Everything wears out eventually. Instead of waiting until things break or look ancient, replace them early. You tend to save time, money, and stress that way. Better yet, you get to enjoy the upgrades! With that in mind, look for these tell-tale signs your kitchen needs attention – plus what to do next.
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Top 5 Kitchen Problems
- Age – After 10-15 years, it’s time to consider updates to your design and appliances. Past that point, the style starts to look dated, the materials begin to wear out, and the appliances risk failure.
- Doors – After years of regular use and abuse, cabinet doors start to show their age. Since the doors are a major part of the overall design, beat-up doors make the whole space look shabby.
- Floors – Due to the high traffic and heavy spills in the kitchen, the floors wear out quickly, especially materials like linoleum. Similar to cabinet doors, warped and worn out floors make everything around them look worse.
- Layout – If your kitchen isn’t conducive to cooking, corralling the kids, or entertaining, it’s not serving its purpose. Instead of trying to make due with a bad situation, address the layout problems head on.
- Look – Maybe you inherited a kitchen design from a previous owner or made a bold design choice you now regret. When the look of the space is off, it makes everything you do in the kitchen less enjoyable.
Top 5 DIY Kitchen Improvements
- Paint – Never underestimate how much a fresh coat of paint can make a space feel new.
- Replace – When something is broken or obviously worn out, like the cabinet doors, invest in replacements and bring your kitchen back up to 100%.
- Light – Better lighting enhances both the style and function of a kitchen. Put lights on top of cabinets or shining onto counter tops.
- Sink – If you can’t totally rework your kitchen layout, install a larger sink. More space for dirty dishes helps keep a lot of clutter off the counter tops.
- Shelves – Use empty walls or corners to add more shelving to the kitchen. If you have enough storage already, use these spaces to add style or seating – don’t waste the space.