6 Quick Fixes to Wake Up a Tired Kitchen

These easy fixes won’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money, but they’ll change the look of your kitchen. And if you’re considering complete remodelling or designing a new kitchen, they’ll let you try out your ideas before committing to them wholeheartedly.

  1. Refresh the cabinets
    Not ready to invest in new cabinets? Refreshing the ones you have can be as simple as replacing the hardware. Consider porcelain knobs on white enamel. Think colour — spots of bright blue or yellow. Or go ultra-chic with brushed stainless steel. Or try painting your old, wooden cabinets. Be bold with your colour choices and don’t worry about matching everything. You can opt to just paint the cabinet doors. A rich grey against white or black looks especially new now.

    New cabinet hardward like door or drawer handles can go a long way in fixing up a tired kitchen. © NakedKitchens.com

    New cabinet hardward like door or drawer handles can go a long way in fixing up a tired kitchen. © NakedKitchens.com

  1. Cover the work surfaces
    This is super simple. A large wooden cutting board can hide ugly laminate. Or scatter large tiles over a boring or stained surface. They add color and class, and you can use them to put down a hot fry pan without worrying about setting the house on fire. Cleaning up is easy. Just pick up the dirty tile or board and wash it in the sink.
  1. Change up the lights
    Poor lighting can ruin even the most luxurious kitchen, and new options make it easier than ever to create an optimal atmosphere. Opt for a series of hanging lamps over your work island. Add spots under your cabinets. Or attach a line of LED lights under the shelves of a glass-fronted cabinet to showcase your favourite dishes and glassware.

    A series of hanging lamps over your work island will do justice to a luxurious work space. © Leicht.com

    A series of hanging lamps over your work island will do justice to a luxurious work space. © Leicht.com

  1. Replace an old appliance
    If you’ve been struggling along with an old refrigerator, invest in a new one. The Grundig Total Cooling No Frost will save you money. Its energy efficiency can lower your electric bills and its anti-bacteria and temperature control systems mean no more spoiled foods. Plus, it has a nifty digital display with a stand-by option for saving on energy while you’re away from home.
  1. Add a rug
    With new easy to clean synthetic fibers and slip-proof backing, kitchen rugs have become commonplace. They add color and draw the eye away from less pleasing areas of the room. The newest rugs are 240 cm long or more, and designs can have all the panache of a handmade kilim.

    Get all the panache of a handmade kilim by adding a right-sized rug to your kitchen. © Leicht.com

    Get all the panache of a handmade kilim by adding a right-sized rug to your kitchen. © Leicht.com

  1. Dress up the backsplash
    If you don’t want the headache of ripping out a tired backsplash to replace it, dress it the one you have. Vinyl decals, made specifically for the purpose, can conceal broken or stained tiles or serve as a backsplash on their own. Use them all over, in a stripe or alternating design to add touches of pattern. The newest self-stick vinyl fabric is so tough and durable, it can even be used to cover floors.