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7 Easy Upgrades to Transform Your Kitchen

Jay Marks

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 25 years ...

Jay has been selling real estate since 1993 and has had the opportunity to help several thousand clients buy and sell real estate over those 25 years ...

May 14 4 minutes read

We say it again and again and again in real estate - the kitchen is one of the rooms that can either help or hurt when selling your home. And even if you're not selling, it's one of the spaces in the home you spend the most time, so why not enjoy it? 

When dreaming of your perfect kitchen, it can be hard to decide what changes need to happen in order to make it the perfect space. 

Here's a list of 7 easy upgrades you can make to transform your kitchen!

1. Renovating Cabinets

Rather than installing completely new cabinets, painting tarnished or scuffed cabinetry is a cost-effective way to brighten the room. Make sure to scrub the cabinets before you sand, prime, then paint. Taking your time to do these proper steps will ensure that the final product is beautiful. 

Pro tip: Lighter colored paints can make your kitchen appear larger!

2. Install a New Faucet

Believe it or not, a beautiful faucet can take you one step closer to your dream kitchen. Rather than replacing the entire sink, try updating spouts, valves, finishes, and handles to improve the appearance of your sink without breaking the bank. 

Pro tip: Choose one of the most popular faucets from 2019 and your kitchen will start to sparkle like new.

3. Revamp the Hardware

Replace knobs and drawer pulls with classic finishes such as brushed nickel or stainless steel for a “brand new” look. Even if you aren't handy, knobs are easy to replace with very little difficulty or risk. Hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's carry a variety of all sorts.  

Pro tip: Make sure to do this step last if you plan to repaint your cabinets.

4. Create Efficient Storage

An out of the box idea that will make your kitchen more efficient is switching up how you store your food, pots, pans, and appliances. Pots and pans have long handles that fit perfectly into tall cabinets and pantries or hung on overhead racks. Store your food in the pullable deep drawers for easy access while cooking. 

Pro tip: IKEA has some great, affordable organizers you can use to create your new storage system.

5. Give It a Fresh Coat of Paint

Fresh paint is a must-do if you're looking to transform your kitchen. Why stop at just the cabinets? Create a focal point in the kitchen by painting the island siding a contrasting color. While the clean, white look of kitchens continues in popularity, soft shades of gray are also on the rise. 

Pro tip: Hire a professional to ensure perfection in the finest details. It's cheaper than you probably think and can be well worth it!

6. Upgrade the Backsplash

If you haven’t replaced your backsplash in more than a decade, chances are it’s outdated. A kitchen backsplash can compliment the counters and make a bold statement. If yours is outdated, it’s fairly simple to replace with a little DIY know-how. From classic tile to mosaics or even wood, easy peel-and-stick options are available.

Pro tip: Remember one of the Interior Design trends for this year was contrasting grout? So, have a little fun with your backsplash look!

7. Switch Out Your Light Fixtures

Lighting is a key feature in creating an open and inviting space that future buyers will love. If you have pendant lights or lamps, make sure they’re still in style. If not, invest in modern lighting fixtures that will have appeal in today’s housing market. Adding under cabinet lighting is another quick fix that makes a huge difference. It’s relatively inexpensive and will brighten up your counter space. 

Pro tip: Invest in smart bulbs which are internet-capable LED light bulbs that allow lighting to be customized, scheduled and controlled remotely.

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