5 Simple Kitchen Upgrades to Make Today


The kitchen is a very important room in the house. You use it to spend time with family over delicious and healthy meals. You perform daily tasks in the kitchen, such as doing homework or paying bills. And you use it for entertaining guests.

Because of its constant use, and because kitchens add the most equity to your home, you should try to keep your kitchen as updated as you possibly can. While some kitchen renovations will cost a small (or large) fortune, there are some smaller upgrades you can make on your own that are less expensive, yet still make your kitchen that much better. So don’t worry about calling in an expert plumber for your kitchen renovation. The following are five simple kitchen upgrades you can do yourself.

Change cabinet hardware.

It seems like a small gesture, but changing out the dated hardware on your kitchen cabinets will do more for your kitchen than you think. Any home improvement store will have a variety of cabinet hardware options for you to choose from, so be sure to check out and choose one that is more modern and fits with your style. Try to stick with contemporary finishes, such as nickel or bronze, instead of brass. In most cases, the new hardware installation can be done with a screwdriver and some patience.


Painting your kitchen a new color can also be an easy and cheap way to make some necessary upgrades. You can stick with a neutral color throughout, or you can add an accent wall for a more dramatic look. Just be sure to stick with an eggshell or semi-gloss paint, which will make for an easier cleanup in case anything were to spill on the walls.

Add some backsplash.

Adding kitchen backsplash is a great way to make some improvements in your kitchen, and it’s actually pretty simple to do. Choose a tile that works well with the style of your kitchen as well as your décor and personal preferences. Then, get on your way to adding a nice touch. You can learn how to tile a backsplash by watching a YouTube video or siting through a demonstration at your local home improvement store. Just be sure to follow the directions, and you can complete this project quickly and for cheap.

Update light fixtures.

Dated and drab light fixtures can hinder the potential of your kitchen. Make sure that you replace anything old, broken, or ugly with something better. You can either buy completely new light fixtures, or you can spray paint old fixtures with a more modern color in order to save some more cash. Plus, you should also consider adding in some under-cabinet lighting too for added style and convenience.

Change your faucet.

If you have an old or ugly faucet in your kitchen, you can easily replace this too. Try to stick with the same style or theme as your light fixtures or cabinet hardware to complete the look. Plus, the faucet will come with instructions, so this is something you can easily tackle on your own.

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  • Sage

    Great tips! Unfortunately for me and my ugly Danish kitchen, the selection of styles here is very limited and everything is so expensive. Painting a small kitchen can easily cost a couple hundred dollars. The default here look is Ikea, and if you don’t like Ikea, you’re out of luck 🙁

  • Alli

    I spruced up my kitchen a few years ago by adding new granite countertops, faucets, backsplash and appliances. I also bought new cabinet hardware. I was amazed at how those few changes totally transformed my kitchen and I didn’t have to replace my cabinets . . . yet. 🙂

  • Nancy

    Ah, one of the many reasons I cannot wait to get my own home (we rent). All of the lovely things I want to do to this place, but can’t since it’s not mine lol

  • Betsy BPhotoArt.com

    Great tips! We recently painted our kitchen — no other changes, and boy does it make a difference. Honestly, you could also add another upgrade — tossing the clutter. I find our kitchen looks like it got an upgrade when I actually take the time to clear the counters and not leave stray appliances out. 🙂

  • Angelic Sinova

    Great tips! It’s crazy how much a little upgrade can do for the overall look of the room. We changed our faucet about two years ago and boy did it make all the difference <3

  • Heather

    We will be painting our kitchen again and we are already in the process of replacing our lighting to the LED daylight bright lights. Next will be a backsplash.

  • samantha

    This is a great list. I find that i walk in my kitchen and feel like its missing a element. And this list might help. Giving a facelift to your kitchen doesnt have to cost thousands.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    These are awesome kitchen upgrade ideas indeed. I am going to do all of these except paint because it wasn’t to long ago that my son and I painted my kitchen. Thanks for shairng.

  • Dogvills

    Those are really simple upgrades. I am in deer need of changing light and painting. It will do wonders to my kitchen

  • brook

    Great tips.actually we have to take care about these things.its important to upgrade the kitchen also.it gives you good sensation while you are in it cooking etc

  • Ron Leyba

    Changing light fixtures always do the trick! My wife wanted different kinds of lights at her kitchen and until now, she’s not finished redecorating the whole kitchen.

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