I’ve always wanted to do a small kitchen makeover. My kitchen was dark and outdated, and I knew it needed some updating. So, when we moved into our new house last year, I decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to finally get started on my dream project. Painting it white brightened everything up—and made it feel bigger! New cabinet hardware and knobs add a modern touch to our old cabinets. These simple changes made such a big difference in our kitchen!
I’ve always wanted to do a small kitchen makeover.
I’ve always wanted to do a small kitchen makeover. I’ve lived in this house for over 10 years and spent many hours in the kitchen, so it was time to give it some TLC!
I enjoy cooking and baking, but my favorite part of the room is definitely that huge window overlooking our backyard. It makes me feel like I’m on vacation every time I look out at all that green grass and sunshine!
The only thing I don’t like about this room is how dark it gets when we close those blinds during winter months–but thankfully now they’re open again!
My kitchen was dark and outdated.
My kitchen was dark and dated. It had no personality and was a place to eat, not cook. The cabinets were old and beat up, the countertops were worn down, there was no ventilation for the stovetop or oven (which led to major cooking fires) and it just seemed like everything was too small for what I needed it for. I wanted my kitchen to be a place where people would want to come hang out with me–a place where they could feel comfortable eating meals at my house instead of always going out!
Painting it white brightened everything up…
Paint is one of the easiest ways to make a space feel instantly brighter and more inviting. White paint is also a neutral color, so it’s easy to match with other colors in your kitchen or living room if you decide you want to change up the look later on.
When we painted our cabinets white, we chose Behr Ultra Premium Plus Semi-Gloss Enamel from Home Depot because it was recommended by a professional painter (and if this guy recommends something, I’m listening). It has great coverage (so even if you’re not an expert painter like me) and dries quickly enough that any mistakes can be fixed before they set permanently!
…and made it feel bigger.
In our case, white walls made the kitchen feel bigger. This is because white is a neutral color that can blend with any other color you choose for your cabinets and countertops. It’s also an excellent choice if you want to make your small kitchen appear larger by using dark cabinets and floors (which will make it look like it has more depth).
White is also perfect if there’s lots of sunlight or windows in your space–it reflects light well to brighten up any room!
New cabinet hardware and knobs add a modern touch to our old cabinets.
Knobs and pulls are a great way to add color and style to your kitchen. They’re easy to change, too! You can find them at home depot or lowes, or even online. They’re inexpensive, so you can buy them in all sorts of finishes: gold, silver, copper–even wood or porcelain!
These simple changes made such a big difference in our kitchen!
- We painted the cabinets white and added new hardware.
- We added granite countertops and replaced the sink with a farmhouse sink.
- We replaced all of the cabinet doors with glass ones, which gave our kitchen an open feel that we love!
The result is a bright and airy space that’s easy on the eyes (and much more functional). The white cabinets make it feel spacious without taking up too much visual real estate in our small apartment–they’re basically invisible when closed! Plus, they help reflect light around the room so there isn’t any dark corners or shadows anywhere near where we cook most days (which is nice since we tend to cook messy foods like pasta sauce).
We loved seeing how these simple changes made such big differences in our kitchen! It feels like such an upgrade from what used to be here before: old oak cabinets with dated hardware; dark laminate countertops; greenish-blue formica countertop covering over top of some kind of particle board underneath…you get my drift 🙂
A little paint and new hardware can go a long way!
When choosing a color, it’s important to consider the function of the room. If your kitchen is used for cooking and entertaining, then you may want to choose an accent wall or backsplash in a bolder hue that will add visual interest. If your kitchen serves as more of a backdrop than an active space, opt for subtle tones so as not to detract from other elements like art or furniture.
When deciding on hardware for your cabinets (drawers, doors), make sure they match each other in style and finish–and don’t forget about handles! Handles are one of those small details that can make all the difference when updating your kitchen; they’re also easy ways to add personality into any space without breaking the bank on bigger updates like countertops or flooring materials.”
I’m so happy with how our kitchen turned out! It’s not perfect, but I feel like it’s much more functional for us now. It took a lot of work and money, but it was worth it because now we have space to cook and entertain guests without feeling cramped or overwhelmed by clutter.