5 ways to make your kitchen look brand new

November 6, 2014

Instead of taking on a professional renovation, here are some simple steps for sprucing up your kitchen on your own.

A kitchen sees more wear and tear than any other room in the house, so it's not surprising it needs to be updated more often. But that doesn't mean it needs to cost you the big bucks. Learn how you can save money with some of these DIY kitchen renovation tips.

5 ways to make your kitchen look brand new

1. Update the backsplash

The backsplash is the part of your kitchen wall behind your counters and stove that takes a beating when you cook. It gets dirty often and but even if you clean it well, it will eventually begin to look worn or even suffer from stains. If you want to update your backsplash, you don't have to pay for expensive tiles. Consider using a coat of waterproof paint, contact paper or DIY tiling kits. This can make your whole kitchen look fresh and new again.

2. Paint the cabinets

To make cabinets look like new, you don't need to pull them out and put in a new set. Consider repainting the cabinets with a fresh coat of the same colour, or even a brand new colour to give your space a fresh look. Make sure to remove handles and drawer pulls first to avoid getting paint on the handles.

3. Replace handles and knobs

In addition to painting cabinets and drawers, think about replacing your cabinet handles and drawer knobs. You can remove most handles and knobs by simply unscrewing them. Hardware and home goods stores often have a wide selection of knobs to choose from. To make sure the new knobs fit in the existing holes, be sure to bring one of the old ones with you to the store.

4. Refinish or clean the floors

You can refinish your existing floors to make your kitchen feel like new. While vinyl floors will simply need to be cleaned, wood floors can be covered with a new coat of finish to make them appear shiny and spotless. You can also consider cleaning the tile grout in your tile kitchen floors with a mixture made of equal parts dish soap and vinegar, then scrubbing with a toothbrush.

5. Replace the faucets

Kitchen sink faucets get rusty and dirty. Consider replacing the faucet in your kitchen with a new one. To replace a faucet, simply remove the existing one and bring it with you to a hardware store. A hardware professional can help you pick out a new one that fits your taste and your kitchen sink.

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