1. Mix and Match Countertops
Not all surfaces have to be the same. Wood countertops are reasonably priced, easy to install and can add a ton of character. Replace a small standalone prep area or do the whole kitchen.
2. Tin-Tile Backsplash
This is an easy project that should cost you no more than $100. Tin tile has many advantages: Its reflective properties will brighten a room, it is easy to clean and it comes in a variety of finishes to match your kitchen’s hardware and fixtures.
3. Use All Wall Space
Incorporate storage onto your backsplash and walls. Besides pre-made shelves, many retailers sell hooks, racks and rails that will hold all sorts of kitchen gadgets.
4. Swap Out the Faucet
A new fixture can add that extra shine you’re looking for. New faucets have a lot more functionality, so the upgrade can be more than just aesthetic. This is a good first-time DIY plumbing project to try. Just make sure you shut off the water valves and follow the directions carefully.
5. Try a Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Kit
An all-in-one mosaic tile kit is a snap to install and comes with everything you need, including the tools. The tile is peel-and-stick and the grout is pre-mixed so you save time, mess and money.
6. Expose the Walls
Open shelves visually add space because you are seeing more of the room’s walls. Think creatively when designing shelving. Here, the galvanized metal pipes used for supports add a funky industrial style.
7. Incorporate Furniture
This old oak side table was integrated into the kitchen island to add vintage charm. Search secondhand stores for treasures like this. Don’t worry what the top of the piece looks like; you can cover it with butcher block or a remnant of natural stone.
8. New Lighting
After you install a new backsplash, countertop or what-have-you, you’ll want to show if off — new lighting can do just that. Add light sources that don’t require electrical work, or install bigger and better fixtures in the same spot.
9. Add Seating
A half-wall that separated the kitchen from the living area was turned into a breakfast bar with extra shelving. The vertical support holding up the table is hinged, allowing the tabletop to be folded down.
10. Paint Kitchen Cabinets
This project can take the better part of a weekend, but if done right, your kitchen will look brand new, and you’ll add value to your home.