The kitchen is the heart of any home, and you might find that your house doesn’t quite have the same cozy, welcoming feel when your kitchen starts to suffer. You might be raising an eyebrow quizzically, because a kitchen, on the surface, seems like nothing more than a place to make and find food.
Yet, it’s much more than that. It’s a place where you, your partner, friends, family, or whoever else you invite into your home can gather, sit, talk, eat, and relax. You don’t have to spend thousands on a complete overhaul; sometimes a new kitchen just requires a little sprucing up. Here are a few tweaks and tricks you could try out to reinvigorate your tired, worn-out kitchen area.
Start off by cleaning the kitchen--
Maybe that isn’t the revolutionary piece of advice you were hoping to see, but it’s where anybody should start when they’re renovating a room. I guarantee that at least half of the problems you see are the result of poor cleanliness and general mess, so giving your kitchen a clean will help to give you a better idea of the work which actually needs to be done. Once you’ve ridded the room of grimy surfaces, clutter which you no longer need, and food or dishes which have been left lying around, you’ll be able to see what actually needs changing with your kitchen beneath the surface. You might find that it looks a lot better already.
Replace old appliances--
The thing which often makes an otherwise clean, tidy and well-designed kitchen look a little tacky and dated is an outdated appliance. If you’re going to spend any money on renovating your kitchen, you should put it all into replacing that oven, microwave, or perhaps the half-busted refrigerator which doesn’t seem to fully work any more. Updating the hardware and opting for a sleek, shiny, modern model could really give your kitchen space a face lift whilst also making the practical element of cooking safer, quicker, smarter, and generally more efficient.
Improve your dishes, cutlery, pots, pans, & other tools--
A smaller investment you could make is a new set of kitchen utensils. Those rusty, metallic pots, pans, and perhaps even your cutlery aren’t just unpleasant to look at, but they pose a safety and hygiene risk. You need to be improving both your kitchen’s aesthetic and its level of hygiene. Health and safety should come first, of course. You could make cooking easier for yourself by using non-stick Stone-cooking Pans, as well. Modern kitchen tools aren’t just a pretty face. You should be thinking about how you can make cooking and cleaning easier for yourself, and updating the tools you use will help with that.
A little bit of paint solves everything--
At the end of the day, if you don’t want to splash out on too many installations for your new kitchen, because the new microwave took a huge chunk out of your budget, then DIY is always the cheap and efficient solution. You could give those old kitchen cabinets a new coat of paint, and that might be enough to completely transform the look of your entire kitchen.
It’s hard to tell what will and won’t work, because every renovation job is different, but you’ll figure out how much or how little you need to do to improve your kitchen. Just get started and see how quickly you start to feel happier about the way the room looks. For some people, clearing some space and creating a more “open” feel to the kitchen might be enough to improve it.