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Sometimes doing a do it yourself renovation can be a bit daunting. But the updates can be controlled when achieved in bite-size sections — especially when using these 9 ways to upgrade your kitchen.


9 Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

When it comes to upgrading and remodeling your kitchen, it can seem like a daunting task. But it doesn’t always have to be such a daunting task. There are significant upgrades that you can do over a year or possibly three to four years. If handled correctly over time, you can steadily pay for smaller projects without breaking your budget or the bank. And before you realize it, you will have a brand new kitchen! The list of items that you can update over time is straightforward and budget-friendly. Let’s take a look!

  1. Countertops
  2. Sinks, Faucets, & Disposals
  3. Backsplash
  4. Update Cabinets
  5. New Trim Work
  6. Updating the Pantry
  7. Update Appliances
  8. Change out Kitchen Lighting
  9. Painting the Kitchen

Updating Your Kitchen

Countertops: Start by taking a look at the countertops in your kitchen. If they are in good condition, then you can leave them. But if they are looking worn out or a little beaten up from a lot of use. Then go ahead and replace them with a beautiful slab of granite or quartz. And since you will need to reset the sink and faucet, this would be a great time to do it. Because it gives your kitchen a nice facelift. 

Sinks, Faucets, & Disposals: if you are replacing the countertops, then you should take this time to replace the sink, faucet, and disposal. The existing ones should be reset anyhow, so this is a great time to do it. And you won’t regret doing it all at the same time. But be prepared to possibly have to pay an electrician to update or move some electrical for the disposal. 

Backsplash: Replacing the backsplash in your kitchen is a great thing to do every 5-7 years. Especially as the trends move forward, just taking out the old backsplash and installing a newer style is an instant facelift. The backsplash can also tie into your countertops. And it updates your kitchen without having to break the bank. 

DIY Renovation

Updating Cabinets: Instead of replacing the kitchen cabinets, which can run from anywhere $8,000-$15,000+, there are two inexpensive methods to use. If the cabinets are in good shape, then you can change out and update the hardware. Just changing out the knobs and hinges on the cabinets will make a huge difference. And it will only cost a small investment. If you can’t afford brand new cabinets, but want to update them, then hire a company to refurbish them for you. Adding end caps to the island gives it a whole new look. And if you are wanting to get rid of your old cabinets. Donating them or selling them will give you some money to cover the costs of the renovation.

New Trim Work: If the cabinets aren’t very tall, then adding some crown molding to the ceiling will make your kitchen very elegant. But if the cabinets reach the ceiling, then don’t install crown molding. You can also install trim work around the base of your kitchen. Adding in the trim work to the kitchen also creates a great look if you can’t do crown molding.

Updating the Pantry: All the pantry takes is some new shelves and a new light or two. Painting it also adds life to the pantry as well. A cool feature that you can do with the lights is connecting them to the door so that when the door is open, the lights turn on. And if the door is closed, the lights are off. This comes in handy if your hands are full when you enter the pantry so that you don’t have to worry about finding a free hand or finger to turn the light on. 

Breathing Life Into an Old Kitchen

Updating the Appliances: Doing this will give your kitchen an instant facelift. But you have to be careful. Because new appliances can show how outdated your kitchen is. Though if you have already updated other areas of the kitchen, then it won’t stand out as much. You also have to remember that new appliances can be pricey. But there are many great options out there to pick from to update your kitchen.

Kitchen Lighting: Just like in the movies, the lighting in your kitchen is everything. But it is more than switching out a light fixture, and there needs to be consistency in the light bulbs as well. Especially because nowadays there are many different options. No matter what style you decide to go with, you will notice a difference. 

Painting the Kitchen: This is one of the most inexpensive ways that you can update your kitchen with. And it can take as little as one day to do. Doing a quick search on the internet or going to a home improvement store will provide you with some great ideas. Just keep in mind that there are a variety of paints to pick from, and you want to choose the right one for your space. Whether it is a glossy, semi-gloss, or a matte finish, make sure that you make the right decision for you. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. 

Lotz of Logic

While it might look small, the list above is a great thing to have. Because honestly, they are massive upgrades that you can do over a year or three to four years. It all depends on time and budget. But before you know it, you will have a brand new kitchen in your home. And sometimes doing a DIY renovation in small manageable chunks like that works great. Especially if you have limited time and are on a more modest budget because it is time manageable and cost-effective. No matter what you use your kitchen space for, make sure that you follow these 9 ways to upgrade your kitchen. 

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate of 9 ways to upgrade your kitchen, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Plainfield, Naperville, Lisle, Shorewood, Joliet, Oswego, Yorkville, and all of the Chicago areas for 30+ years.

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