If you’re anything like the majority of Americans, and can’t afford an entire kitchen remodeling at once, DIY might be your best bet.
The rise of DIY projects has increased in quality and you can now do significant and stunning renovations all by yourself. Check out some of the best DIY projects for transforming your kitchen:
Swap out the Hardware
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your kitchen is to swap out the hardware. Cabinet knobs can transform your kitchen, whether you choose special stones, copper or rose gold enhancements, this is a quick way to make a noticeable difference in your kitchen aesthetic.
There are tons of affordable backsplash options for your kitchen. The easiest and cheapest is to use vinyl wallpaper. There are so many forms of vinyl wallpaper that it no longer has the dated reputation it used to. The variety of options in color and style as well as affordability make this a good option.
However, you can also opt for more expensive backsplash materials like ceramic tiles, glass, and stones. All three are fairly easy to install, come in a large variety of colors and allow for customization. You can choose to create your own pattern or follow a specific one, but either way this is an excellent option to revamp your kitchen.
You may already have the perfect piece for your kitchen somewhere in your house! Repurposing furniture for different uses is a common technique among DIY people. This is a cost effective way to upgrade your space while making another item more useful. This can be easily done for a kitchen island. You can use a lot of different furniture types as a makeshift kitchen island, like a dresser, industrial table, butcher block, or a bench.
You can take a dresser that you no longer use or found at a market, add marble top and have a lovely island! The added drawers of a dresser make it a perfect storage place, and the surface on top can provide ample space without making the kitchen seem smaller. Vintage armoires are also excellent places to store your fancy china or any other items you’d like to be displayed.
One of the top kitchen trends, and space savers, is to store items in suspension above the kitchen. Hanging storage opens up space in the cabinets, and shows off your nice kitchen ware. There are several different options to choose from including, hanging shelves/open shelves and wall and ceiling hanging pots rack.
This doesn’t take long to install and can be crafted to suit your specific kitchen decor. The only thing you need to take care of is ensure the hangings match your ceiling design, just so you can make good use of the space without harming the elegant look of your kitchen ceiling.
Oftentimes people overlook the lighting features in their home, but updating your lights can really enhance your kitchen. For cheap options in areas that aren’t well lit like inside kitchen cabinets, you can add adhesive lights. You can also swap out a traditional ceiling light for multipurpose ones. There are many adjustable light options that allow you to cater to your specific kitchen needs. For specific lighting areas, wall sconces are a great option. They look expensive and luxurious without actually costing a lot of money. They also come in so many different styles that you’re bound to find something suited for your specific needs.
Kitchen Cabinet Update
Kitchen cabinets are the cornerstone of your entire kitchen feel. They immediately draw the eye and can quickly mark your kitchen as outdate and boring or modern and sleek. Rather than spending half of your budget on brand new cabinets, there are a lot of ways you can fix the ones you already have. To start from scratch you can sand the cabinets down to the natural wood, and then opt to stain them or paint them a different color.
This and the new hardware from step one can make you feel like you have a brand new kitchen. If you feel like you absolutely need to replace your cabinets, you can opt to use partial wood fronts to give the look and feel of hardwood without the added cost. DIY cabinet updates can save you a fortune in your kitchen and allow you to use that budget in important aspects like your appliances!
When remodeling your kitchen there are huge costs associated with getting the best cabinet material, hard floors, backsplashes, faucets and everything in between. However, there is always a less expensive alternative to the fancy material you have your heart set on. Those fancy marble countertops can be achieved with thin porcelain tile, a lighter, thinner version that makes for quick installation and saves you a lot of money.
If you love the look of hardwood floors, you can opt for reclaimed wood instead as a cost effective and simple alternative. Always make sure to do your research before choosing a cheap alternative, because you still want a quality product that you won’t have to constantly maintain.
You’ve done all of the work above and your kitchen is looking amazing, but you still have those old appliances staring at you amid your modern kitchen aesthetic. Brand new appliances can cost you thousands, and if they are working well already it’s hard to justify getting new ones.
You can update that old fashioned look with a new paint job, trying adhesive vinyl for a fun customized look, and personalizing an ugly fridge with beautiful photos. Try hiding them by focusing on aspects of the kitchen you really love, making the outdated parts more of an afterthought.
Now that you have all of this information, you are ready to update your own kitchen. Piece by piece you can transform every aspect yourself within budget that works for you. Try a few techniques at a time and see what looks good and what is practical for your home. You may find you don’t have the most beautiful cookware for open shelving, or that a backsplash is a little too much work for you, but somewhere in the middle you’ll find the perfect look for one of the most important rooms in your home.