4. Paint Countertops
If you are “blessed” with formica countertops, you can attest to how ugly they are. They offer zero dimension to your kitchen and are usually in flat, unattractive colors (think mauve!). You may also have unsightly tile adorning your countertops, but dread the work it will take to demo. If you need a short term solution with an instant upgraded look, you can paint them! There are many different options, even those that actually look like granite. They won’t offer the resilience of real granite but they will keep you from cringing when you walk in to the kitchen.
5. Recolor and Reseal Grout Countertops and Floors
I have typical white tile and “white” grout in my 1990’s Orange County Home. It was standard builder grade and is still hanging on for dear life as my home reaches it’s 20th birthday. I absolutely hate it because it’s worn out, worn down and absorbs stains instead of repelling them. However, an easy way to refresh the look of your tile if you can’t afford to replace it, is to clean, recolor and reseal your grout. Tiles wipe off pretty easily, but grout can look very dated with one simple messy meal if its not sealed properly. You can find all the products you need at a home improvement store or pay a service to do the project for you for a few hundred dollars- much cheaper than that marble countertop!
Check out TheYellowCapeCod.com for a great step by step on updating your grout.
6. Cover or Paint Your Outdated Appliances
No one can deny the instant class that a stainless steel appliance brings to a kitchen. But if all of yours are in fine working order, it doesn’t matter how ugly it is- good luck convincing your spouse that you need to replace it for a new, expensive stainless steel model! Instead of dropping a lot of cash and getting angry every time you see your ugly kitchen, you can purchase faux stainless steel film! You easily apply it to your appliance for an updated look that will make you smile. You can find such a product here. You may also have an old oven or refrigerator that dates back to your grand parents time, and sports an ugly olive green color. You can purchase very inexpensive appliance paint to give your old fridge or oven an updated look without breaking the bank.
Be sure to visit TheKimSixFix.com to see her amazing transformation using stainless steel film, along with other great DIY projects.