Simple Affordable Modern Kitchen Upgrades

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As we’ve agreed upon in the past, the kitchen is the heart of the home, so it should never be neglected in the style department. Kitchen renovations can send shivers up your spin. Even the thought of the disruption it brings to your home, let alone the cost, is enough to make you turn a blind eye to your dated kitchen finishings. 

Here are a few easy upgrades you can handle in a weekend that won’t break the bank and will dramatically change the whole vibe of your home.

Paint. Never forget the power of paint. JAC is always in support of keeping it clean white and bright in the kitchen. It invokes sterile happy feelings in the one place in the home where cleanliness is essential. Tackle the walls in a weekend, but refinishing cabinets is a HUGE job and may take a few weekends and a strong team, depending on the size of your kitchen.

Retile your backsplash. Consult a contractor friend or blog before diving in, but once you do, it’s totally manageable. Again, keep it clean, and simple as to not date the space. We always support a good white tile or stone backdrop. Starting with neutral backgrounds will give you more flexibility with adding accessories in the future. 

Change out the hardware on your cabinets and drawers. Possibly the easiest and the most rewarding of all these tips. A great way to add a little personality into the mix and you won’t believe the impact it has on the overall space. 

Add open shelving. Floating open shelving is a really modern way to add storage as well as provide a great place to display your pretty glassware, dishware or other kitchen related collectables. It also forces you to keep your life in order, which could be a blessing or a curse.

Don’t neglect the floors. Now, we’re not talking refinishing the floors. Easier yet, just add a great runner along the island or an area rug in front of the stove or sink. Rugs are a great way to add color and texture to a often too sterile room, making it feel more inviting and infinitely more comfortable.

Change the lighting. Nothing worse than a dark kitchen, so add a really cool affordable pendant light over the sink or two or three over the island, or a great sconce over your new open shelving. It instantly adds style and function to your dated space.