No need to settle for a stale, outdated kitchen where there are plenty of DIY design and organization solutions! If you're looking for ways to spruce up your space while you prepare for a remodel, here are ten cheap and simple hacks to breathe new life into your kitchen!
1. Make your stainless steel shine
Believe it or not, you don't need expensive stainless steal cleaners to make your appliances shine like new again. Wipe your stainless steal with the grain with a dab of dish soap and mineral oil to clean and polish your appliances.
2. Clean your grout
You'd be shocked what a difference clean grout can make for the overall look and feel of your kitchen. With some vinegar and water, a toothbrush, and a bit of elbow grease, you can give your tile floors a whole new life.
3. Replace your hardware
Subtle changes like new knobs and pulls can have surprisingly transformative effects. Industrial copper and bronze hardware is on trend these day; crystal and rose gold add an elegant touch. Chrome pull-bars are a great and efficient way to add sleek modern flair.
4. Replace your faucet
Like knobs and pulls, faucets have style, and a quick trip to the hardware store can take your kitchen from outdated to outstanding. Modern faucet finishes, angles and styles can give even a relatively inexpensive kitchen sink that high-end look.
5. Utilize your wall space
If you're lacking in the cabinet-space department, find extra storage in empty wall space. Floating shelves are trending lately, and installing them is an easy DIY project that will add a pop of contemporary feel to your kitchen.
6. Add fresh pops of color
If you can't stand the look of your kitchen cabinets, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive alternative to a full-scale remodel. If possible, bring one of your cabinet doors to a local paint retailer to discuss which products will produce the best results for the materials you're working with. We love neutral palettes because they create a canvas on which you can continue create and customize as seasons and trends come and go.
Or, if painting your cabinets isn't the way to go, try adding pops of color with new kitchen accessories and counter top appliances.
7. Start an herb garden
Freshen up your kitchen with some green! Many people have caught on to the window-sill herb garden trend these days; not only will it make your kitchen more Instagram-worthy, but you'll save tons on overpriced store-bought herbs.
8. DIY your own kitchen sink tip-outs
Sink tip outs are the great kitchen amenity you never knew you needed. There are lots of great resources online that can teach you how to install these "unopenable drawers"--like this one.
9. DIY cabinet organizers
When it comes to DIY cabinet organization, Command strips are your new best friend. Use these ingenious little inventions to adhere hooks or storage baskets to the insides of cabinet doors.
10. Get creative with lighting
Light fixtures are great opportunities for statement decor. Change out outdated ceiling light covers for modern, swanky ones; swap in some vintage Edison bulbs for a Steampunk effect; or DIY your own chandelier, like this one using string and an inflatable ball.
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