27 Easy Ways To Improve The Appearance Of Your Kitchen
You spend a lot of time cooking in there, you might as well improve the view.
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1. Organize your hand-washing essentials with a corner sponge organizer because you need 'em within reach... might as well make 'em look a bit tidier!
2. Graduate from your mismatched collection to a set of silicone-coated kitchen utensils that are nice-looking but neutral enough to blend in a bit with everything in your kitchen.
3. Become a kitchen rug person with a *vinyl* runner that looks like a vintage Persian beaut but'll easily wipe up because spills WILL happen.
4. Brighten an icky tile floor with a grout pen so you don't have to stare at the stained grout and imagine what it used to look like. Grout takes up a teeny bit of space but, as you can see from the pics, makes a huge impact!
5. Repair chips, dents, cracks, and other eyesores with a set of 50 wood fillers. Dog scratched up your hardwood floors because he hears you dumping food in his bowl? NBD.
6. Stash all your plastic bags (hey, they make great bin liners plus you have to pay for them now in NYC!) with some plastic grocery bag wranglers light enough to hang on a hook on your wall *or* inside your kitchen cabinet. Just saying, these would look real cute in your pantry.
7. Spiff up stainless-steel appliances with a plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish spray (that comes with a microfiber cloth) for a low-lift transformation. Appliances are expensive. Their upkeep shouldn't be!
8. Or if you pine for stainless-steel appliances, you can cop the look with some stainless-steel-effect contact paper to get you the modern look of fresh appliances for chump change. OK this takes a little more work, but look at that payoff!
9. Protect your kitchen essentials from uncecssary wear and tear with some cabinet and drawer liners, even if your kitchen cabinets seem to be older than your grandma.
10. String up some (truly easy) under-cabinet lights to bring a modern touch to any outdated cabinets that you wish you could replace. This'll instantly make your kitchen look *so* expensive.
11. Tidy your kitchen drawers without sacrificing a bunch of your utensils with a slim cutlery organizer here to prove that, yes! You do have room for all your cutlery in your tiny kitchen drawer! Scoot over, forks. Seriously, did people in circa 1904 only have one fork per household?!
12. And bring some order to your junk or kitchen tool drawer with an adjustable drawer organizer and movable organizers so you can update your organization as you lose or gain new kitchen gadgets.
13. Mount an unassuming broom organizer as your new organization station so you don't have to lean a broom in the kitchen corner or shield yourself from a falling mop every time you open the pantry.
14. Cut the clutter in your cabinet where you stash your tea with a tea bag holder that'll save you some space, *plus* look nice enough to leave out on the counter for company when you offer up some coffee or tea.
15. Invest in a ~tasteful~ combo dish-drying mat that also has an adjustable drying rack to hold all those plates. Not all of us are lucky enough to have a double sink!
16. Swap out some unsightly rags for some nice looking dish cloths because they've gotta be out in the open. They might as well look nice!
17. Use some stove burner covers to help you catch the mess right away on gas stovetops. Or just cover up some chipped or sorry-looking stovetops. (I live in a rental with a white gas stovetop that def has some unsightly chips on it, so I can relate!)
18. Decant juice and other bevs into some squared-off carafes that'll not only look nice, but will fit in your fridge door. It's true, you *can* make the inside of your fridge look a bit nicer with a tad of organizing help!
19. Toss the old plastic containers stained with curry from your fave Thai takeout join (yum) and meal prep with these airtight stackable storage containers instead that'll stack nicely in your fridge without taking up too much room.
20. Give yourself some more countertop space (plus a nicer view) with a slim, slide-out caddy that's skinny but tall enough to place in the weird little space between your fridge and kitchen cabinets. This is also perfect for the stuff you put in the fridge but you don't really need to stash in the fridge.
21. Make your lower kitchen cabinet a thing of beauty(?!) with an accordion-like pots and pan organizer that'll easily adjust with your growing organizing needs. (Even that griddle pan you just had to buy.)
22. Store your serious cutlery on a magnetic knife strip (it only looks expensive) instead of that clunky old knife block squatting on your kitchen counter.
23. Free up some kitchen cabinet space with mounted wine racks for a storage solution that'll make getting a post-work pour that much easier. Plus it'll be a super easy way to display any especially decorative glasses.
24. Dress up that water stain that won't quit on your kitchen table with a charming burlap table runner because people will just assume that you're always ready to entertain.
25. More easily deal with fridge spills and hold onto your produce a bit longer with moisture-absorbing fridge bin liners that aren't a total eyesore. Picture this: Next time your kid knocks over juice in your fridge, thee liners can catch it rather than you having to take a drawer out of the fridge and awkwardly scrubbing it down in your sink. I've done that before and it's not great!
26. Hang tiny Command hooks on the inside of your kitchen cabinet to cease your measuring cups' nasty reign of hogging precious drawer space.
27. And if you're going for some extra credit, apply some peel-and-stick backsplash "tile" on a blank wall for a fraction of the price of *actual* tile installation.
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