“The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history”- Debi Mazar
Just like Debi Mazar said, the kitchen is the most important room in your home because it is the center of your family's day-to-day living. It’s also where memories are made (in addition to delicious meals).
Below are the top 8 quick and affordable tips on how to transform your own kitchen and give it a modern look.
1. Paint the walls
Nothing remedies an ‘old feeling’ from your kitchen like a new coat of paint. The results are accentuated if you paint the cabinets as well (The second point).
Just make sure that you get a paint finish that can handle a little water, soap, and elbow grease. This makes satin, gloss or semi-gloss paint finishes a perfect choice. You can get a 20L gloss paint bucket for around R1000 if you shop around.
2. Spruce up the cabinets
This may seem intimidating at first, but most DIYers know cabinets are one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to revamp a kitchen.
-Painting your cabinets: If you need to make an economical choice, painting is the way to go.New cabinets plus installation can cost almost half of your kitchen renovation budget.
When painted together with the walls they will definitely give your kitchen a fresh new look (look at the picture below).
-New cabinets handles: along with a new coat of paint, changing the handles of your cabinets will give your kitchen a quick refresh, and make your cabinets look and feel new.
3. Crown molding at the ceiling
Installing crown molding on kitchen cabinets however is one project that takes a little bit of skill but its not impossible. It can give your cabinets an extra air of charm and sophistication.
There are dozens of sizes and patterns to choose from, and you can even combine multiple moldings for a chunky look and the beauty if it is crown molding will never go out of style.
4. Refresh the Sink
This is another project that may require you to be a bit handy, but still doable with enough research. You can replace the faucet on your sink which is a rather easy task, you can finish this in about an hour.
But the costs vary dramatically, depending on the quality and features of the faucet. But, shop around enough you will definitely find a keeper, like this beautiful Stainless Steel Retractable Rotating Faucet from Zasttra we found for only R330.
A more dramatic option, and one that requires a little more muscle, is to replace the whole sink.
5. Create a Colorful Back-splash
The primary purpose of a back-splash in the kitchen is to protect the wall behind the sink against water damage from inadvertent splashing. Over the years however, they have transformed in to almost art-like decorative pieces of the kitchen.
A pop of color on the wall draws the eye and adds excitement to a kitchen.
A ceramic tile or glass back-splash that goes all the way from counter to cabinets is much easier to keep clean and looking nice.
6. New lighting
While this is often an overlooked feature of the kitchen, but it is amazing what a great light fixture can do to a room.
There are many options you can choose from, but is is advisable to Select a fancy, rustic or chrome light fixture that matches your existing decor or kitchen’s color.
7. Clear Clutter
The best thing about this step is that it is absolutely free. Toss out all unused or outdated kitchen items. Throw out old food; the results are a cleaner and more useful kitchen.
Clutter seems to breed on kitchen counters, no matter what you do. If you still have a considerable amount of cluster after taking some time to clear all the utensils you don’t need, you can try the following and final step on this list.
8. Expand your storage
-Hanging planters: Hanging planters have been trendy for a while, but now, it's time to bring back the hanging fruit basket. There are plenty of styles you can choose from to best suit your kitchen.
There is also a wide range of price points to choose from-From below R100 up to R1000 or more for a more high end finish product.
-Floating shelves: The ideal place for these is on the side of the cabinet. You're not using that space for anything, anyway. Might as well make the most of it.
You can also install these on any open and unused part of your kitchen, like these beautiful Banggood 3 piece for only R655.
We hope these tips will help you on your own journey of updating arguably one of the most important rooms in your house.
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