The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware.
Whether you're renting and can't do a lot of permanent damage or even if you own a house but just don't have a budget to tear everything out and start from scratch, you can still make impactful changes and additions that will make your kitchen quite a bit nicer to look at (and nicer to use, too).
Give instant visual interest to your kitchen by mixing and matching multiple materials and textures.
In this kitchen, cream-colored custom kitchen cabinets lighten the space and add contrast to the steel stove. To indulge the splurge on marble countertops, these homeowners saved elsewhere by keeping the original room layout and plumbing as is.
Use contact paper or vinyl to create designs and patterns on your tired cabinets or make them look like a whole new different solid color with a larger piece of contact paper.
Just make sure you'll be able to remove whatever product you use without damaging the cabinet material.
Kichler recommends dimmable task lighting for the kitchen so that you can make it as bright as necessary for doing prep work but dial it down for evening mood-setting.
Installing lighting on cabinets isn’t just a practical improvement.
She says people often think it's a weekend job, but it takes four to seven days when you build in the proper prep time (and snack breaks, of course)."No matter how clean you think your kitchen is, you need to wipe everything down with a grease remover," says Fahrbach.
Otherwise, when you add a water-based paint to an oil-covered door, the paint won't stick. This is a crucial first step: Take all the doors off, pull the drawers out and remove the hardware knobs and hinges.
Mix up colors on upper and lower cabinets, or on cabinets and islands as shown here, to add richness.
These cabinets are painted in Windsurf from Behr Paints; the island is done in Snowy Pine and the walls are Spice Garden.
You might not have the chic, all-natural, floating open shelving you dream of just yet, but you can fake the look by strategically removing the doors on a few of your upper cabinets.