Everyone gets tired of looking at the same room over time…and when that happens, it’s time to make some changes in your space. Your kitchen is one area that is easy to make subtle improvements to both quickly and inexpensively. You’d be surprised by how much changing your cabinet hardware, window treatments, kitchen faucet, and/or light fixture can transform your space! Read below for more details and instructions on how to do so.
1. Change out cabinet hardware.
Make sure that when you pick out your knobs and pulls, you consider how they will look with your existing cabinets. Don’t pick anything too modern if you have traditional looking cabinets. Installing new hardware is relatively easy, as long as you know what you’re doing. Here’s an extremely helpful article on the do’s and don’ts of replacing kitchen hardware.
2. Update window treatments.
Blinds? Half length curtains? Venetian blinds? Tailored curtains? There are tons of options for kitchen window treatments. Here’s an interesting photo slideshow of HGTV’s top 10 window treatment trends to get your mind rolling on what might work for your kitchen.
3. Install a new kitchen faucet.
Replacing your current kitchen sink and faucet is probably easier than you might think. Here’s a really helpful video from Lowe’s on how to do it yourself:
4. Swap out your lights.
This is another project that’s a lot easier than you might think. Here are five steps for changing out your light fixtures, taken from last week’s weekend project post:
1. Remove the old fixture. In your main electrical panel, turn off the electricity for the area you’re replacing the light in. Remove the bulb from the fixture, and then detach the fixture base from the wall.
2. Unscrew the screws or nuts holding the fixture base to the ceiling.
3. Lower the fixture base and remove the wire nuts from the black, white, and (if present) green wires.
4. Attach the wires from the new fixture with wire nuts to the corresponding wires in the electrical box.
5. Raise and position the new base plate so that you can screw in the new nuts and bolts through it to attach it to the mounting strap.
6. Screw in your new light bulbs, attach the cover, and turn the electricity back on!