By Kristen Mosier | Published May 28, 2021 11:17 AM
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When a total kitchen overhaul isn’t an option, some simple DIY projects can have a big effect on refreshing the look of your space. Many kitchen improvements can be done over a weekend with very little mess or headache.
Projects such as tiling a backsplash can be as simple as using a kit like SimpleMat, which comes with everything you need to get the job done in one day. Whether you want to tackle your backsplash, update your kitchen cabinets, or change your space’s design aesthetic, these tips can help you get started.
Adding a tile backsplash in the kitchen is an easy way to create visual interest to an otherwise bland space. The traditional process for installing a tile backsplash includes using thin-set mortar or mastic adhesives, which can be both time consuming and messy when mixing and applying. Fortunately, you can simplify this kitchen project by using SimpleMat, a product that eliminates the need for this step thanks to its double-sided adhesive mat that easily sticks to the wall. Unlike common adhesives, the mat retains its bonding strength for an extended period of time, allowing you to tile at your own pace. The tiles bond instantly once you have them up, so you don’t have to wait before the grouting step.
You can finish the project with SimpleGrout, which comes ready to use, eliminating the need to add water or mix. The mixture is sanded, as well as shrink- and crack-resistant. It can stand up to common household stains, making it perfect for a kitchen backsplash. If you’re looking to update your countertops as well, SimpleMat and SimpleGrout can be used for that too. Check out this video to see the quick and easy process for installing a backsplash using SimpleMat and SimpleGrout.
If you’re looking for a significant kitchen facelift, but are turned off by the high cost of new cabinets or the mess of sanding and painting, consider removing your upper cabinet doors for the look of open shelving. Keep it interesting by adding wallpaper or beadboard to the back of the cabinet or by painting just the inside of the shelves.
Before getting fancy, don’t forget to first clean the interior, fill holes, and consider a new coat of paint if necessary. For a polished look, coordinate your dinner- and drinkware, and consider adding a few decorative pieces. Mix and match different colored items and cookbooks for a more eclectic vibe. If you don’t feel your dishes are worthy of display, wire or wood baskets can effectively hide them or other items away.
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A stand out kitchen design doesn’t discount the details. Updating cabinet hardware and light fixtures have a surprisingly big impact on the look of your kitchen. If you don’t want to invest in new alternatives, a coat of spray paint will quickly change the finish.
Small items such as rugs, hand towels, and switch plate covers may seem like an afterthought, but these additions can also transform the aesthetic of the room. Lastly, consider unexpected accessories, such as handmade pottery items, rustic cutting boards, and colorful art to add personality to your space.
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