10 Insanely Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen Right Now

Inside: You don’t need a complete renovation to update your kitchen. Here are the easiest ways to change it up without killing your budget.

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Do you cringe every time you walk into your kitchen?

Is it those 1960s wooden cabinets you haven’t had the budget to replace? Or, the yellow linoleum flooring you try not to look at? Or, the pile of dirty dishes in the sink? (Me too, friend.)

You want to update your kitchen, but something always gets in the way.

Money. Time. Effort. The kitchen struggle is real.

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Right now I’m living with my sister in her urban Kansas City townhouse. The townhouse has potential, but the kitchen looks outdated.

It’s not awful exactly. But the cerulean tile backsplash gives both of our neutral-loving hearts palpitations. The veneered oak cabinets aren’t our style. And, you can’t even set down a cup without staining the laminate countertops. Sometimes we both want to torch the whole room.

So, what’s stopping us from improving the kitchen?

It’s the same reason you’re hesitating. It’s taking the leap.

Kitchen remodels cost a lot of money.

Shouldn’t you plan everything out? Pin tons of beautiful kitchens on Pinterest for inspiration? Have the style, design and layout ready to go right down to the hinges on the cabinets?

(Pssst. No, you don’t have to.)

Because good-enough-for-now is good, too.

When you update your kitchen to make it good-enough-for-now, you can try new elements and see how you like them. You can create a kitchen you enjoy being in, even if it’s not perfect.

Screw perfection. Make your kitchen a room you want to use. Right now. You’ll feel so much happier!

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These Are the Best Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

I’m taking my own advice and sharing my favorite methods to update a kitchen without a renovation.

These are the most simple ideas. The ones that will get you the most bang for your buck. The projects with the most dramatic results and the lowest budgets.

Because a good-enough-for-now kitchen is the kitchen you’ve been waiting for.

1. Paint your kitchen cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets is the easiest way to update your kitchen and make a big change. After all, your cabinets are the biggest showpiece in your kitchen.

Here’s the best guide I’ve come across on how to paint your kitchen cabinets.

Some easy methods to paint kitchen cabinets:

  • Use chalk paint so you don’t have to prime or sand. (Be sure to apply wax.)
  • Skip sanding altogether, unless your cabinets are super glossy (a.k.a. lots of polyurethane.)

Kitchen cabinets painted in neutrals are popular right now. (Think of the farmhouse look.) Go with all white or gray. Or, do the two tone method and paint the upper cabinets white and the lower cabinets gray.

2. Get rid of that funky backsplash

Got a weird backsplash? Get rid of it. It’s totally ruining the groove of your kitchen.

You know how sometimes after seeing something for a while, you stop noticing it? The cerulean blue tile in my sister’s kitchen is not like that.

It needs to go. And, removing your tile backsplash might not be as hard as you thought.

Options to change up your backsplash:

  • Paint over it. (Ask your hardware store about special paint for tile.)
  • Remove it, fix the drywall and add new tile.
  • Remove it and install beadboard or shiplap.
3. Change your countertop

If you can’t stand your kitchen countertop, you have several options to change it up. The method you use depends on your budget.

My sister’s kitchen has a laminate countertop that’s not worth saving. It looks grimy no matter how much you clean it. And it’s lifting up in places. She wants to bite the bullet and get a new countertop.

But if you don’t want to completely replace your kitchen countertop, you have options.

Options to change up your kitchen countertop:

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5. Switch out cabinet hardware

Give your kitchen personality without breaking the bank. Swap out the knobs or pulls on your kitchen cabinets for new ones. Or, spray paint your current hardware to give it new life.

Plus, when you use good hardware, you’ll protect your kitchen cabinets from greasy fingers, which can ruin the finish. This is especially important if you painted your kitchen cabinets.

6. Update your faucet

Changing your sink faucet costs more than smaller projects, like changing cabinet hardware. But it can dramatically alter the look of your sink.

7. Create open shelving

Love the look of open shelving? Easily add open shelving to your kitchen by removing some of your cabinet doors.

Tips for making open shelving work:

  • Pare down your stuff to keep the shelves organized
  • Show off your favorite dishes and get rid of ones you dislike
  • Put the most-used items on the bottom shelves
  • Add decorative elements to spruce up the look
  • Paint the insides of the cabinets to add personality

The good news? You can always put the cabinet doors back up if you decide open shelving isn’t for you.

8. Install DIY roll-out drawers

Tired of your stash of reusable water bottles toppling out when you open a cabinet door? Or, spending 10 minutes looking the garlic pepper hidden at the back of the cabinet?

Instead of buying new kitchen cabinets, add roll-out drawers to get the most out of your space.

You’ll have more storage and feel like an organization pro.

9. Add some seating

Nobody wants to cook alone while friends and family lounge in the living room.

If your kitchen doesn’t have an adjoining dining room, add seating. Seating encourages others to hang out while you cook. It’s an easy way to update your kitchen and make it more livable.

