5 Ways To Dramatically Transform Your Kitchen

Check out these kitchen updates that will increase the value of your home.

Updated on June 13, 2017 10:06 am

Samantha Echavez

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Painting is often considered the least expensive and most effective way to dramatically change the look of any room...but don't stop there. There are five other ways to update the look of your kitchen, which can consequently increase the value of your home:

1. Install new cabinets. Cabinets are the main visual focal point in any kitchen. They're also the most expensive part of the remodelling process, taking up as much as 70 percent of your budget. "Repainting your cabinets can also save you lots of money, but it doesn’t make sense to do so if your cabinets are falling apart," says Vicki Lankarge, author of How to Increase the Value of Your Home. "It’s like putting a new paint job on a car that doesn’t run."

Set aside a budget for cabinets, and if hardwood cabinets are out of your price range, go for laminates or particleboard.


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2. Install new countertops. "Nothing improves your kitchen’s look and feel (hence its value) quite like new countertops. Today, countertops are made from a dizzying array of materials, including laminate, Corian® (a solid surfacing brand made by DuPont that can be cut, routed, drilled, sculpted, bent, or worked like wood), and polished stone, such as quartz and granite," says Lankarge.

Each countertop material has its pros and cons—even granite, which can last for years—so it's best to study what suits your kitchen needs.

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3. Replace outdated appliances. Now is the time to look into updating your stove, refrigerator, or oven. "Because technology changes so fast, chances are good that if you haven’t shopped for appliances in a while, you will be amazed. Appliances now have so many features, gadgets, and gizmos that you might feel you need a license to use them," says Lankarge. It's possible to update your kitchen with brand-new appliances within the $3,000 to $5,000 range. You can start shopping here.

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4. Install new flooring. Here is another inexpensive way to switch up the look of your kitchen. When choosing your new kitchen flooring, consider your budget as well as your lifestyle. If you have kids, you may want to skip using hard ceramic tile. If you have pets, wood flooring doesn’t sound like a good idea.

A popular kitchen flooring choice is laminate. "The flooring has both a decorative layer (a print of a photograph of real wood, marble, granite, or ceramic) and a wear layer, which is applied to the decorative print layer to protect the pattern," says Lankarge.


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5. Improve lighting. "Gone are the days when a single 100-watt fixture centered in the kitchen’s ceiling was sufficient," says Lankarge. Today's kitchens require versatile lighting, from recessed lightings over the stove and sink (task lighting) to pendant lamps over the kitchen islands (focal points).


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Share stories and before-and-after photos of your kitchen renovation with us! Email us at hello@cromly.com.

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