furniture knobs and pulls

Kitchen remodeling is a popular occurrence in the U.S. with 10.2 million kitchens being remodeled annually. However, full remodels can be costly and are not always necessary. There are a variety of ways to bring new life to a kitchen, whether you're a contractor or a DIY homeowner who wants to spruce things up. Below are four ideas on how to make a kitchen look brand new without a total overhaul, using items like knobs and pulls, low VOC paint, and folding shelves.

  1. Touch Up Old Cabinets

So long as the current cabinets are in functional condition, you don't have to replace them. Instead, you can touch them up with items like new paint and decorative knobs and pulls.

Wood cupboards can be sanded down and painted with your choice of color. You can use a high or semi gloss paint for durability and ease of cleaning. It may also be a good idea to consider waterproof paint for areas near your sink.

Using knobs and pulls can also help change the look of a kitchen. They come in many different styles and finishes, so there are plenty of options. You can create an antique look or go for something more modern depending on your tastes or the tastes of the homeowner you work for.

  1. Add More Functionality

Older kitchens don't feature many of the more modern features that are now available. You can create more functionality in a kitchen with the help of full-extension drawer runners, folding shelf brackets, and LED cabinet lighting.

Full-extension runners are good for drawers that don't come out far enough and make storing items a struggle. They allow you to pull drawers out further to access their full storage space. You can also create more counter space that can be folded out of the way as needed with the use of folding shelf brackets.

LED cabinet lighting helps you to see in dark cupboards. Deeper cabinets, especially ones in dimly lit kitchens, can make it hard to find what you're looking for. Installing these lights does away with this issue.

  1. Transform the Walls

The wall color in a room can completely transform the look of the space. It can be the difference between a kitchen that is vibrant and lively, and one that is dim and drab. Choosing a new color to achieve the appearance and vibe that you want is an easy and relatively inexpensive upgrade.

You can also improve the air quality in your home with this step. By choosing a paint that is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), you create a healthier living space. Some paints are even VOC free.

  1. Accessorize

Another easy way to give a kitchen a whole new look is with the right accessories. You can swap out the entire theme by using new rugs, dish towels, wall hangings, and more. Pairing these items with the new cabinet and wall paints you chose can tie the room together and create a brand new look.

Fun items like door mounted spice racks, mug racks, and decorative storage canisters can add flair while saving space. Mixing style with functionality is always a great choice and there are plenty of options available to make it happen.