Easy Kitchen Upgrades

Kitchen looking tired and need a facelift? There are easy kitchen upgrades that can make a huge difference in refreshing your home. Small changes like switching out your hardware for modern choices, putting in new countertops, refacing your cabinets and changing up your lighting all make a big difference for one of your most-used spaces.

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Easy Kitchen Upgrades

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Hardware is one of the easiest things to change and gets you instant credit. We love vintage styles like crystal or glass knobs on clean white cabinets or bright brass mid-century modern brackets on gray cabinets. The combination of a classic look on a modern surface is a match made in hardware heaven!

Easy Kitchen Upgrades

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Vintage cup pulls, seen in the photo above here, are gorgeous and practical in kitchens (you can grab at them easily and quickly). Take a look at brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze and chrome finishes.

Easy Kitchen Upgrades

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Countertops are a great facelift. Not as quick and easy as cabinet hardware but certainly not as time-consuming as ripping everything out and starting from scratch. Pictured above is quartzite, a new material that mimics the look of marble but is minus the maintenance (less porous and less sustainable to staining). Also take a look at soapstone, wood, stainless steel and solid surface composite. For more information on countertop materials, check out this Remodelista article.

Easy Kitchen Upgrades

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Oh swoon, how fabulous are those blue-gray cabinets! This kitchen is perfectly balanced with the stark white of the subway tile and the bright brass features. For a kitchen cabinet redo, you have a few options. You can rip everything out and replace with all new cabinets and boxes. Or alternatively, and with a little less fuss, you can reface your existing kitchen cabinets and the boxes. Hire a professional for this project, unless you’re an accomplished DIYer, it’s a lot of steps before you’re finished (and of course, we’d love to help you!).

Easy Kitchen Upgrades

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See things in a new light! Updating your lighting makes a huge difference. For under-cabinet, consider LED strip lighting. It lasts longer than incandescent and is easy to install. If you’re looking for spotlights, puck lighting (small circles) can be drilled into the bottom of your cabinets and provide a good solution. But it’s not all under cabinet! Don’t neglect your ceiling light fixtures and don’t settle for builders grade! Retailers like Ikea, Lamps Plus and home improvement retailers offer affordable, modern options—we love hanging drum lights!


Have you taken on a kitchen remodel in the past? Any advice? If you’re thinking about one now, are you looking for a full redo or are you looking a new look with small upgrades? Tell us!


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