If you enjoy cooking for your family and friends, chances are you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. If it could use some tweaking, there are many projects that you can do yourself, or that would be worth the investment to rent out. These six upgrades can give you the kitchen of your dreams and increase your resale value.
Whether your space is large or small, there are many ways you can upgrade your kitchen and turn it into a cooking oasis. Whether you make one of these six projects yourself or hire someone to do it, here’s how you can transform your kitchen without breaking the bank.
Expand your sinks
The kitchen sink is used a lot in most households, regardless of whether a home cook lives there or not. When cooking, however, you need plenty of sink space to wash vegetables and measure out water and other wet ingredients. Oh, and you also need space to store dirty dishes.
You can simplify all of these tasks by increasing the size of your sink. A wider area allows more things to fit in, while a deeper sink makes filling large pots much easier. You might even want to install two sinks: one for preparing food and one for dishes.
If you can’t (or don’t want to) cut through your countertops to make your sinks larger, you can replace a traditional two-sided sink with a basin-style model that’s deep enough to hold larger pots and pans, as shown in TJ Lawrence’s video above.
Increase your counter space
Nothing is more frustrating when you’re cooking and find that you don’t have enough space on your countertop to prep (or just put) something else. To ensure you never run out of prep space again, consider hiring a contractor to extend your countertops.
However, if you feel up to making this project yourself, your Maris will walk you through the process in the video above.
Another way to create more prep space is to add an island in the center of your kitchen. You can hire someone to do this for you, but an easier (and far cheaper) option is to simply buy a mobile device. You get the extra space you need without all the hassle and mess of construction.
Install a new light
A good view makes cooking much easier and much more enjoyable. From reading recipes and taking measurements to slicing and dicing vegetables, there are countless reasons why you need excellent lighting in a kitchen.
If you’ve been cooking under dim, yellowish lights in your kitchen for far too long, simply swapping out the lightbulbs could greatly improve your cooking adventures.
However, if the fixture is the problem, consider replacing it with something that provides enough bright overhead light to properly illuminate all surfaces.
Light color is measured on the Kelvin (K) temperature scale. A lower number means a light is more yellow, while higher numbers mean it’s more white or blue. A warm, yellowish-white light is between 2,700 and 2,800K, while a whiter, warm light is closer to 3,000K.
A neutral white light would be between 3,500 and 4,000K, while slightly blue, bright white lights would be over 5,000K. The best lighting for a kitchen is generally between 3,500 and 5,000 K.
If you don’t want to replace the fixture(s) in your kitchen, another option is to simply install task lighting above your counters, stovetop or other work area.
Prioritize storage space
Home cooks typically own a variety of appliances, cooking utensils, and pans required to prepare all of their specialties. Instead of wasting valuable counter space, many chefs find it worth investing in additional storage space.
There are several ways you can do this, but the option you choose will depend on the layout and features of your kitchen. For some, it might make the most sense to remodel the existing cabinets, while others might decide to either have some additional cabinets installed or get a whole new set.
Of course, this is another project you can rent out, but if you want to learn more about installing it yourself, watch the Get It Done Home Repair video above.
If you don’t want to replace your cabinets but could still use more storage space, a hanging shelf for those space-wasting pots and pans could make a world of difference.
If it’s your counters that need clearing out (and you have the space), a simple storage stall could be the answer to your storage woes.
Install quartz countertops
Quartz is a popular stonemason option for kitchen countertops due to its durability and appearance. It’s definitely expensive, but because it’s scratch and stain resistant, many people believe it’s worth the investment.
Not only does quartz tolerate heavy use, it is non-porous, making it the perfect surface for messes and spills in high-traffic areas like the kitchen.
Again, you can hire a contractor to do the work for you, but it would definitely save you some money if you feel confident doing it yourself. Watch the This Old House video above to learn more about the process.
Build a pantry
A pantry is ideal for home cooks because you need storage space for all your ingredients. It can also help you organize all your herbs, spices and other dry goods so you can easily find them when you need them.
If you already have a pantry but could use more space in it, adding a few more shelves or baskets might be enough.
You can add one ton Adding extra storage to your pantry with a simple over-the-door organizer.
Another option is to turn a cloakroom into a pantry if you have one in (or near) your kitchen. Or, if you have space, you can purchase a standing cabinet to store your ingredients.
If none of the above options work, you can also have a pantry built—or watch the Home RenoVision DIY video above and build your own. while this will Take up some space in your kitchen, it will enhance your cooking experience as your ingredients are out of the way but much easier to find when you need them.
You can also store small appliances, tools, and other items in your new pantry instead of on your counters or in your cabinets.
Cooking is a lot easier (and more fun) in a kitchen that’s built for it. From replacing the lights to building your own pantry, a little DIY can take your kitchen from messy to classy, not to mention far more functional.