Renovating Your Kitchen Without Destroying it First

Renovating Your Kitchen Without Destroying it First
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    Renovations can be a huge deal.

    They can take months, destroy your house, and make you wish you had never done them in the first place.

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I mean, Chinese food is great, but who wants to eat it 3 times a week for months on end? I don’t know many people who would be excited about that.

However, there are some things you can do that won’t completely destroy your kitchen! True, you won’t end up with more floor space, but if you’re just looking for a new look or an update, this is a great way to go. You can avoid the headache and save your wallet a bit.

Add Storage

There might not be a kitchen in the universe where some additional storage couldn’t be used. It’s a great, easy way to get rid of unwanted clutter and give your whole kitchen a facelift. Adding storage can mean almost anything, so what you choose to do will depend on what you want.

The easiest thing to do is to add some shelving. This can be open shelves that combine storage with display, or it can be slightly more complex, like refurbishing a section of a wall to hold shelving, instead of just being a blank wall.

Actually, what I have wound up doing is adding small hangers to our wall, and using them to hang pans and decorate the walls. It adds a focal point and frees up a significant amount of cabinet space.

Find a New Focal Point

Ok, this one can be a bit more of a project than just splashing some paint around, but if you have an appliance that’s an older model, it can be well worth the effort. A new focal point is a big deal in a kitchen, and there are tons of ways to make it work for you.

This can be something like new countertops, a backsplash, or, as mentioned above, a new appliance. It can even be something as simple as a hanging pot rack. Whatever you choose to do, a new focal point in the kitchen is sure to make it feel like new, even if it’s really not.

Refresh Cabinets

Cabinets are generally a big focal point in the kitchen, right up there with the counters. If you want to update your place without a total remodel, it makes sense to start here. Yes, it will interfere some, but there are plenty of routes you can take that will minimize the disruption.

Instead of replacing all your cabinets, take a second look. Do they really need to be replace, or are you just bored with them? As long as there are no structural issues, and you aren’t planning on ripping out any walls, there a good chance that something as simple as a coat of paint could work!

Of course, painted cabinets might not be exactly what you’re looking for. In that case, think about how to customize the cabinets just for you. Quite a few retailers are willing to sell you just the front of cabinets, which doesn’t involve having to take the whole thing down and start over. Plus, you can always just buy one new face and see how it looks, so you have some more room for trial and error.

Get Good Lighting

If there’s one thing missing from most kitchens, it’s good lighting. It’s amazingly important to have, especially if you want to avoid cutting off the tips of your fingers!

Luckily, it’s easy to install better lighting. Under-cabinet lights are a great way to shine light on some of the darker areas, and a good way to make sure you didn’t miss any spots on the pans. Installing them with a dimmer switch also lets you create some romantic lighting if the mood calls for it.

Whatever you choose to do, it’s important to remember you can give your kitchen a whole new look without getting a whole new kitchen. So avoid the mess and hassle of a total overhaul, and get a new look in a weekend.

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