Every now and then we feel the need to change something in our home - whether it’s the bedroom, the living room or the kitchen. Although remodeling the entire kitchen would be amazing, you can also start with smaller steps. Check out the ideas below on how to update your kitchen in just one afternoon!

“The kitchen is the heart of every home, for the most part. It evokes memories of your family history.” - Debi Mazar

Place a rug in front of the sink

White is a classic and clean color.
White is a classic and clean color! Image source: My Texas House

Want something easier than placing a rug in front of the sink?! There are so many different styles, materials, and colors that you can even choose a different one for each week of the month.

Renew Cabinet Knobs And Drawer Pulls

New knobs and pulls can do wonder in your kitchen.
New knobs and pulls can do wonders in your kitchen. Image source: Style by Emily Henderson

Painting or swapping out your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls might not seem such a big deal, but it’s a great upgrade to your kitchen. You can check this easy spray painting guide or this complete step-by-step knobs, pulls and handles replacement tutorial.

Contact Paper For Cabinets And Toe Kicks

You can use different colors of contact paper to style your kitchen.
You can use different colors of contact paper to style your kitchen. Image source: Design Sponge

Contact paper is probably the easiest and most affordable way to instantly upgrade basically any piece of furniture. It can be used on picture frames, tile floors, but what we’re looking for here are kitchen cabinets and toe kicks. For this project, you’ll actually need a few more things:

  • Contact paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Razor Blade
  • Pencil

Simply cut the contact paper and place it where you want to. It’s easy and quick!

Customize Your Fridge

Look at this beautiful polka dot decor.
Look at this beautiful polka dot decor! Image source: At Home In Love

The fridge is a big part of your kitchen since it’s an appliance that stands out, and that’s just another reason why you should transform it into something beautiful to look at. There are several options to upgrade it by using:

If you don’t want to do such a major change on your fridge, try making or customizing magnets or adding some refrigerator storage!

Label Your Jars

Adorable way to decorate your jars.
Adorable way to decorate your jars. Image source: Bless’er House

Things can get a bit messy if you don’t pay attention to what you’re doing in the kitchen, so a good way to avoid this mess is to label your jars. Check out these awesome printables at The Creativity Exchange that will make your jars beautiful!

Decorate with Small Objects

For a more friendly kitchen, show off colorful objects.
For a more friendly kitchen, show off colorful objects, such as dishcloths and aprons. Image source: Better Homes & Gardens

You can instantly update your kitchen by displaying some new objects or colorful additions. Either displaying knives, pans, or kitchenware, you can make the most out of it by installing a pot rack or some floating shelves.

Change Your Switch Plates

Innovate with small things.
Innovate with small things. Image source: Kitchnn

You can easily update the outlets by taping or painting the covers, or by switching to new ones entirely. The basic steps you need to follow are:

  1. Shut down electric power
  2. Remove the plate cover
  3. Give a double check if the wires aren’t live
  4. Make a note with the right connecting sequence
  5. Disconnect the wires from the plate
  6. Place your new switch

Or you can call a professional to get it done.

Add Fabric to Cabinets

Think about all the different wallpapers your could use.
Think about all the different wallpapers you could use. Image source: Apartment Therapy

This idea is great to create a focal point in your kitchen if you have open cabinets. Find a colorful or patterned fabric that matches your kitchen style and be bold!

Repaint Your Mugs

Just another happy day.
Just another happy day! Image source: Jarder Bomb

The perfect project to make a small change if you have mugs in display around your kitchen. This Mika Chan video shows you the step-by-step.

Dip-dye Wooden Spoons

Beautiful and simple DIY.
Beautiful and simple DIY. Image source: Peonies and Pears

Wooden spoons never get old, still, you can revamp them into colorful utensils and make cooking time a lot happier. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial.

Add Some Natural Green

Keep it simple and classy.
Keep it simple and classy. Image source: HGTV

Plants are a jack of all trades when it comes to decoration, they can match with whatever planning you have in mind. In the kitchen, you can place them:

  • At the top of your fridge
  • Beside the sink
  • On the countertop
  • As a centerpiece on the table
  • Etc

Besides, there are several advantages in having houseplants.

Hang Window Treatments

Find the option that suits your taste.
Find the option that suits your taste! Image source: HGTV

Among the many many options for window treatments, such as curtains, blinds, and drapery, you can go with the one you like best and add a personal touch. Be creative!

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