Six Things That Make Your Kitchen Look Outdated and How to Fix Them

Some kitchen trends are timeless, but others have an expiration date. Whether you’re thinking of sprucing up your house to sell or simply want to bring your kitchen into the current decade, here are some ideas to make improvements without breaking the bank.

  1. Pine Cabinets

Pine cabinets were popular in the ‘70s and ‘80s.  With a little elbow grease, you can rehab them back to present day in a weekend by sanding, priming and adding some neutral paint.  You can find everything you need at your local home improvement store.

  1. Retro Hardware and Faucets

Faucets and hardware could be considered the “jewelry” of the kitchen.  Replacing with aesthetically pleasing upgrades will not only modernize the space but may also end up saving you money as some come with water-saving features such as pause and resume functions.

  1. Inspirational Word Art

If you have words such as “love” or “eat” on your kitchen wall, it’s time to kick them to the curb.  Replace them with timeless paintings or photographs instead of trends that tend to go out of style quickly.

  1. Drab Colors

Paint colors typically go out of style every decade: think avocado walls if you’re not sure what we mean.   If you can’t remember when your kitchen was painted, it’s probably time for a fresh update with a light, natural color.

  1. Funky Lighting

Old, mismatched ceiling fixtures are a true sign of an outdated kitchen.  Replacing them with simple recessed lighting is a nice touch that makes a huge difference in your kitchen space.  Add a dimmer switch for evening to add a calming effect.

  1. Mounted Pots and Pans

Hanging pots and pans from ceiling racks was in fashion 20 years ago.  Chances are some of those pans are rusty and dusty, not to mention difficult to reach.    Taking down the rack may require some patching and paint, but will quickly modernize your space.