Kitchen Makeover Ideas to Update Your Home

Mondrian Kitchen
Creative Commons License photo credit: army.arch

It has been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Most families spend a great amount of time in the kitchen. Since this room is one of the busiest and most valuable rooms in your home, it is often the most overlooked when it comes to updating. You do not have to spend a fortune however to update the look of your kitchen. Kitchen makovers can be done with just a few inexpensive touches.

Redoing your kitchen cabinets is a simple way to update your kitchen. however, if you cannot afford new cabinets, there are a lot of ingenious ways to makeover your existing ones. The most obvious way is to repaint your cabinets. If your kitchen is rather small, painting your cabinets white will open up that space and make your kitchen seem bigger. If you wish to give your kitchen a sophisticated flare, consider darker colors such as chocolate brown, green, or black. Painting your base cupboards black and your upper cabinets cream gives your kitchen the look of a quaint French bistro. This color combination coordinates well with decorative elements made of wood and steel. Finishes such as crackling and over-glazing look really good on old kitchen cabintry. If you are not into painting and want to try a different look on your solid wood cabinets, try stripping the color or finish from your cabinets. Then apply a new stain mixed with a few drops of colored pigmented oil added. You can purchase the pigmented oil at any craft or hobby store.

By creating a textured backsplash or updating a window treatment, you can achieve depth and drama to your kitchen decor. For a Tuscan look, mount terracotta pavers as a backsplash. Apply a contrasting mortar for a custom look. Another great idea for updating your kitchen windows is to replace your old conventional blinds with window shutters for a plantation look.

Making over your kitchen can be very easy without breaking the bank. All it really takes is a little creativity and some imagination. Your kitchen will be the envy of your friends and neighbors.