Are you ready for a new look in your kitchen? It doesn’t require a big budget or a huge contractor’s bill. With some creativity and just a little effort, you can make it happen yourself. Here are six easy and cost-effective DIY tips to transform your kitchen quickly and affordably.
Pull Out the Paintbrush
Painting is one of the most effective ways to transform your kitchen. And painting your cabinets is a budget-friendly way to change the entire room’s look. Here’s how:
- Wipe down the cabinets with a degreasing cleanser.
- Remove the doors.
- Smooth the surfaces with sandpaper to help the paint adhere.
- Prime all surfaces with a good quality primer.
- Paint all surfaces with latex-based paint since it’s wipeable.
- Re-attach the doors and you’re done.
Smarten Up with Stickers
You loved stickers when you were a kid, and now they can help you upgrade your kitchen. If you cannot commit to a full replacement of your countertops, consider the new DIY peel and stick countertop coverings that give the counter a new look in mere minutes. You can also buy cut-to-fit decals to cover the dishwasher and fridge to match the theme of your kitchen.
Finesse Your Floor
Flooring can be costly to replace as even the most basic sheet vinyl usually starts at around a dollar per square foot, and then there are installation costs. Instead, consider painting the floor. Use an unexpected color to instantly change the look of the entire room. If you don’t want to make a drastic change, add a new rug. You could go with one that’s not traditionally for the kitchen, like a beautiful Oriental rug.
Get Creative with Colors
Look for ways to add color to a neutral kitchen. One way is by adding a backsplash made from lots of different tile colors. And if you don’t want to do the tiling, buy those self-stick adhesive-backed tile sheets. And, when it’s time to replace kitchen towels, appliances and utensils, choose colorful ones instead of basic black or white to add an instant pop of color.
Display Your Dishes
Consider displaying colorful, mismatched dishes or pottery on shelves or in open cabinets. Or, show off your favorite serving platters or novelty mugs on a wall ledge. You can turn any shelving unit into a plate rack by having low-cost molding cut to the width of the shelf at the hardware store and then attach the molding to the shelves with braces.
Place Pretty Pulls
Replace cabinet pulls with brightly colored ones, like red or yellow to add a pop of color. This little detail can transform the appearance of your whole kitchen, even from a distance. Look for other pulls, knobs and handles to replace with prettier options, such as those on drawers, carts, and the kitchen island.
Imagine waking up on Monday morning to a fresher, brighter kitchen. It’s easy to transform your kitchen in a weekend with these six tips. These decorating ideas are budget-friendly and fast. The main goal is to add some color and be creative with your kitchen decor.