6 Ways to Improve Your Kitchens Versatility – Guest post by Debra Lewis
Is your kitchen small, dark, and in need of a makeover? There are lots of inexpensive things you can do to improve its look and versatility. Take a look at these six easy improvements that can make a huge difference in your kitchen.
Buy or Make a Rolling Kitchen Island
Many kitchens lack adequate counter space for storage and food preparation. This is easily remedied with a rolling kitchen island. It provides extra counter space that can be rolled out of the way when it’s not in use. It’s also a great way to bring style and contrast to your kitchen. For instance, it can provide open storage for bottles or decorative plates. With rolling casters and pre-fab counters, you can make a rolling kitchen island or bar cart yourself.
Use Cupboard Organizing Racks
If you don’t have many cabinets in your kitchen, storage is probably a problem. Therefore, you need to look for ways to use the space you do have to its fullest. This is best accomplished with cupboard organizing racks. For instance, you can get wire shelves for your plates, under-cabinet baskets for your fruits and vegetables, and turn-table organizers for your spices. There are all sorts of other kitchen organizing hacks you can try, too.
Change Your Kitchen Lighting
Kitchens should be bright, with task lighting over the range and preparation spaces. If you hate the light fixtures in your kitchen, it’s easier to change them on the DIY than you think. Another easy solution is to add under-cupboard lighting. New lighting can make a surprising impact on the look and feel of your kitchen.
Add Shelf and Drawer Liners
As kitchen cabinets get older, it’s common to see stains inside where food gets stored. An easy fix is to add decorative shelf and drawer liners. You can find these stick-on liners at most home improvement stores, and they attach like wallpaper. Shelf and drawer liners are functional, but they can add a lot of personality to your kitchen, too. Plus, you can easily change them when they get dirty.
Update Your Kitchen Cabinet Hardware
Another easy fix that changes the overall look and versatility of your kitchen is new hardware. It’s easy to unscrew the old hardware and attach the new. This is a great project if your old hardware is not to your taste or very dirty. Another option is to take down your hardware and give it a good scrubbing before reattaching it.
Don’t Put Your Mail and Clutter on Your Kitchen Counters
Lots of people have a bad habit of dropping everything on their kitchen counters as soon as they walk in the door. This takes up space and makes your kitchen look messy. Find a place for your paper clutter elsewhere in your house and use your kitchen for preparing food.
These are just a few of the things you can do in your kitchen to improve its versatility. Start with one project and then move on to another. Remember that small things, especially many small things combined, can make a big impact.