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DIY Kitchen Weekend Upgrades

Submitted by on June 19, 2014 – 3:09 pmNo Comment

DIY Kitchen Weekend Upgrades

4 DIY Kitchen Upgrades to Try This Weekend

by Abigail Clark

The kitchen is the center of the home. It’s the place that most of us spend our time preparing meals for ourselves and creating pieces of masterful cuisine for our guests. However, after a while, we might want to switch things up — and not just the meals.

Here are a few quick, simple, and inexpensive DIY kitchen upgrades to do over the weekend.


Say you’re looking at your kitchen walls and decide they need a little extra color, but you really don’t feel like painting them. That’s absolutely fine — just add a backsplash as an accent feature. First things first, you’ll want to give your creativity free rein and start coming up with designs, patterns, or just solid colors that you would like to use to accentuate your walls.

Next, head to your local hardware store and grab the materials. Based on your materials, you shouldn’t end up spending a fortune on your new accent. After you’ve gotten everything home, make sure the wall is smooth, properly measured, and ready for the adhesive agent. Once it’s ready, you can start the process of creating your backsplash.

Custom Lighting

A lot of people think of custom lighting as hanging big chandeliers or completely rewiring your kitchen with dimmer switches. However, it can be just as simple as adding a few lamps here and there, changing the shades on the existing lights, and replacing the bright and white luminescent bulbs with a softer and gentler bulb. Lighting can affect the way a room feels, and when it comes to your kitchen you want to feel as relaxed as possible.

If you feel the need to add a little more mood to your den of spices, try finding lights that can easily be attached to a wall that give off decent levels of light without being too overbearing. These will allow you to change the level of lighting within your home without worrying about hiring a technician or running up your power bill for those cool new lights.

If you have an IKEA or other spiffy story capable of granting you a large selection of portable lights, make an afternoon outing of it and grab a few interesting kitchen twists.


Hypothetically speaking, you’ve accepted a job offer in Austin, checked out a few of the new homes in Austin, selected your perfect house, and are almost ready to settle in. The appliances are all new, you don’t have to worry about fixing old plumbing, and things are great. Except for one thing: the paint is throwing your whole mood off. That is an easy fix. Painting is one of most underrated ways to change your entire room.

Research a few different colors that would match the rest of your home, the mood you’re looking to set in your home, and the size of your new kitchen. Once you’ve figured out where you want to go with your masterpiece, grab the paint, grab the tape, grab the tarp and brushes, and go to town. Never underestimate the power of a new coat of paint.

Appliance Upgrade

Aesthetics aside, another quick weekend kitchen jaunt can lie with your appliances. Again, many think they need a technician or plumber to move their appliances around to their specification. You’d be surprised what you can do with a little elbow grease. One of the easiest appliances to upgrade is your dishwasher. Find your favorite outer paneling that would best fit your kitchen after figuring out your capacity needs with the washer.

Remember, all washers aren’t created equally; some may have better water usage, higher storage capacity, or use less power than others. Once all is said and done, and you’ve donned your work boots, you’re ready to install your new dishwasher. What do you do with the old one? If it’s still in working condition, call your local charity and donate it. If it’s destroyed beyond all recognition, then give your local waste agency a call and tell them you have a special pick-up.

Revamping your kitchen can be a fun and easy task with a little extra instruction.  Make sure that you’re always protected when dealing with appliances or anything that requires hard labor: wear protective close-toed shoes, wear goggles when needed, and make sure you’re wearing gloves if you’re dealing with anything sharp or electrical. Within a weekend’s time, you could have a new crisp kitchen.

What are a few other ways you can think of to upgrade your kitchen?


Abigail ClarkAbigail Clark is an upcoming freelance writer. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelors in marketing, minoring in journalism. When she isn’t up to her neck in coupons she is enjoying the outdoors fishing. She loves doing reviews for technology, home products and beauty products. Find Abigail on Twitter at @downtownabby17.



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