4 Ways to Transform Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

By Haley Kieser

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in your home. It’s where you cook, eat, and hang out with your friends and family. Because of all the time that’s spent in this room, it’s only natural that one would want to make sure that it looks amazing and well-put together. This means having the right colors, the best kind of design elements from the type of counters you have to the type of curtains you use for the windows and having the right kind of layout that’s most beneficial for your home. Many homeowners who go looking for a brand-new kitchen typically turn to remodeling to get their dream kitchen, and it’s understandable why they would go to remodel first: you get exactly what you want and your kitchen comes out looking brand spanking new.
However, remodeling is an option that can turn out to be incredibly expensive and time consuming and, if you live a very busy life and you’re on a budget, that option might not be possible. Or perhaps you love your kitchen’s foundation and you just need some final touches in order to find your dream kitchen. Either way, there are quite a few ways to transform your kitchen without having to dump thousands of dollars into a massive kitchen remodeling project.

1.  Painting your cabinets

A fresh coat of paint never hurt anybody. Rather than go through the trouble of completely replacing your kitchen cabinets and cupboards, why not paint them? If your cabinets are still in good condition, why not try revitalizing it with some paint? The process to painting the cabinets is fairly straightforward: select your paint system (primers, colors, topcoats, etc.), prep your surface by thoroughly cleaning it and even sanding it down so that you can have a smooth application, and come in with your coating system. If you don’t have time for a do-it-yourself job, no worries! There are plenty of professional services that are available if you have room in your budget. If you’re planning on selling your home, go for gray, white, or another neutral color: neutrals typically have the best resale value.

2.  Switch up your color palette


Never underestimate the power of a color palette. It’s widely known that color can affect a person’s psychological state, and this can be used to your advantage when remodeling your kitchen. The best way to go about this is by keeping your kitchen primarily neutral and adding pops of color, whether the color shows up in our dishes, curtains, or your tea towels. You can also use fruit bowls or even a stack of colorful cookbooks to help add color to your kitchen. It helps to make sure these accent pieces are small because that makes replacing them when they get stagnant a little more manageable.

3. Update your lighting system

Often times, having older lighting in your kitchen contributes to making it look old and dated. Simply changing your lighting will have it looking brand new. It’s also worth noting that lighting possibilities don’t stop at switching out the one single large fixture in your kitchen. Try adding more light sources; if you have a bar/island area, try installing hanging light fixtures. Adding working lights in your cabinets also add a more modern vibe to your kitchen. If you want to explore your options furthermore, try looking at lights that change colors. That way, you’ll be able to create any kind of environment simply by changing the color of your lights. With excellent lighting, anything is possible.

4. Try adding stick-on tiles

Just because you aren’t committing to a full remodeling job doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have a gorgeous backsplash. These types of additions are small and are easy to apply. Stick-on tiles for your backsplash are great alternatives because you’re given the freedom to remove them and switch it up if you want something new. Furthermore, they’re a great way to help you visualize a certain look in the event that you save up money and decide to actually get a more permanent installation done. One of the biggest benefits from this is that the value if your house increases because of these small, but effective, additions.