Simple upgrades to your kitchen can make the whole home feel like new, can make cooking a delight instead of a chore, and can even save you money in the long run.
Kitchen remodeling can be an expensive endeavor, but luckily, there are some simpler, more cost-effective ways to bring a fresh, new look to the space without breaking the bank.
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And for any projects that require plumbing, such as installing a new dishwasher or swapping out a faucet, you can call Doctor Fix-It’s licensed plumbers at 303-993-1550 for the seamless, affordable assistance you need.
With that in mind, below are five exciting kitchen upgrade ideas to take that space to the next level!
Swap Out Outlet Covers
Kitchen outlet covers are a magnet for attracting ingredients and are often overlooked when wiping down the countertops during meal cleanup. Plus, older coverings can sometimes yellow and crack. That’s why swapping them out is a quick and straightforward change you can make to update the look and style of your kitchen. And these days, there is an endless range of styles to choose from.
For safety, be sure to turn off the power to the outlet when you change them out. (This goes for any aesthetical change connected to power — always turn off the power before making changes.) You should also use a voltage checker to verify that the power is disabled. After that, remove the screws attaching the outlet cover, then screw on the new one. Be sure not to overtighten to avoid cracking the new cover!
Install a New Dishwasher
A new dishwasher can make a world of difference as they tend to be more efficient and less noisy than older models. In fact, some models offer one-hour wash times, cartridges that can last up to 20 loads, three racks, drawers, and more! Installing a dishwasher tends to be a complicated process that you should have a professional handle. This ensures that you don’t do something like installing the hose that connects to your garbage disposal incorrectly, an error that may cause water to leak back into your fancy new appliance. Luckily, the Doctor Fix-It pros are on standby to make sure everything is hooked up correctly the first go around.
Paint the Cabinets
If the years are starting to show on your cabinets, it may be time to upgrade. Replacing cabinets entirely is a pretty costly endeavor, but painting them is a much quicker, more cost-effective way to bring a fresh, clean look to your kitchen. This Old House provides a step-by-step guide to painting your cabinets, including pre-work inspection, paint information, required materials, prep work, and how to do it.
Replace the Faucet
Style, efficiency, nonstop repairs, and ease-of-use are all reasons why it might be time to swap out the kitchen faucet for a better model. Kitchen faucet upgrades are among the more popular DIY kitchen upgrades, but there’s actually more involved than you may think. For example, special tools may be required, and having a licensed plumber inspect and replace any existing parts that connect the faucet to the water hookups is important to ensure optimum operation. And if your faucet swap-out is part of a larger upgrade that includes new countertops, a professional can help you save money in the long run by matching faucets to an existing setup.
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New tile backsplash placed above the counter space can add a whole new dimension and texture to the look of your kitchen. The peel-and-stick options are less expensive and can be done in a weekend, and DIY Network offers a guide that breaks down the process in simple steps.
Ultimately, these ideas are relatively inexpensive, easy ways to create a fresh look in your space. And for larger endeavors and any that involve plumbing, such as installing countertops or a new refrigerator, the licensed Doctor Fix-It professionals can make sure your pipes, drains, and fixtures are leak- and worry-free and won’t cause you any future headaches. Doctor Fix-It guarantees all work and is the only plumbing company that Dave Logan exclusively endorses!