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Easy Kitchen Updates To Complete In An Afternoon

By on Nov 30, 2016
Easy Kitchen Updates To Complete In An Afternoon

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Kitchens are a place where you can get creative and your décor should fuel that inspiration. Whether cooking for the family or baking a birthday cake for a party, you should love to be in your kitchen, big or small.

If you aren’t as in love with your kitchen as you should be, a few kitchen updates can help. It’s amazing how a small change can make a big difference. If you have an afternoon to spare, try a few of these easy kitchen updates to change your look.

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Clean Kitchen

Deep Clean Your Kitchen

A great way to update your kitchen doesn’t have to involve hefty tools or paint brushes. Sometimes, all a kitchen may need is a thorough deep clean to be refreshed and look new. Think beyond the dirty dishes. Are there areas of your kitchen that you tend to neglect? It’s a good idea to give your kitchen a deep clean at least twice a year. Here are some areas you may want to consider:

  • Inside the oven
  • Stovetop
  • Sink Drain
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Inside the Stove Hood
  • Refrigerator Trays
  • Dishwasher
  • Cabinets
  • Stainless Steel Appliances

Paint Your Kitchen

Fresh Coat Of Paint

The color of your kitchen can entice you to get in there and cook or, order out as much as possible. However, you can change your kitchen color without painting the entire room a new color. Consider including a colorful or patterned accent wall in your kitchen. This is an easy paint project that will take a shorter time to complete, as opposed to painting the entire room. It’s also a good way to test a color you love and see if it works in the space.

If you’re considering painting your kitchen, create your budget and get to work. The average cost to paint a home interior is $1,655, depending on the size. You can significantly cut costs by making this a DIY project.

Refresh Your Cabinets

Update Kitchen Cabinets

Similarly, you can update your kitchen by changing the color of your cabinets. You don’t need a complete remodel to update the look. You can paint your cabinets and make them look like new again! While you can likely complete the painting in an afternoon, it may take a day or two to dry completely. Remember this as you’re planning your paint project. See our tutorial on the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets.

Another way to update your cabinets is by styling the inside. You can add a bit of color to the room every time you open to grab a dish. It’s a great place to add a bright color if you’re not ready to take the risk on your walls. This is also an ideal technique if you have open shelving.

Change Your Faucet

Change Out Your Faucet

If you’ve had the same sink hardware for years, it may be out-of-date. There are many new innovations in kitchen plumbing technology that not only look great, but add to the overall sustainability of your home. The average cost to install a faucet is $230 but this can vary based on the type of faucet you choose to install and if you plan to DIY this project.

Hanging Pots And Pans

Hang Your Pots & Pans

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Looking to add style to your kitchen while saving space? Hanging your pots and pans from an unused space like a bare wall, a cabinet or even from the ceiling. You’ll need a suitable hanging system. If you plan on using a wall, a rod and s-hooks should be enough to securely hold your cookware. In my home, we use a painted pegboard and hooks to keep our pans flat against the wall until we’re ready to use.

If you’re looking to utilize your ceiling, you’ll need to search for a hanging pot rack that fits your space. These use S-hooks, similarly to wall systems. Whatever you choose, the hard work comes in when it’s time to install. Make sure you have the materials necessary for your product to safely install.

Line Your Drawers

Decorate Your Drawers

Your drawers don’t have to be drab! Similarly, to the inside of your cabinets, you can decorate your drawers as well. Adding drawer liner is simple and will give them a unique look every time you reach for silverware. Of course, there are drawer liners sold in stores that are easy to apply, but those don’t often include a decorative element. If you’re looking to style your drawers with a unique pattern, try using fabric. Using fabric will also last longer than paper or other liner options. See Handmade Charlotte’s full tutorial on lining your drawers with fabric.


You don’t always need a complete kitchen remodel to change the look of your kitchen. In just a few hours, you can create a new look you love.

Looking for more ways to create a stylish kitchen? Read 11 Small Kitchen Ides That Make A Big Difference.

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