Are you planning a remodeling of your house, including the kitchen? If yes, then you are in the right place. As you read through this you will learn of ways that don’t cut a hole in your pocket but give your kitchen a new look. Yes, amazingly, the ways that we will be talking about are affordable but will enhance and update the décor of your kitchen ensuring a new look.
There are many ways to make affordable enhancements to your kitchen décor. We are discussing eight of these to update your kitchen.
1. Updating the kitchen cabinets
If you want, and have the ability, you can replace the kitchen cabinets that you have but why not go with a more affordable alternative and update them to have a new look? Simple changes made to the knobs and the hinges will offer a new look to the kitchen. If you have wooden cabinets you yourself can do the sanding and paint it with a new coat of paint to make your kitchen look great.
2. Purchase cost-effective countertops
If you are not changing the cabinets that you have in your kitchen then you don’t need upscale countertops. You can easily find countertops which are affordable and replacing the old one/s with these will give your kitchen a new look.
When you are purchasing countertops keep your mind open regarding materials for the countertop and you will see that there are various affordable options to choose from. By matching the color of the countertop with that of your kitchen cabinet you will be amazed by the new look of your kitchen.
3. Have roll-out shelves
If you feel that having a new cabinet is costly, and the shape of the cabinet that you have at present is not affordable to renovate, then you can easily change to roll-out shelves in place of the old cabinets. They are cost-effective and will also help you to save space and money while giving an entirely new look to your kitchen.
Not only that, such roll-out shelves are also best suited for anyone having issues with mobility. It will make cooking in the kitchen more a matter of pleasure than of responsibility.
4. Play with the light
Lights, and their switches, can play a big role in giving your kitchen a new look without spending a lot of money. As a general rule, you must have warm light in your kitchen. You can easily shop for new light fixtures and switches at budget stores and for an affordable cost you can change the entire look of your kitchen.
You may have seen a decorative light fixture or a unique type of switch in design magazines. If you search you will be able to find a prototype of these for a reasonable price at a store nearby. So, purchase those and you will see how efficiently such fixtures change the entire look of your kitchen.
Have you found an ideal way to make your kitchen look new without spending a lot? If you haven’t, then there is nothing to worry about. Here are a few more ideas and, hopefully, you will find one which will match your taste and budget.
5. Re-paint and change the curtains
If you have a talk with an interior designer then you will find that they place high esteem on re-painting and changing curtains when they want to update a kitchen affordably. If you wish to change the color of your kitchen and have a new look then you just need a coat of new paint. It’s wise to choose oil-based paints so that it’s easier to clean stains.
Match the color of your curtains in your kitchen with the color of the new paint and see what a difference this makes to your kitchen. Curtains need to be changed regularly as they absorb oil and food smells in your kitchen. Follow these two affordable ways and have a new looking kitchen without putting a hole in your pocket.
6. Change the kitchen faucet
Having a new faucet in your kitchen will not only give a new look to your kitchen but would make cooking easier. You can change to a taller faucet so that filling and cleaning big utensils is easier to do. You can have a trendy finish so that the kitchen has a new look.
7. Have a backsplash area
If you do not have a backsplash area in your kitchen or you haven’t had one made of old designed tiles then it would be prudent to change those. This option will make cleaning easy and at the same time give a new look to your kitchen. If you feel that purchasing tiles is affecting your budget then you can use the stencil and paint method to have one which will add a new dimension to your kitchen.
8. Buy new appliances
You may wonder if this is affordable. It is you have an open eye and mind when making your purchase. There are a number of organizations making available useful appliances for your kitchen at affordable rates. You can buy these keeping your eyes open so that you get the best value for the money that you are spending.
If you have made up your mind to have a new look for your kitchen then you must have noticed that various sales and discounts are offered by reputed manufacturers of kitchen appliances. You need to grab those options and buy appliances that you need. The appliances will not only make cooking a pleasure but will also enhance the décor of your kitchen.
