Of all the rooms in your home, you are probably spending the most time in the kitchen. Whether as the place where you prepare meals each day or as an entertaining space, a lot can be done to improve it and to get the most out of this space. The good news is there are lots of DIY kitchen renovation projects that will make a significant impact without breaking the bank. The other good news is that kitchen upgrades are one of the best things you can do to increase your home’s resale value.
The ideas listed below won’t cost a bundle but may bring you closer to the kitchen you have always wanted. Read on to find inspiration for projects to improve the heart of your home.
DIY Kitchen Renovation Ideas
Sure, you’d love just to rip out all your cabinets and start again, but new kitchen cabinets are a costly endeavour. However, you can transform your cabinets without having to tear them all down. The first step is ensuring that the shell cabinets are still in good shape. If so, you can reface them by installing new doors and drawer fronts. Be sure to replace any gable ends and trim edges on any exposed surfaces.
Paint Your Cabinets
Perhaps refacing feels like it might be a little out of your price range. That’s okay. You can grab some paint and give your cabinets a fresh look without the expense of new cupboard doors. Be sure to remove all hardware and clean and sand all surfaces. Now, you’re ready to paint. Choose white to brighten the space or go bold and add a pop of colour to your kitchen.
Update Your Cabinet Hardware
It’s a simple task but updating the cabinet hardware can make a huge difference. Since you are painting anyway, it’s a good time to replace your handles, pulls, and hinges with something more modern.
Take stock of the metal tones that already exist in your kitchen, including your stainless-steel appliances. You don’t want to have several types of metal in your space. Experts say that two metals in the room are enough.
Now that you have figured out the colour, there is the shape to consider: knobs, handles or bin pulls? Do what works for you. Let your style shine through. These simple changes will move you closer to the look you want to achieve.
Open Up Your Shelving
If you want to transform your kitchen’s storage space without the expense of buying purchasing new cabinets, consider open shelving. It will make your kitchen look larger while adding an extra layer of functionality. Let your personality shine through by accessorizing the shelves.
An Island Alternative
While most people dream of an island vacation, you’ve been dreaming of an island in your kitchen. This can be an expensive proposition if it calls for kitchen remodelling. The good news is that there are substitutes for an island. A counter-height table is an affordable alternative. It allows you to add seating and an island-inspired space without the costly expense of materials and installation.
Perhaps you’re coveting quartz or granite counters, but the cost per square foot is a little out of your price range. Butcher-block countertops are a great alternative for giving your kitchen a fresh look. The warm wood tone adds character to the space while giving you the durable surface you want.
Sink and Faucet Upgrade
Odds are, the sink is one of the focal points of your kitchen, so why not give it some love? Make a bold statement with a stunning new faucet. If you want something that really stands out, look beyond the hardware store. You may spend a little more, but it might give you the look you want and there are so many options to choose from. Research online and create a mood board of the look you want to achieve. This is a significant change to the space, so take the time to get it right.
Maybe a kitchen remodel isn’t in the cards, but you still want to improve your lighting. This is possible with strategic under cabinet lighting. The best part is that you can add excellent task lighting without any wiring. Motion-activated under cabinet lights are a perfect option for the DIY route.
Consider a bold decorative light over the sink. It provides essential task lighting and adds to the space’s aesthetic by creating a focal point.
Give Your Windows Some Love
When it comes to window treatments, less is more. Roller shades, bamboo blinds, or a DIY Roman shade are great options. These can instantly transform your kitchen into a brighter place. Whatever you choose, just be sure to let as much natural light in as possible.
Organize The Pantry
Is your pantry getting a little out of control? Give it some love by organizing it. Transfer everything into matching canisters, jars, bins, and baskets, each with its own label. These storage solutions will keep your pantry organized and tidy, making working in the kitchen that much easier.
One DIY Kitchen Renovation Project at a Time
There are a lot of ideas on this list. Be sure to take it slow and focus on one area at a time. Is it the sink you want to change, or will the cabinets transform the space? You can go for the small wins first and build confidence in your transformative powers. Work through one project at a time and savour each step before moving on to the next project. You’ve got this!