Want a new kitchen but don’t want to spend the money or time necessary on a major renovation? Check out Kelly Morisseau’s tips to improve your space with some “right now” partial remodeling ideas.
BRIGHTEN UP THE LIGHTING.
“Good lighting has the psychological effect of making your kitchen feel brighter, more cheerful, less cavernous, and easier to work in,” Morisseau says.
Switching out small ceiling-mounted lights for larger or brighter, energy-efficient fixtures will make the room’s ambient lighting more luxurious. Task lighting, such as undercabinet lighting, can add brightness to the counters. While some undercabinet lighting is hardwired behind the wall, for a quick fix use models that can be plugged into the nearest receptacle outlet.
ADD ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS.
Try simply adding better-quality — and prettier — trim, such as baseboards, crown molding, and door and window casings.
SPLURGE ON ONE APPLIANCE.
Splurging on a professional range won’t necessarily put lesser-quality appliances in the shade. Consider buying last year’s models or buying in the fall for the best deals, Morisseau suggests. Those easily removed, such as the dishwasher, range, and refrigerator, are the simplest appliances to replace. Make sure the new appliances will fit in the existing cabinet openings and line up with the existing countertop depth before purchasing.
REFRESH YOUR FITTINGS.
If your cabinets and drawers aren’t functional for your needs, consider purchasing after-market items, such as spice or cutlery trays, lazy Susans, roll-out shelving, smooth drawer glides, and pot and pan organizers, from home improvement stores to get custom interior fittings without replacing the cabinetry itself.
DON’T SKIMP ON KNOBS.
Most of us have heard that replacing cabinet hardware is one of the easier and cheaper ways of updating a kitchen, but the knobs you choose are important. “Anything below $3 will have to be replaced in less than two years,” Morrisseau says. “What you’re looking for is heft and weight. How does the handle or knob feel in your hand? is it very light or is it weighty? If you can, select the heavier weight. A lighter knob may be hollow in the middle or it may have been made with cheap metal. There is also a significant weight difference between an acrylic knob and a glass one.”
STAGE IT LIKE A PRO.
Add items like the glasses, stools, artfully arranged plates, decorative items, rugs, and flowers to update your space without lifting a hammer.
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