The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, so it makes sense that we want it to be one of the best. But keeping a kitchen at its best can get expensive if you’re constantly hiring renovation crews. While some jobs require professionals, you can readily do other jobs yourself. Keep reading to learn about the kitchen improvements you can make yourself.
Install a Range Hood
With the right equipment, you can install a range hood vent yourself. This update will improve your kitchen’s appearance, clean your air, and provide task lighting above your stove. Read through the manufacturer’s instructions, and then measure the area for installation. You’ll need wire strippers, ducting, a cutting tool, a wall cap, a full caulk gun, and a drill with drill bits.
Update the Hardware
For a simpler DIY project, update the hardware on your cabinets and drawers. You could paint the handles a new color to make them stand out, or switch them out for a different style. This is a subtle way to update your cabinets without intensive painting. All you’ll need for this project is a screwdriver and the new hardware, or a bucket of paint.
Add a Pot Hanger
Another small project that will make a big difference is adding a pot hanger or a pot rack. Pot hangers instantly free up space because they keep pots, pans, and large utensils out of the way but still accessible. To add a pot rack, the necessary installation tools will vary. For smaller wall-mounted pot hangers, you’ll need a stud finder, a drill and drill bits, and a tape measure. Larger racks that hang from the ceiling will also require those tools, in addition to ceiling screw hooks and a chain.
Your kitchen probably has overhead lighting, but you can improve lighting in task areas by adding additional light sources under cabinets. There are several options to choose from, including rope lights and puck lights. Whichever option you choose, you’ll need a tape measure to ensure the lip of your cabinets is deep enough to hide lights, a pencil to mark where the light will go, and a screwdriver with screws to secure the light. Place the lights at the front of your cabinet’s bottom for optimal task lighting.
Installing a range hood, updating hardware, adding a pot hanger, and improving lighting are all kitchen improvements you can make yourself. While bigger projects will require professional help, these projects will improve the look of your kitchen without too much difficulty.