Make Your Kitchen Cabinets POP With These Easy Makeover Ideas

Is your kitchen looking a little tired? You can easily bring it back to life by transforming your kitchen cabinets with these simple ideas – keep reading!

 

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Not everyone can afford a full kitchen renovation, as we all know this can cost not thousands – but tens of thousands of dollars. New marble countertops, new cabinets, faucets, and a brand new backsplash can really make a dent in your wallet. However, there are some easy ways to improve your kitchen’s look with a simple makeover without breaking the bank. Here are some easy ways to amp up your cabinets and make a HUGE impact to your kitchen:

Cabinet Hardware

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Your heard it here first – the most affordable kitchen hardware you can actually buy on Aliexpress! I recently purchase gold handles for my kitchen cabinets for only $2 a piece and they look – amazing! You can easily give your kitchen a whole new vibe/look by just updating your kitchen cabinet handles.

Add Mirrors

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Mirrored everything is so super popular these days, but we all know that mirrored furniture can be extremely expensive. If you have pre assembled kitchen cabinets, you can easily get a mirror cut to fit your size and glue it onto the surface of your cabinet. OR, if you already have a glass window on your cabinet, it’s even easier. Remove the glass and get it switched with mirrored glass. It’s easy to add mirrored panels in your existing kitchen cabinets. Go to your local glass shop and ask about your options – we swear it will be worth it!

Add Molding

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If you have flat kitchen cabinets, adding some molding to give it a sophisticated, classic look is easier that you thought. All you need is some molding trim from Home Depot, a nail gun, and some paint. You’ve got yourself a whole new look, for under $100.

A Fresh Lick of Paint

If your kitchen cabinets are made from solid wood, it’s easy to sand them down and apply a fresh lick of paint. Some popular colors today are matte grey or matte white paired with beautiful gold or silver hardware. Whatever color you choose; make sure it matches your kitchen’s backsplash and flooring.

Opt for Floating Shelves

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A popular look for kitchens today is to remove the cabinets completely and install floating shelves. Ikea produces LACK floating shelves that look not only sleek and glamorous, but also expensive as well. If this is something you would consider, be prepared to restore the wall behind your kitchen cabinets as it could need some work after years of holding up cabinets. You can extend your kitchen backsplash now to the ceiling and make a beautiful statement in your kitchen without having to shell out loads of cash.

Did your kitchen recently have a makeover? What are some things you used to update your current kitchen without having to do a full kitchen reno – share in the comments below!

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Making the Most of A Small Space: Creating A Multi-functional Room in Your Home

Living in a small space can present a multitude of issues. What do you do if you need to work from home, but you have no space for an office?

 

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Sometimes it is difficult to imagine a solution to your space issues. Thinking outside of the box is often required to successfully utilize your space in an efficient and practical manner while attempting to maintain a pleasing aesthetic that does not seem cluttered.

Organization is Key

Organization is key to maximizing the space in any home. It is especially crucial when you live in a smaller home. Utilizing every inch of available space in an organized and efficient manner will help minimize the claustrophobic feeling of a cluttered space.

Photo: Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.

Re-imagine Your Space

On occasion, you may find that one space needs to function in multiple capacities. Do you need an office space and a hobby area, but there isn’t an extra room to dedicate those tasks? Perhaps you live in an apartment that consists of one bedroom, a living are and a kitchen with a small eating area. Looking at your space you feel overwhelmed or possibly defeated because you simply cannot imagine creating areas for everything you want or need to accomplish.

Look at your dining area. By re-imagining your space and using some creative thinking you can create a multi-functional space that meets your needs. Start by considering how you need to use your area. Do you have the space to set up separate areas within your room? If not, there are still options for multiple functions available to you.

Photo: Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.

Consider Your Furnishings

If you do not have the ability to set up separate task areas, choose furnishings that provide diverse functionality. Consider purchasing a table that can function as a desk or crafting area as well as a dining table. If you select carefully, you could add additional storage or a counter for baking or cooking in addition to office or crafting functionality. Choosing multi-purpose furnishings is the easiest way to create a practical, multi-functional space.

Use Your Vertical Space

When creating your multi-purpose space, pay attention to storage needs. Office supplies can be stored in decorative bins or containers on open shelving on bookcases or walls. Likewise, dining accessories make a pretty yet practical display. Making use of your vertical space by adding functional or decorative shelving allows you to maximize the footprint of your room.

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Maintain Your Space

Now that you have created your multi-functional space it is important to maintain it. A simple daily routine can help you keep the space clutter free and functioning at optimal efficiency. A clean space is more conducive to creativity and productivity.

Even a small space can be conducive to leading a full, active lifestyle. Think outside the traditional box to create a space that can hold all of your chosen activities. Utilizing your vertical space, choosing multi-purpose furnishings and re-imagining your space can lead to maximizing your space by creating multiple uses for one area. Use your creativity to create a place that is ideal for your multi-faceted life.

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