unfortunately, not all DIY projects actually end up this way. If you run into problems, need to buy more or new materials, or worst of all, have to hire a pro to redo everything you’ve done, you’ve just flushed the money you saved down the toilet (and then some).

Paint can hide anything

Paint does wonders for freshening up a room or disguising minor imperfections. But if your wall has noticeable nicks, mold, or any other kind of damage, it’s a bad idea to try to simply cover it up with a fresh coat. In these cases, fix the problem first, then break out the brush.

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Fixing something is cheaper than replacing it

A stopgap repair is fine for the time being, but it could end up costing you more down the road, especially if the repair isn’t done properly or doesn’t fix the whole problem. When something breaks, consider its age, quality, and condition. If it’s in otherwise good shape and was a smart investment, doing a repair may be all you need. But if it’s something that wasn’t great to begin with, you may just want to start from scratch.

You should renovate following current design trends

Shiplap walls and bold patterned tile look cool now, but how will they fare in five years? It’s tempting to renovate with trendy colors and materials, but you also run the risk of your home looking dated once they go out of style. Consider the pastel wallpaper and brassy fixtures people loved in the ’80s: Hip then, a disaster now. If you do love trends, work them into your home in ways that are easy to change. That generally means avoiding trendy materials for permanent materials like countertops and flooring.


This article by Jessica Dodell-Feder was previously published on Apartmenttherapy.com

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