You don’t have to be a whiz with power tools or have an at-home workshop to give your kitchen a facelift. Harness the power of the Internet to discover easy ways to complete these five DIY kitchen projects.
1. New Paint and Fixtures
A fresh coat of paint is the easiest and least expensive way to give your kitchen a new lease on life. While lighter colors usually brighten smaller kitchens, you can liven things up with vivid splashes of unexpected color in geometric or abstract patterns. Study online tutorials to learn how to tape effectively and to create designer techniques like faux marbling or stenciling. Finish up with new cabinet hardware, switch plates and window treatments.
2. Kitchen Cabinets
Swapping dated, scratched or dented kitchen cabinets for new ones in a contemporary finish and door style is a great way to completely change the look of your kitchen. Upload your kitchen measurements to our online design center to experiment with different looks. Assembled kitchen cabinets arrive ready to hang with only a few basic tools. If you’re a little more savvy, ready-to-assemble cabinets are simple to build and affordable. Do your own demolition work and sell your old cabinets to a construction materials recycler to save even more.
3. Laminate Countertops
Installing a heavy and expensive granite or marble countertop is a job for a professional, but if you’re looking to replace an outdated laminate counter with a similar one in a more modern style, the job simply requires removing the old countertop, placing and securing the new one and sealing it with caulking. Search for builder’s supply warehouses offering deals on discontinued countertops in stock sizes. They may even do the sink and stovetop cutouts for a small additional fee.
Scratched vinyl flooring that never comes completely clean makes the entire kitchen look dingy and dull. New vinyl and laminate flooring is inexpensive and easy to install. State-of-the-art heavy-gloss topcoats deliver a shine that lasts for years. Wooden-floored kitchens are a hot designer trend. Affordable, environmentally friendly bamboo peel-and-stick planks are a snap to mount, and how-to videos are available online to guide you every step of the way.
5. Stainless Sink and Faucets
Especially if you live in an older home, you may find yourself stuck with a porcelain-coated cast iron sink that’s seen better days. Porcelain is prone to chips and stains that no amount of elbow grease will remove. Get rid of the headaches and give your kitchen a new look with stainless steel. Stainless steel topmount sinks are durable, easy to clean and simple to install. Browse online for single- and double-bowled stainless sinks to suit any décor. Choose a faucet that complements your kitchen design to pull the finished project together.