Aug 02 2022

Top 12 tips for an easy kitchen update

Make your house a home with one of these surprisingly simple kitchen updates.

Whether you’ve just moved in or have lived in your home for years: These user-friendly kitchen update ideas can give you more for less. No house flip needed.

Why start in the kitchen? You’ve probably heard it said that the kitchen is the most important (read: most used) room in the house. When it comes to cost versus value, kitchen upgrades also have a relatively high return on investment: at 71.2 percent for a minor remodel.

Making even a few small changes can change how you enjoy the central room of your house—while helping to improve your property value.

12 kitchen updates that don’t require a major renovation

These simple projects can be done on your own or with minimal outside help:

1. Add a backsplash.

Backsplash is the way to go if you want to make a big statement at a fairly affordable price. You can hire a professional to install backsplash for around $1,000. Or watch some YouTube tutorials and do it yourself for a fraction of the cost. Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles are also an option.

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2. Buy a new appliance.

Sometimes, it’s that easy. Purchasing a new stainless-steel refrigerator or double-oven cooktop is enough to give your kitchen an instant facelift. If you’re looking to save, consider buying “open box” or slightly used from retailers like Lowe’s and Best Buy—potentially cutting more than half the price.

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3. Consider new flooring.

On the hunt for low-cost kitchen flooring, luxury vinyl is likely to be your best choice. Thanks to the hardwood flooring shortage throughout the pandemic driving up prices, more homeowners have turned to luxury vinyl tiles (typically peel-and-stick with grouting), costing around $3 to $18 per square foot.

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4. Get an island.

Adding a kitchen island can introduce a brand-new surface for cooking or dining, if you have the room for it. A rolling island may cost anywhere from $400 to $1,000 and can be custom-built through a site like Etsy. Purchasing an island with a butcher-block countertop and plenty of storage space is recommended.

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5. Hang wallpaper.

Wallpaper is back (and may never have actually gone out of style, depending on who you ask). If you haven’t shopped wallpaper lately, you may be surprised at the variety of options available: Think scenery, graphics, vintage prints, and more. You can install it yourself for around $1 to $7 a square foot.'

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6. Install new countertops.

If you’re going to put in countertops yourself, look for post-form countertops, considered to be the easiest for DIY installation. Or price contractors near you if you’re in need of guidance. Another option is to purchase a countertop paint kit, giving you a whole new look for around a hundred dollars.

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7. Make a coffee bar.

This is your chance to get creative: Clear out a crowded nook, hang floating shelves, or put in a new cabinet. Arrange your coffee wares and buy a new espresso machine, while you’re at it. Hang mugs from a hook or store them on shelves, and display coffee beans or grounds in glass jars.

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8. Put in new lighting.

Swap out old hanging pendant lights with bolder, statement fixtures—or look into installing pendants if you don’t have any. Some “illuminating” over-island pendant picks include industrial dome lights, globe lanterns, frosted bell lights, and even an antique gold chandelier.

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9. Repaint cabinets.

Touch up chipped paint or make worn cabinets new again with a totally different color. (Right now, white, black, baby blue, and earthy greens are trending.) Metal, wood, and wood-laminate are considered some of the easiest cabinet materials to repaint.

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10. Replace window treatments.

Whether it’s broken blinds or tattered curtains that need replacing, new window treatments offer another inexpensive transformation. Purchase brightly patterned curtains to add a pop of color. Put in shutters to keep out heat and conserve energy in the summer. Or hang linen to let in more light.

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10. Replace window treatments.

Whether it’s broken blinds or tattered curtains that need replacing, new window treatments offer another inexpensive transformation. Purchase brightly patterned curtains to add a pop of color. Put in shutters to keep out heat and conserve energy in the summer. Or hang linen to let in more light.

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12. Update hardware.

Will it be matte black, brushed gold, brass, or a combination of your favorites? Kitchen hardware is inexpensive and easy to find at your local home improvement store. Once you’ve made your purchase, you can update most components—cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, and even sink handles—in an afternoon.

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Turn a good home into a great one

For renovations large and small, you have funding options. You could tap into your growing equity or even use an all-in-one Renovation Loan, allowing you to stay put and transform your existing house into a dream home. Ask your Loan Officer for details.

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