As the most frequently used rooms, kitchens are the heart of a home. You and your family probably spend more time there than anywhere else in the house. Give your home a DIY kitchen upgrade with minimal effort by following these simple tips below.

Switch Out the Seating During Your DIY Kitchen Upgrade

Barstools and chairs should be functional and comfortable, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Give them a boost with a coat of bright paint or switch out the old cushions for new ones with a unique pattern or bold color.

Update Your Backsplash

A backsplash lends texture and interest to otherwise plain walls. If you don’t want to commit to tiling a backsplash, choose a peel-and-stick option in an interesting pattern. They are easy to install, affordable, and removable if you prefer a non-permanent solution.

DIY Kitchen Upgrade: Replace the Light Bulbs

Experiment with mood lighting by installing light bulbs that change color for a unique touch. You can control the colorful effects of a smart bulb with an app on your phone. Use it to set timers to dim or brighten the lights on a schedule.

Hang Kitchen Utensils

One easy kitchen upgrade is installing hooks to hang supplies within easy reach. Hang potholders, measuring cups, and utensils on the wall with decorative hooks or pegboard to add visual interest and convenience. Doing so has the added benefit of freeing up your drawer and cabinet storage.

Choose Kitchen Art

When you select areas to hang artwork, the kitchen may not be the first room you consider. But there’s no reason you can’t display art in the kitchen, and it’s a great way to personalize your walls without having to paint.

Change Out Drawer and Cabinet Handles

You don’t have to replace the cabinets to update the kitchen. Instead, switch the handles and drawer pulls for bold chrome or metallic hardware. You’ll create an updated look without the demolition.

DIY Upgrade: Paint the Kitchen Cabinets

Give cabinets a modern look with a fresh coat of paint. Consider an attention-grabbing but classic color, like navy blue, white, or dark grey. Sand the cabinets and wipe them clean before applying the new paint color.

Use Chalkboard Paint on Doors

For a quick and easy DIY project, paint one pantry door with chalkboard paint for a distinctive and fun way to correspond with the whole family. Use it to write grocery lists, keep track of the kids’ schedules, and remember important dates.

Covering an accent wall with chalkboard paint is a great idea for the kitchen if you have young children. The kids can draw while you pack lunches and prepare meals.

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