Here are great ways to accomplish a refreshed kitchen without major demo and renovation.
Clean your cabinets – like seriously clean them; inside and out. Use a degreaser, then go back and clean them again
Swap out the door and drawer hardware – look for similar sized hole openings, look to mix knobs (doors) and pulls (drawers) for a custom look
Paint the cabinets for a fresh new look – see words of advice below!
Change out light fixtures – find ones that complement your existing style but offer an updated look
Change out your faucet. whether you are getting the latest technology (no touch) or changing out style or finish
Install a backsplash – this is often a smaller job and easier to tackle than a whole kitchen makeover and it can dramatically change your kitchen
Paint the walls with a fresh color
Examine what you have on your countertops:
Do you have too much stuff crowding the countertops that makes the room look cluttered? Do you use that blender daily, weekly, or hardly ever? If you do not use it frequently, find a new place to store it.
Do you have décor on top of your cabinets? Is it old, dusty, or maybe no longer your style? Take it down, clean it and consider the simplified view of the blank space
Get a new throw rug or runner
Add some greenery – fresh herbs or small houseplants look great in a windowsill
Change out artwork to reflect your new or updated style
Update your appliances – average life expectancy of kitchen appliances: ranges 15 years, refrigerator 13 years, and dishwasher and microwaves last approx 9 years. If yours are not old, give them a good cleaning and polish that stainless steel!
Swap out chairs, stools or dining table for a new look
Words of advice
Keep your color tones in the same family. If the cabinets and countertops are warm, don’t try to install cool tone tiles or paint. Even if you love the color or tile, they must work with everything else in your space, including the style and architecture of your home.
Don’t run out and buy all new stuff that matches! Second hand and thrift stores are great places to get some good pieces that you can find to reflect your style without the trend and the matchy matchy look that will be dated within time. Your kitchen should reflect you, find pieces that speak to you and your style
Painting cabinetry – I don’t recommend the average homeowner try this themselves if they are looking for a quality finish to stand up to the abuse kitchen cabinets take. Simply put, hire a professional