Remodeling can be very time consuming and expensive. A typical kitchen remodeling project will usually cost a few ten thousand dollars and take months to complete. However, getting a beautiful, functional, and up-to-date kitchen doesn’t always mean that you have to remodel. Upgrading some things can make your kitchen a lot better for less. Below are some of our most recommended kitchen upgrades when you don’t want to remodel.
Replacing your backsplash is one of the kitchen remodeling projects that will just take days. This is another good project if you’ve resurfaced or repainted your cabinets and want things to match in your kitchen. If you don’t want to commit to replacing the backsplash, you can also try self-adhesive tiles that can typically last a few years. This is a good option if you want something trendy like wanting the look of subway tiles.
Cabinet Refacing or Cabinet Repainting
If your cabinets are still good and well-made, you do not have to replace them. You can opt to repaint or reface your cabinets for a new look and maybe just add some new cabinets as needed. You can also ask around your local hardware if they can replace cabinet doors. Cabinet refacing, repainting, or door replacement just takes a few days as opposed to a few months if you choose a kitchen remodel. Replacing hardware such as knobs and pulls can make a drastic change too and can be done in a single day.
Do you know that there are a lot of countertop options other than stone that are just as durable and beautiful at a fraction of the cost? Epoxy or poured concrete can be great choices. If you do not want to replace your counter but just need more counter space, you can go for a movable kitchen island that can double as informal dining as well as prep space.
Replacing the main light source and adding secondary ones can drastically alter the look and feel of a kitchen. If you don’t have some yet, consider installing lights under kitchen cabinets too or install special lighting for key areas like over the cooking area, over the kitchen island, or above the sink.
Sometimes you do not need new shelving but just need to revamp existing ones. You can remove the doors from some cabinets to convert them into display shelves or also add new shelving to existing ones.
If you’re looking for more extensive kitchen upgrades, you can see our tips on adding luxurious touches to your kitchen or our article on the latest luxury kitchen trends for your home. If you are prepared to shell out a few thousand dollars, you can also replace outdated appliances or update your plumbing. Even just replacing the sink faucet can lend a huge improvement to your kitchen and will only cost you a few hundred dollars.