When it comes to your kitchen there are so many different kitchen projects to consider. In fact, its probably one of, if not the most used room in the entire house, besides your bedroom and bathroom of course. If you want to change the look of your kitchen, consider functional or aesthetic upgrades, for yourself or for other potential buyers, here are a few projects to consider.
A New Kitchen Sink – Kitchen Project 1
Kitchen sinks can really change the way a kitchen feels, acts and looks and its one of the easier kitchen projects to think about. A kitchen sink, after all, is one of the most used products in your kitchen. You have a lot of different options to consider, such as size, type, width, even materials. You can read another article on kitchen sinks here. To sum it up, you have:
Materials: Stainless steel, porcelain, granite composite, natural stone, and copper.
Configurations: Single sinks, 60/40 sinks, 50/50 sinks, and even 3 basin sinks.
Styles/Shapes: Self Rimming, Under Mount, Integrated, and Apron Sinks.
Kitchen Faucets – Kitchen Project 2
Obviously, a faucet has functional use, but it can also define what your kitchen looks like as well. I wrote another article on kitchen faucets as well that you can read here, just click the link and it will send you right to the page.
Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets – Kitchen Project 3
Changing the way your cabinets look is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to change how your kitchen looks. Instead of costing thousands of dollars to buy all new cabinets, you can simply reface, repaint or even restain your old cabinets to change how they look – and it will only cost a few hundred dollars.
Choose New Knobs and Pulls For Your Cabinets and Drawers – Kitchen Project 4
Another super easy (and cheap) way to change how your kitchen looks, as well as how your cabinets and drawers look is to buy knobs and pulls. These can be found in almost any home store. You can find countless types, colors, sizes and materials for your new knobs and pulls. This is one of the easier kitchen projects since literally all you have to do is unscrew them and put them back on by re-screwing them. Pretty easy!
Toe Kick Cabinets – Kitchen Project 5
If you have a larger kitchen this kitchen project might not be useful to you. However, if you have a smaller kitchen with very little cabinet storage space, this would probably be very useful for you. The toe tick, the space down under your cabinets, is wasted space. The toe kick is good for people that want to place their toes under the cabinets for when they are cooking, prepping foods, and baking. But, what if you don’t really need the toe kick space? What if you would rather have actual storage space? Well, you can actually turn your toe kick into a storage spot for drawers! Its a slim enough section, but its great for putting things like cake pans, cookie sheets, shallow baking pans, shallow casserole dishes, etc.
Clean Your Grout – Kitchen Project 6
Even if you clean down your kitchen every single day, you probably don’t clean your grout as well as you should be. Whether it be grouting lines on your backsplash, floors, or even your counters, it can get super dirty over time, what with people tracking in dirt from outside onto your floors, food getting into grout lines on the counters and oil and food splashing up onto the backsplash. If you want to clean your grout properly and believe me there is a proper way, consider these tips:
Use A Professional Like Cleaner
If you want to clean your grout professionally, but you don’t want to hire a pro, there is a recipe you can use that is very good at getting dirt, stains, food and other particles out of your grout. It uses OxyClean, lemon, and warm water. Now, if you really don’t want to use a chemical-based compound, that’s okay. Instead of the Oxyclean, you can try to use white vinegar – but beware, you will have to put a little more elbow grease into it.
Clean the surface of the material with a warm water and a soft cloth. Let dry.
Then use 2T of bleach (or white vinegar) and 2 cups of warm water. Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture to the grout lines. Let it soak it and use the toothbrush to make circular motions on the grout. Next, squirt a little lemon juice onto the grout. Use the circular motion or back and forth motion again to remove the dirt and stains more effectively. You want the mixture to be more of a paste – not too wet and not too dry. Wipe the section clean with warm water. If you still notice some paste left over, you can use a green friendly cleaning spray on the grout lines and a soft cloth to get the rest of it off.
Lastly, add a grout sealer. This will help dirt and stains from affecting your grout in the future. Grout sealer should be done at least once a year.
Repaint Your Walls – Kitchen Project 7
Like with your backsplash, over time, your walls can get exceedingly dirty. From little hand prints from your kids to paw prints (and tails) from your animals, to dust, food particles, oil, smoke, etc. The walls can start to look old, dingy and dirty. If you want a really easy and not so expensive way to spruce up your kitchen, consider painting the walls again. You can either choose a new color or the same color. But, the point is to make the walls look new, fresh and clean once again. White and neutral colors like beige, cream and gray are really in right now – and have been for the past few years, so that is definitely something to consider for this kitchen project.