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7 Easy Upgrades to Transform Your Kitchen

Ryan Rodenbeck

Ryan started in Austin real estate as an investor in 2001. He looked at all investment opportunities — Austin foreclosures, condos, homes for sale...

Ryan started in Austin real estate as an investor in 2001. He looked at all investment opportunities — Austin foreclosures, condos, homes for sale...

Jan 16 5 minutes read

When dreaming of your perfect kitchen, it can be hard to decide what changes need to happen in order to make it the perfect space for you. The kitchen is the most visited space in the house, so you want to make sure you are prepared before embarking on this remodeling journey.

There are many changes you can make when the time comes so we created a list to help you get started. Here are 7 easy upgrades to consider to bring your dream kitchen to fruition.

Renovating Cabinets

Rather than installing completely new cabinets, painting older cabinets that are in good shape is a cost-effective way to update your kitchen. Make sure to scrub the cabinets before you sand and prime, then paint. Although it's cost-effective, taking the added time to do the proper steps will ensure the final product is beautiful. IF YOUR HINGES SHOW, UPDATE THEM WITH NEW. YOU WON'T REGRET IT. 

Pro-tip: Lighter colored paints can make your kitchen appear larger. The Advance Line by Benjamin Moore is Excellent for painting cabinetry!

New Shiny Faucet

There is more to your sink than washing dishes and running water. A beautiful faucet can take you a step closer to your dream kitchen. Rather than replacing the entire sink, updates spouts, valves, finishes, and handles can improve the appearance of your sink without breaking the bank. 

Protip: Rather than replacing the entire sink, UPDATING THE FAUCET TO A HIGH ARCH FAUCET WITH A PULL DOWN SPOUT can improve the appearance of your sink without breaking the bank.

Knob Revamp

Replace knobs and drawer pulls with classic finishes such as brushed nickel, matte black od the all-so-popular brushed brass/brushed gold for a “brand new” look. Even the greenest novice is able to replace these with very little difficulty or risk. Locale hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's carry a variety of nice-looking options and of course, online. If you’re looking for fun colors and designs check out Anthropologie OR Hobby Lobby. 

Pro-tip: Make sure to do this last if you plan to repaint your cabinets.  


Store Efficiently

An out of the box idea that will take your efficiency in the kitchen to a new level is switching how you store your food, pots, and appliances. Pots and pans have long handles that fit perfectly into tall cabinets and pantries or on overhead racks. Store your food in the pullable deep drawers for easy access while cooking. Protip: Storing kitchen items efficiently will declutter the room and a decluttered kitchen is a simple way to give the room a "new" feel.

Fresh Paint

Fresh paint is a must-do if you're looking to transform your kitchen. Why stop at just the cabinets? Create a focal point in the kitchen by painting the island siding a contrasting color. While the clean, white look of kitchens continues in popularity, soft shades of gray are also on the rise. Protip: Hire a professional to ensure perfection in the finest details. It's cheaper than you probably think and worth it!

Backsplash Upgrade

If you haven’t replaced your backsplash in more than a decade, chances are it’s too dated. The kitchen backsplash can compliment the background or make a bold statement. If yours is outdated, it’s fairly simple to replace with a little DIY know-how. From classic tile to mosaics or even wood, easy peel-and-stick options abound. Protip: Searching Pinterest for "kitchen backsplash ideas" will provide a plethora of options to inspire you.

Improved Lighting

Lighting is a key feature in creating an open and inviting space that future buyers will love. If you have pendant lights or lamps, make sure they’re still in style. If not, invest in modern lighting fixtures that will have appeal in today’s housing market. Adding under cabinet lighting is another quick update you can make to improve your kitchen’s lighting. It’s relatively inexpensive and will brighten up your counter space. Protip: Invest in smart bulbs which are internet-capable LED light bulbs that allows lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely.

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