Top 10 Smarty Pants Kitchen Upgrades

Let’s talk kitchen upgrades.

Your kitchen is the room which commands the most attention; particularly if you’re planning on selling your home.

If you’re moving – or planning to stay for years – upgrading your granite kitchen countertops or having cabinet refacing work done will go a long way towards boosting the value of your home, in addition to increasing your enjoyment of it.

With that said, here are 10 smarty pants kitchen upgrades you can do which will make your kitchen look sharp – and make you look good.

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

 1. Cabinet refacing

Old looking cabinets can really impact the overall vibe that a kitchen gives off. Many times, home owners think that the only way to update their cabinets is a complete gut job.

A smarter (and more affordable) solution is to have your kitchen cabinets refaced. That involves replacing key components of the cabinets (doors, hinges, etc.) and refacing the cabinet box with new laminate or wood veneer.

2. New cabinet hardware

Replacing decades-old hardware is affordable, easy and effective. Hot kitchen design trends involve stainless steel or pewter pieces.

Little knobs are out, while long, sleek handles are in. And if you’re lucky, you can upgrade your cabinet hardware for as little as $20.

Granite Countertop

 3. Kitchen countertops

Countertops are the backbone of your kitchen. Without them, cooking or storing small appliances or other items would be…impossible.

Updating chipped, stained or worn-out kitchen countertops is a great way to give your kitchen an instant facelift. There are many different countertops to choose from:

4. Lights

Have an 80’s-style ball lighting up your kitchen? It looks old and probably doesn’t throw adequate light.

Improving the light fixtures in your kitchen makes a big impact on how your kitchen is perceived, especially if you’re planning to sell your home.

5. Floors

 The floor in your kitchen has multiple functions:

  • Comfort when walking on it
  • Anchoring and supporting the space

A good, modern floor design should utilize a neutral colour scheme. Depending on your budget (and the value of your house), you could update your kitchen’s flooring with laminate, hardwood or ceramic tiles.

6. Appliances

On one hand, you have appliances which may be old and outdated. On the other hand, they’re still getting the job done. So why replace them?

  • It’s always better to replace an appliance BEFORE it breaks on you
  • Your appliances may not match each other, giving your kitchen a disjointed look
  • They don’t fit properly in your kitchen

New taps and faucets

7. Taps and faucets

Faucets come in all shapes, sizes and designs. A really cool or modern looking faucet or tap can stop someone in their tracks (especially if you’re selling) and make them say “wow.”

You don’t need to spend a fortune on upgrading your kitchen faucets or taps. A modern faucet can really jazz up your kitchen for under $200.


Backsplash tiles

 8. Backsplash tiles

Mosaic backsplash tiles can turn any kitchen wall into a thing of beauty. Elegant, trendy, artful, backsplashes deliver a creative flair that can’t really be matched anywhere else in the house.

Backsplashes are the perfect opportunity for you to make a style statement. Be bold with a dark, mosaic pattern. Or stay soft with a neutral colour scheme. Just be certain the backsplash you choose does not clash with your kitchen’s look.

 9. The kitchen sink

If you’re updating your faucet, then you want to update your sink so that the finish on both items matches. You don’t have to shell out huge amounts of money on the kitchen sink, though.

 10. Paint colour

Colour is very important in your kitchen. Too bright, and it could appear sterile. Too dark and it’s uninviting.

If you’re not planning on moving or selling, then choose a colour that speaks to your personality. Red, orange and purple are great, fun choices.

However, if you’re looking to sell your home, then stick to a neutral palette to avoid putting off potential buyers.

Smarten up your kitchen with NuStone Transformations

All the ideas listed above are a great way to modernize your kitchen.  And NuStone Transformations can help with many of them, whether your kitchen is in Toronto, Oakville or Mississauga.

Call us today to arrange an in-home consultation and begin the process of turning your kitchen into something truly special with kitchen upgrades.