The kitchen is one of the most visited areas in a home, so it needs to stand up to frequent use. When it is time to remodel, there are many projects you can take on yourself. Some extensive renovations require a contractor. If you are looking for ways to update your kitchen, explore projects to make the space more appealing and add value.

1. A New Sink and Faucet

Replacing the sink and faucet makes any kitchen more attractive and functional. There are a variety of sink configurations to choose from. Double sinks are handy for washing dishes, stainless steel basins are easy to clean, and farmer’s sinks break up the counter’s edge to add interest to the room. A new faucet makes the sink look modern. Single handle designs are sleek while double knobs look more traditional. Some manufacturers incorporate the sprayer into the main head, or you can opt for one positioned to the side.

2. Improve Your Cabinets to Update Your Kitchen

When choosing kitchen remodeling ideas, cabinets are often overlooked because the project seems expensive. If the cabinets are still sturdy, refinishing or painting them is an easy makeover. To refinish them, remove the doors, clean them, strip them, and stain. If you are going for a new color, remove the faces, clean them, sand the surface, apply primer, and then paint. It is an easy, but time-consuming project. This is also an excellent opportunity to replace the hinges, handles, and knobs to update the look.

3. Countertops

A long countertop is the most noticeable fixture in the kitchen. Because it is so prominent, replacing it makes a significant difference in the kitchen’s appearance. Commonly used materials for countertops are granite, quartz, and concrete. Granite is natural stone that comes in a variety of shades and patterns. It is easy to clean and maintain. Quartz slabs are also strong and durable and range in color from white to ebony. Concrete counters look modern and they can be stained to match your decor.

4. Update Your Kitchen With a New Backsplash

For a smaller kitchen update, add a backsplash behind the stove or sink. Tile patterns behind the oven adds personality to the room. For a more dramatic change, install a backsplash around the entire kitchen countertop. Backsplashes can be made of glass, ceramic, or metal titles.

5. Light Fixture Upgrades

LED light fixtures use very little power and the bulbs can last for 30,000 hours or longer. Add strip lighting underneath cabinets to brighten your work area. If you are not skilled in electrical work, hire a licensed contractor for the job. For easier, DIY updates, purchase new covers for the lighting that already exists in your kitchen. Buy new globes for pendant lights and a new cover for the fixture above the sink.

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