Small Upgrades for Small Kitchens Which Make a Big Difference

Got a small, apartment or condo-sized kitchen? Maybe some small upgrades is in order.

Looking to completely transform it without undertaking the time, expense and inconvenience of a full-on kitchen renovation?

Then check out these small, DIY upgrades which shouldn’t take too long or cost too much – but will have a dramatic impact.

Instant changes

You’re tired of looking at your kitchen and want something…different. But you’re worried about the limited space you have to work with.

With these instant fixes, your kitchen will be sporting a brand new look & feel in no time.

  • Update the hardware

If your cabinets or drawers still have the same handles as when you moved in, it’s time to change them. Doing so will instantly modernize and brighten your kitchen.

And if you’re so inclined, you may want to get new faucets and taps too.


  • Get new dishtowels

You want to add splashes of colour in your kitchen, but installing mosaic backsplash tiles or bright glass countertops aren’t options at this time.

Fresh, new and stylishly patterned dishtowels can add pockets of colours to your kitchen.

You can select dishtowels which enhance certain areas of your kitchen or get contrasting colours to make them really stand out.

  • Clean out the clutter

The easiest way to make your kitchen look and feel bigger is by de-cluttering it.

Take a look at your countertops. Chances are they’re stacked with:

  • Papers
  • Bills
  • Magazines
  • Letters
  • Pens/pencils

All that stuff is taking up valuable kitchen space. And it creates a cramped, tight atmosphere too.

Clearing it away, though, is free, fast and will make a big difference when it’s all done.

Kitchen art

  • Hang some art

Art in the kitchen? Why not?

The kitchen is a great place for things like posters or prints which in other rooms could be a distracting focal point.

But because the kitchen is a very utilitarian space, they’ll provide a spark of personality without being too dominant.

  • Place a rug

Maybe you aren’t able or allowed to replace the tiles on your kitchen floor.

Cover them up instead with a brightly coloured kitchen rug.

Not only will it look nice, but it also gives your feet a cozy, warm place to stand on in winter.

Weekend upgrades

Have a little bit of time (and budget) to spend on your kitchen upgrades?

Then roll up your sleeves and get to work with these weekend (or multiple weekends, depending on what you do) jobs.

Painting cabinets

  • Paint the cabinets

At NuStone Transformations, one of the most popular kitchen trends is cabinet refacing.

However, if that’s not something you’re interested in, painting the cabinets is a good way to spruce things up.

When painting your kitchen cabinets, keep in mind a few things:

  • You’ll probably need a few weekends to allow for proper drying
  • Fill any cracks and holes with filler before you paint
  • Get a foam brush for those tricky inside corners

Lastly, if you plan on using your kitchen while painting the cabinets, make sure to have a fresh air draft going through it.

  • Paint the walls

Can’t paint the cabinets?

Paint the walls instead!

Kitchen lights

  • Install new lighting

Those old, large rectangular fluorescent kitchen lights are incredibly passé.

Plus they don’t throw the right amount of light in your kitchen either. Certain corners will be kept in the dark and your kitchen will look smaller than it is.

Take down that 1980s style light fixture and install something modern, like pendants or task lighting.

Other lighting options to consider:

  • Get a dimmer to create various light levels
  • Install under-the-counter lights (it’s not as tricky as it sounds)
  • Place an ambient lamp in an easy-to-access, uncluttered corner of your kitchen

Want to completely transform your kitchen? Contact us.

If you have big plans for your small kitchen – whether it’s new countertops, backsplashes or cabinets, we want to help bring them to life for you.

Request a FREE in-home consultation today.

We’ll come to you – no matter where you are – bring along some samples and discuss your kitchen renovation needs.

When it’s done, you decide what happens next. You’re in total control. And it’s 100% FREE.

Schedule your in-home design consultation right now.

Contact Us