We all spend so much time in our kitchens. Kitchens often look neglected or outdated after a while. It’s easy for tiles to get chipped, walls to get stained, or cabinets to start peeling because of water damage.
Luckily, you can give your kitchen a new look, and we’re going to walk you through a few ways that you can do this. Often there is no need to totally redo your kitchen. Instead, you can try these hacks to freshen up your kitchen.
Clean your kitchen
After a good cleaning session, you may be surprised at how much better and newer your kitchen will look. While you likely clean your kitchen regularly, the odds are that you don’t often deep clean it, but you should be doing this every few months.
Instead of just doing your regular cleaning routine, set a day aside to get into all the nooks and crannies of your kitchen and scrub at it until it looks shiny and fresh. Alternatively, you can hire someone who does professional kitchen cleaning if you don’t have the time to do this yourself.
Redo the cupboard doors
If you want to make one change that will make a massive difference in how your kitchen looks, you should redo the cupboard doors.
Over time, the doors on your kitchen cupboards, cabinets, and drawers will start to look a bit worse for wear, so replacing them can be a good idea. While this is pricey, replacing the doors is still much cheaper than replacing the entire cupboard.
You can also just freshen up your cabinets by painting them. We’ve done this a few times in our rental houses. Make sure you prep the cabinets well or the paint won’t stick well
Make sure that the color your walls are painted looks good with whatever wood color you choose. You can learn more about that here.
Paint the countertop
Instead of replacing a countertop, just paint it. It’s amazing how well this looks. We have painted countertops at houses several times, and it holds up well and looks new. Painting the countertop makes a kitchen feel new and saves hundreds of dollars.
Make sure you prep well. There is special countertop paint, do not use regular paint. We recommend finding a piece of scrap countertop (just ask your hardware store) to practice on.
Update cabinet hardware
Updating the cabinet hardware may be the least expensive kitchen upgrade you can make. It really does make a difference too. Cleaning cabinets and adding new hardware changes the room’s feel. If you followed the previous tip of painting the cabinets then it will feel like you rehabbed the kitchen. Get cabinet hardware on Amazon
Replace the flooring
Another part of your kitchen that can look a bit rough after a while is your floor. Your floor gets so much wear and tear. Not only do you always walk on your floors but food and utensils get dropped on floors often. This traffic can damage your kitchen floor over time.
So, if your flooring is making your kitchen look a bit shabby, you should consider replacing it. You can use the same type of flooring you currently have or go in an entirely new direction.
And if you don’t have a large budget, that’s okay too – there are plenty of cheap flooring ideas.
Make small changes
You may be looking at this list and thinking that most of these things all seem like significant changes, and that’s because they are. If you want to make your kitchen look different but don’t have a lot of money or are not ready to commit to such a significant change, you can still get the same effect with more minor changes.
Switch out your old kitchen towels for new, matching ones. Hang some artwork on the wall. You can even get creative and decorate a flower pot if you feel like your kitchen needs a splash of color. These small changes add up and can help you easily give your kitchen a new look.
There are easy things you can do to freshen up your kitchen. It’s not always necessary to totally update your kitchen. Sometimes your kitchen needs a good cleaning, some paint, or new flooring.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.