Like any successful relationship, your love affair with your Morris County or Sussex County kitchen needs a little care and attention to stay strong. Here, we offer 10 easy, economical updates to help you fall in love with your kitchen all over again:
Why let the little ones have all the sticker fun? Use specially-formulated adhesive stickers to update your backsplash, grout-free! New tile decals come in a variety of patterns and sizes for a fun, removable look. Try Mibo tile tattoos or Sticviews (which even allows you to upload custom images!)
Got a scratchy, spotty wood floor but not up for a massive refinishing job? Try paint! Oil-based porch or deck paint provides durability while hiding ugly faults at a pocket-friendly price. Just for fun, try a new color, or even a pattern or graphic design.
Impart an airy openness to your kitchen by removing a section of upper cabinet doors, then provide a pop of color by painting the interior of the cabinet. When adding items back into your cabinet, group by shape or color for an organized appearance.
Get A Handle On This
Like adding that perfect piece of jewelry to your outfit, updating your cabinet hardware gives measured polish to your kitchen. Use one finish for your handles, drawer pulls and doorknobs for a cohesive look. New hardware not fitting your old hardware holes? Don’t fret! Just buy backplates to cover gaps, then drill some new holes.
Coat Those Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets see a lot of abuse in their lifetime. Show them a little love with a new coat of paint! This cost-effective update results in a fresher, cleaner-looking kitchen. Fun options include using contrasting colors for lower and upper cabinets, or painting a small section to offer the appearance of a built-in hutch. (If a cabinet color-change scares you, try this baby step: switch up your center island’s look with a coat of paint.)
Wallpaper in your kitchen? WHA-A-A-AT? Now available in water-resistant, scrubbable varieties as well as peel-and-stick versions, wallpaper today offers a world of patterns, prints and colors perfect for a kitchen facelift! (Check out NuWallpaper or Chasing Paper.)
Open up your kitchen and add natural light to your space with one easy step: replace your solid exterior kitchen door with a single French door! If a switch like this intimidates the DIYer in you, never fear: most hardware stores now offer installation services, too.
Faucet On, Faucet Off
Possibly the most used item in your kitchen, your faucet, often gets overlooked when it comes to quick updates. Switching out your current hardworking piece for a better functioning, more distinctive one provides practical, budget-friendly change. Seeking a bold, trendy look? Go for a matte black finish!
Cooking fumes, splashes and more contribute to your need to replace your kitchen curtains more often than other curtains in your Morris County or Sussex County home. Give your kitchen a makeover with a new window treatment! How about on-trend woven or bamboo blinds? Always allow lots of natural light to show in, and go for something easily removable...for your NEXT update!
Work of Art
Kitchens often get short-schrifted when it comes to artwork, but they offer a great space for display! First: Find and download a favorite online piece. Next: print it poster-size at Staples. Lastly: Grab a cheap pre-cut mat and frame. Voila! Or grab a group of smaller images--photos, your kids’ artwork, postcards--use matching frames to visually hold them together, then hang a display on the wall.
Whether you choose one or all of our updates, you’ll be feelin’ the love for your Morris County or Sussex County kitchen again in no time!