39 Ways To Make Your Kitchen The Best Room In The House
::gestures to wall clock with a lady swimming in mac 'n' cheese on it and, of course, an air fryer::
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1. String up some (truly easy) under-cabinet lights to bring a modern touch to any outdated cabinets that you wish you could replace.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.
2. 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.
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. Or REALLY snazz up the floor space with a Ruggable x Jonathan Addler washable runner because maybe your kitchen floor isn't a design focal point NOW but it COULD be.
5. Speaking of the floor, brighten an icky tile one 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!
6. 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.
7. Customize your kitchen wall storage sitch with moldable glue because you might as well customize your stuff in a way that works for you instead of deigning to use ugly organizers that sorta meet your needs.
8. Cop the look of stainless-steel with some stainless-steel-effect contact paper to get you the modern look of fresh appliances for chump change. OK this takes a little bit of work, but look at that payoff!
9. Or spiff up *actual* stainless-steel appliances with a plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish spray (that comes with a microfiber cloth) for a low-lift transformation. Now you can admire your gorgeous visage in your dishwasher.
10. Transform the inside of a cabinet door into your baking and cooking ground zero with a set of measurement decals you can glance at rather than googling "how many teaspoons in a tablespoon" for the millionth time. (BTW, the answer is three.)
11. 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!
12. Decant your hand soap and dish soap into stainless-steel-and-glass soap dispensers that'll jibe better with you stainless-steel sink and kitchen aesthetic than that bottle of branded Dawn. (Sorry Dawn, I <3 you.)
13. And don't forget to label your decanted hand and dish soap, lest someone end up with a palmful of Dawn when they're just trying to wash their hands.
14. 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.
15. Protect your kitchen essentials from unnecessary wear and tear with some cabinet and drawer liners, even if your kitchen cabinets seem to be older than your grandma. plus, maybe you'll find a cute pattern that'll make you happy when you reach for your fave Pyrex!
16. 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.
17. 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. If you're into organization, this is about to make you *so* happy.
18. Declutter your cleaning essentials with an unassuming broom organizer 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.
19. Replace that icky ole dish brush or sponge with some Swedish dishcloths in some designs you'll wanna show off.
20. Invest in a portable dishwasher if your kitchen doesn't already have one and a sink full of caked-on gunk is what normally keeps you from spending more time cooking.
21. Upgrade to some chic as heck plates you can put in the microwave *and* dishwasher. Even frozen pizza is going to look amazing in your future flat lays.
22. 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.
23. Give your cook space a pro look with a magnetic knife strip (it only looks expensive) instead of that clunky old knife block squatting on your kitchen counter.
24. Put a countertop refinishing kit to work by creating a granite-look upgrade in the heart of your home.
25. Learn how to paint your countertop to look like expensive stone marble. (Getting actual marble is a HUGE, expensive project.)
26. Zhuzh up a lackluster rental countertop with marble-print contact paper that'll make for a much lovelier Insta background for showing off all your culinary masterpieces. Gotta love a low-commitment, budget-friendly option.
27. And if you want a total kitchen transformation, dedicate a weekend to a kitchen cabinet painting kit that requires ZERO stripping or priming. It *might* make you wonder if you're in someone else's house before you've had your coffee.
28. Post up a visual reminder to flavor your food accordingly with a hot sauce print featuring the regular suspects for dialing a weeknight dinner up a notch.
29. Admire your Kitchen-Aid mixer even *more* on the reg with a cute unicorn horn. Time to chuckle as you refill your coffee.
30. 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!
31. 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. It doesn't take a mathematician to figure out an organized fridge will help make cooking (and eating food before it goes bad) so much easier.
32. Add a little practical pizzazz to your walls with a cheesy dream wall clock that'll make sure you don't lose track of time in your new fave room.
33. Fill out a customizable family cookbook with those heirloom recipes that taste better than anything you could ever get in a restaurant. Talk about some kitchen motivation!
34. And while we're on the subject of nostalgia, order a custom kitchen towel with a print of a handwritten family recipe as something to constantly leave out as a nice reminder!
35. 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.)
36. Bring another source of light into your cook space with some avocado string lights because you love a theme *and* being able to see what you're cooking.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. Just buy an air fryer. But really, have you talked to anyone in their 30s in the past year? People are obsessed! And it'll make you love you time spent in the kitchen so much more.
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