Hopefully, by now you have found some ways to update your kitchen affordably. You don’t need to implement all of the selected options above, simply choose those that suit your taste and budget. If you do we are certain you will have a new-looking kitchen.
A certain situation has been building in the Parsonage for the last several months. At first, I did not think it too serious but alas, we have reached a terrible impasse.
It started a few months ago when I came home, walked into the house and was hit in the face so hard I almost passed out. At the time, I was hoping I would pass out, but no such luck.
I think everybody knows what it is like to be hit unexpectedly by something you do not actually expect. I guess that is why it is called unexpectedly. It happened to me and I am not sure I am over it yet.
Even though I have been married 46 years, of which most of it has been happily, I did not see this one coming. Just when you think you have your spouse figured out, they do something off the radar. Every husband knows exactly what I am talking about.
This makes it hard to buy Christmas and birthday presents. What they liked last year is not what they like this year. I remember buying my wife a watch one year for Christmas of which she was so delighted that for the next four years after I bought her a watch for Christmas. How was I supposed to know she only wanted one watch!
I think we hit one of those impasses.
Walking into the house, I was hit with the horrific smell of broccoli cooking on the stove. I do not know if you ever smelt such a smell as that but if you are not prepared for it and even if you are prepared for it, it can smack you in the face like you have never been smacked in the face before.
When I came to myself and gathered what little composure I could find, I queried the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage who was in the kitchen.
"What is that awful smell?"
"I don't know, have you taken a shower yet?"
After being married for 46 years, I know when to respond to a question and when not to. I knew if I responded to this question the way I wanted to respond to this question, the smell of broccoli would be the least of my worries at the time.
"No," I said gathering a little bit of manliness about me, "Something in this house smells dreadful. I smelled it as soon as I walked in the door."
Then she chuckled. I hate it when she chuckles.
"Oh, that must be the wonderful aroma of broccoli cooking on the stove. Isn't it marvelous?"
Adhering to my rules about questions, I tossed that one aside and opted for another one.
"You're not cooking broccoli for supper tonight, are you?"
I was hoping she would catch my attitude of disdain and disgust in this question. Obviously, for whatever reason, she did not catch the drift.
"Yes," she said as chipper as I have ever heard her chip, "I thought I would surprise you with a wonderful dish of broccoli for supper tonight, to go along with our pork chops."
Can you live with a person for so long and not know what they like or do not like? Nobody has to be around me for five minutes before they will understand that broccoli and I have had a feud that has been going on since before the Hatfield's and McCoy's.
"But I thought you knew I do not like broccoli?"
"Oh, that," she said with another chuckle, "I just thought you were joking."
Nobody jokes about broccoli, especially me.
Then a brilliant idea reverberated between my ears. I thought I could take advantage of this situation and sneak in something forbidden in our kitchen and house for that matter, a rare delicacy.
"I will then run to the store and get some fresh Apple Fritters for our dessert."
I figured if she wants to put in front of me broccoli the least she can do is allow me an Apple Fritter or two.
In a moment, all the chipper drained from her person and she looked at me and said, "Apple Fritters are not allowed in this house."
"Let's negotiate," I said as calmly as I have ever been in my life. "I will allow you to eat broccoli tonight if you allow me an Apple Fritter for my dessert."
I wonder if there is a husband living today, that has ever successfully negotiated with his wife.
"This is how we will negotiate, we will have broccoli tonight without any Apple Fritter. I am only thinking of your health."
The way she glared at me I knew negotiations were off the table at this time and in its place was some steaming broccoli.
What I am going to do is sneak behind her back and eat two, not one but two, Apple Fritters and I will savor every bite.
If only we could act like grownups, come together, voice our differences and strike a compromise. After all, our government works that way.
I thought about this and came to a certain conclusion. The Christian life is not really negotiating your preference but rather honoring Christ. Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20 KJV).
When self is at the center of my negotiations, Christ is never honored.