Minor kitchen updates can result in the enhanced appearance and enjoyment of your home, while increasing its value. With a free weekend and a modest budget, you can accomplish some do-it-yourself projects that will give your kitchen a whole new look.

Focus on projects that will have maximum impact with minimal time invested. These would be projects such as restoring existing tile work or installing a tile backsplash, switching out cabinet hardware or painting an accent wall or the ceiling rather than the whole room. Here are four simple kitchen improvements that you can do in a day or two.


1. Rejuvenate existing tile and grout. Old, stained tile and grout can make an entire surface appear dated and dingy, even if the tile itself is in good condition. Cleaning or recoloring grout can breathe new life into existing tile work, whether its countertops, flooring or a backsplash. Products like the Aqua Mix brand of tile cleaners and sealants can help remove stains and brighten surfaces without damaging grout.

2. Create a trendy tile backsplash. Tile without hiring a professional. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can easily add a tile back-splash featuring colorful glass or metallic tiles for that designer look in the kitchen.


“Adding a backsplash with decorative tiles creates a new focal point and at the same time brings in a fresh accent color to the kitchen. Follow through with additional touches and inexpensive accessories such as towels, a new curtain or decorative glass jars to complete the transformation,” said independent interior designer Ann Borsheim.

Products like the SimpleMat brand tile setting mat make it easy to install tile — on a backsplash or countertop. Because the mat’s double stick adhesive sheets eliminate the need to apply mortar, so you can work at your own pace. Start with a smooth surface — you can even tile over existing tile surfaces — place the mat in position, cut as needed with scissors or a utility knife, press the tiles of your choice in place and grout immediately using a pre-mixed or single-component grout product. SimpleMat is available exclusively at Home Depot in sheets or as a value-sized role for larger projects. Never installed tile before? No problem — check out the manufacturer’s instruction videos at www.thesimplemat.com.


3. Replace dated hardware. You can easily and quickly give your cabinets a whole new look by replacing outdated hardware. If your cabinets are still builder-bare of knobs, handles or pulls, adding them can not only make them look fresh, it can make them much easier to use. Many home improvement stores carrying a wide range of designer styles from sleek, modern metallics to Victorian-inspired glass.

4. Get creative with paint. Painting is one of the most powerful, cost-effective ways to recreate the look of a room, but painting the entire space can be time-consuming. If you’re not up for a full day of painting four walls and all that trim, consider painting one wall in an eye-catching accent color. Or, for something really different — albeit a bit more work — paint the ceiling in a hue that complements the current wall color. No design rule says your kitchen ceiling must be plain white, so spice it up with a color that speaks to you.

Updating your kitchen can enhance its appearance and your enjoyment of it.


This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.