Any home update project is a big task. While the end result is often a beautiful new space in your home that you can enjoy like it is brand new, the journey there can be time consuming and costly. If you are updating a commonly used room like your kitchen, then a big project can also completely interrupt your life. Living without a functioning kitchen while you complete your desired upgrades can be a pain, but the end result is going to be worth it. Many homeowners say that upgrading their kitchen was like moving into a whole new home again. For people that are busy with life and do not want to deal with the added hassle of having contractors in their home every day, there is a solution. There are many smaller Do it Yourself projects that you can do on your own time. It will spare you the cost of hiring a contractor, and it will be less of an interruption to your daily life (when done slowly.)
We love DIY home projects, so we have compiled a list of the easiest kitchen updates that you can do on your own time:
- Update your home lighting. The easiest way to guess when a home was built is to look at the lighting fixtures. Standard fixtures from the 90’s will often be track lighting or big fluorescent bulbs with an old cheap fixture covering them. For an in-depth update, you can completely remove your old lighting (especially if it is track lighting) and add a more modern lighting system in its place. Or if you are looking for something a little easier you can visit your lighting hardware distributer and select some unique and modern fixtures to place over your existing lighting. If you go the easier route, then you will not even need to have an electrician pay you a visit.
- Make an update to your kitchen cabinets. If you step back and take a look at your kitchen as a whole, you will see that the majority of the space in your kitchen is taken up by the cabinets and cupboards. By trading those out for some new ones, you are making a change that will affect the majority of the room. For a big project, you can completely replace the old cabinets with new ones. This also will allow you to create more storage space in your kitchen as many homes were built with cabinets that do not stretch all the way to the ceiling. You can also create custom storage areas for items that typically take up more space, like a drawer that holds all of your cooking lids. If you want an easier project then you can give the room a facelift by replacing just the front of the cabinets with new doors or with new hardware. Or if you want something that is even easier, you can just remove the doors and paint them or stain them a different color and rehang them.