Have you always wanted to modernize your outdated kitchen but don’t know how? Modernizing an old-fashioned kitchen isn’t difficult or expensive as some people imagine it.
In fact, you don’t necessarily have to splurge $40,000 on complete renovation to update your kitchen. By making little changes here and there, you can transform your kitchen from an old rustic 20th-century-esque space to one worthy of admiration and compliments.
1. Update your Faucet
Do you still use ball faucets that reigned in the 20th century? If so, it’s high time you consider changing them.
Installing a new smooth faucet is a good way to upgrade the look of your kitchen. Often regarded as the “jewelry for the kitchen” by designers, the right faucet won’t only spruce up your kitchen, but it can also help you save money on your water bill.
Just ensure you purchase a faucet that matches the existing holes of your old faucet. To save cost, you can change the faucets yourself or call in the plumber.
For the sake of reference, here are some modernized faucet options to consider:
- Pull-out faucet
- Pull-down faucet
- One-handle faucet
- Two-handle faucet
- Touchless faucet
- Smart faucet
- Pot fillers
When selecting the ideal faucet to modernize your kitchen, we recommend that you consider the style and design, handle type, faucet arc, faucet height, sprayer function, and installation. If you decide to DIY the installation, you might want to go for faucets that are pretty easy to install.
2. Repaint your Cabinet
Rather than spend $2,500 to $5,600 replacing old cabinets, why not just repaint them? Repainting old cabinets is a cost-effective way to modernize your outdated kitchen. In addition to giving your kitchen a more modernized look, repainting your cabinet can also add a few thousand dollars to your home value.
Popular kitchen cabinet colors to consider are:
- Natural wood
- Sage green
- Zest orange
- Pale-yellow green
Of course, the color you use to repaint your cabinet will depend on factors like your kitchen design, size, lighting, and wall color. And like other renovation ideas, you can paint your cabinet yourself. However, for the best result, we recommend contacting a cabinet painter for the job. The professionals have the experience and tools to deliver a perfect paint job. Plus, they can save time.
3. Change your Flooring
An outdated kitchen is characterized by old flooring. This flooring, which may include asphalt tiles or linoleum, adds an “old vibe” to your kitchen and needs to be replaced with something more resilient, modernized, and attractive like wood, tile, or vinyl.
Unlike the typical transitional flooring you may have, a modernized flooring option boasts longevity and can add value to your home.
Of course, like your faucet, you can decide to DIY the installation. However, we advise hiring a professional for the best results.
Here is how modernized flooring options compare to costs
- Hardwood cost: high
- Tile cost: Medium-high
- Travertine cost: Medium-high
- Laminate cost: Low-medium
- Vinyl cost: Low-medium
4. Update your Kitchen Appliances
Your kitchen and its appliances go hand in hand. So if you are updating your kitchen, you’ll need to update its appliances as well to give your kitchen a completely modernized look.
We recommend going for energy-efficient appliances when replacing old kitchen gadgets. Energy-efficient appliances can help you save money on energy bills while reducing your carbon footprint. These appliances come with advanced features and improved functionalities that can make your time in the kitchen fun.
Common kitchen appliances to consider updating are your:
- Stove and oven
The old version of these appliances consumes a lot of energy. Some are super-noisy and too bulky. Changing them will help you save money.
Many affordable upgrades go into modernizing an outdated kitchen. However, due to cost restraints, some homeowners may not be able to implement these changes. That’s okay.
You can prioritize upgrades that make the difference, such as updating appliances and repainting cabinets. The rest can be done at a later time. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The goal is to modernize your kitchen without incurring debit or becoming broke.