10 Easy Kitchen Upgrades
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Install under-cabinet lighting. Once you install under-cabinet lighting, you’ll wonder how you ever prepped meals without it. It’s so much easier to read recipes and see what you’re doing with countertops that are properly illuminated. (Under-cabinet lighting is also great for showing off a decorative backsplash.) You can choose from strip, puck or bar lights.
Use a pot rack. Running out of cabinet space? Consider a pot rack for pots, pans and large utensils. While ceiling-mounted racks are popular, you might also think about a wall-mounted rack. Just make sure that whatever you use is mounted properly and can withstand the weight of your pots.
Add a rug runner. A runner serves double duty—it helps cushion your feet as well as adds warmth to your kitchen. To keep it looking its best, choose a runner that’s machine washable or that’s designed for outdoor use (so that you can hose it off).
Hang open shelves. If you have the space, hanging open (also called “floating”) shelves is a great solution for breaking up the look of heavy cabinetry. Use open shelves to store essentials like plates and bowls, or for decorative pieces, like pottery.
Add a backsplash. A backsplash packs a lot of style per square inch. And you have a lot of options when it comes to a DIY backsplash, from individual tile and sheets of mosaic tile, to beadboard and peel-and-stick wallpaper or vinyl.
Refresh with paint
Remove cabinet doors. Convert some closed upper cabinets to open shelving by removing the cabinet doors. Then jazz up the interiors with a paint color that pops.
Add drawer dividers. Neater drawers mean less time digging around for your go-to spatula. Drawer dividers help you corral everything from utensils to kitchen tools, cutting the clutter, so you can easily find what you need.
Replace your faucet
Light things up
Think outside the cabinet
Warm up your floor
Display your favorite things
Add interest with a backsplash
Say goodbye to cabinet doors
Cut the clutter