Easy ways to add seating (even in small kitchens):

  • Tuck a bistro set into a corner
  • Make a window seat with a shelf and stools
  • Use a drop leaf table
  • Add a kitchen island with bar stools
  • Place a bench near a window

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10. Downsize and declutter

Imagine cleared off countertops. A place for each glass in the cabinets. Spices lined up in rows instead of crammed together.

Adding new features or fixtures aren’t the only ways to update your kitchen.

Give your kitchen a whole new feel when you get rid of stuff.

What to donate or trash:

  • Dishes you don’t like or use
  • Anything that’s broken
  • Kitchen gadgets you don’t use
  • Old spices

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The kitchen you’ve been waiting for is a few projects away.

Don’t hesitate. Take the leap.

You got this.


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Get Organized: A Collection of Home Organization Tips & Ideas

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If your new year’s resolution was to finally get organized, don’t give up on that resolution just yet. (Statistics show that 80 percent of people who make a new year’s resolution Jan. 1 won’t stick with it by Valentine’s Day.)

Get your whole house in order with my favorite strategies, tips and ideas for home organization. I’ll give room-by-room organization tips, plus cute storage ideas.

From the bathroom to the office, here’s how to finally clear the clutter and get organized.


5 Ways to Use Wooden Boxes for Storage

We all need to store stuff. Why not make it look good at the same time? Wooden boxes are one of my favorite creative storage solutions that serve a purpose and look attractive. You can pile just about anything in them and they make a jumbled mess of stuff much more easy on the eyes.

Try these creative ways to use wooden boxes for storage.


Stylishly Organize Your Home With Vintage Tins

We often associate “storage” with dumpy, bulky plastic tubs and containers. When you work so hard to fill your home with items that fit your style, you might wonder why can’t storage do its job and look good too? It can! Keep your home looking stylish by corralling all of those stray items—mail, batteries, office supplies—in easy-to-come-by vintage tins.

See why vintage tins make the best storage.


5 Fun Storage Solutions for Your Desk

If you don’t have a lot of drawer space in your desk or home office, it’s hard to stay organized. See how I solved this problem with these five desk storage solutions that work well and look good too!

See the desk storage solutions.


Try This: Old Toolbox to Craft Caddy

Organizing craft supplies isn’t easy. From ribbon to pens to tape, craft supplies tend to be small, awkwardly shaped and plentiful. See how I used an old toolbox to corral my craft supplies into a convenient craft caddy.

Make your own cute craft caddy.


7 Handy Bathroom Organization Tips

Bathrooms tend to be difficult rooms to keep organized. Shampoos, soaps, lotions and the tons of other products we use daily easily get scattered about. Tweezers, nail files and hair ties end up anywhere but where you can find them. If you’re anything like me, keeping your bathroom clutter-free will seriously reduce your stress level when you’re trying to get ready in the morning.

Keep your bathroom tidy.


I hope these ideas help you get organized. Decluttering always clears my mind and helps me feel inspired.

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How to Repurpose an Old Toolbox Into a Craft Caddy You’ll Love

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When you’re crafting, do your supplies explode all over your work surface? One minute you’re crafting up a storm and the next you can’t even clear an area to work because you’re drowning under a pile of stickers, glue and paper.

At least that’s my typical experience.

Organizing craft supplies isn’t easy. From ribbon to pens to tape, craft supplies tend to be small, awkwardly shaped and plentiful.

See how I used an old toolbox to corral my craft supplies into a convenient craft caddy.

Corral your craft supplies

An old metal toolbox is the perfect size for a craft caddy. It’s easy to move from room to room, which I tend to do when crafting. And this way I can keep all of the supplies for the project I’m currently working in one spot.

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Choose a toolbox with patina

Sure, you could buy a plastic caddy from a dollar store, but where’s the fun in that? When it comes to the items in your home, it’s not always about simply being useful; It’s about being enjoyable, too.

And, if I’m going to have my craft caddy sitting around the house, then I want it to blend in with my décor—and not be an eyesore. This old rickety toolbox is just the look I like. Some people might only see the rust, but I like the worn patina. It has character.

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Use mini buckets to hold pens

Even your organizer needs organizers. Instead of tossing your pens, highlighters and markers straight into the caddy, keep them separate with a small mini bucket. (This one’s from IKEA.) You could also use a mug, cup or tin.

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Keep small supplies in one spot with your craft caddy

Spend more time actually completing your craft projects and less time searching for that missing pair of scissors for the fifth time. This toolbox turned craft caddy works perfectly to assemble all your small supplies in one location. You know, all those little items that get lost easily, like pens, tape, scissors and glue. Stick them in your caddy and you’re good to go. (The hard part is remembering to put them back after each use.)

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Get organized and put your craft supplies right at your fingertips with your own craft caddy. If you don’t have an old metal toolbox, use a vintage tin, wood box or small crate.


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