5 Fast and Easy Kitchen Upgrades

Major upgrades to the kitchen add value to your home, but they also can easily cost thousands and leave you with a kitchen that is in disarray for an extended period of time. If a major upgrade just doesn’t fit your schedule or your budget right now, there are still several ways to upgrade your kitchen.

These fast and easy home improvements are perfect weekend projects for do-it-yourselfers, and they can be completed without breaking the bank.


1. Build a Butcher-Block Island

For extra prep space on a budget, consider building a butcher-block island instead of installing a built-in cabinet base. A butcher-block island is easy to construct using affordable materials, and it can be customized to fit any size space. This style works well in kitchens of all styles, and you can even add a bar stool to use your new island as an eating space.


2. Install a Solid-Surface Back-splash

If you love the look of a back-splash but feel like installing a traditional tile back-splash is a bit out of your league, consider putting up a solid-surface back-splash. Available in limitless colors and patterns, solid-surface materials are quick and easy to install and much more affordable than tile.


3. Give Your Cabinets a Face-lift

You don’t have to replace your old cabinets to give your kitchen a makeover. As long as the existing frames and doors are structurally sound, you can clean them up, add a fresh coat of paint, and replace the handles and hinges for a totally new look.


4. Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

For dark and gloomy kitchens, under-cabinet lighting is a lifesaver. Installation is easy, and under-cabinet lights are more affordable than you might think. When you’re done, your new lights will bathe your counter-tops in bright white light which will help you read recipes, chop veggies safely and more.


5. Replace the Taps

Replacing your old, dingy kitchen faucet with a new one is a fast way to add some much-needed sparkle to your kitchen. Faucets are easy to install, and they are available at virtually all price points and in styles that will suit any design sense.


Upgrading your kitchen doesn’t have to cost a fortune or leave your space in disarray. With these fast and easy projects, you can give your kitchen a fresh new look in a single weekend with a minimal investment.