Becky has been wanting to give our kitchen a makeover since we moved in. We already have wood cabinets, granite countertops, and a tile backsplash, so I didn’t want to change those things. They are good quality and even though they aren’t what we would pick today, they were good enough to stay. That left us with changing anything else in the kitchen. We found a few simple changes made a big difference. Today I am partnering with Whirlpool to bring you some easy changes.
We wanted a sleek looking dishwasher, but our goal was to have a quiet one. We run it at night when the kids are asleep, but while we are watching TV. Our old one was loud. We found that the Jenn-Air TriFecta dishwasher is so quiet, it can be in that environment at only 40dBA.
ps- this goes for the washer & dryer, too.
Homeowners do not need to choose between products that are sustainable and products that are affordable. Whirlpool offers a “no-compromise” approach for homeowners by giving them high-performing products that have a small impact on the environment, an affordable purchase price and a low cost to operate.
2- Painted cabinets
We painted our cabinets in our previous house and the look was like night and day. Cherry to white – it really brightened the space. My friend just painted his cabinets a darker brown color and then he got the KitchenAid black stainless finish on his appliances and it seamlessly blends. It is a bold new look and really works. Plus, KitchenAid seems to be timeless and authentic, so it will always work in that space.
3- Open the kitchen
If you can take out a wall or even make a half-wall instead of a full wall, it will make a huge difference. Current consumer preferences, like the open kitchen, create opportunity with color finishes, textures, and sound. (If you have to take out a wall with the stove, move it to the island).
4- Add a bench.
We built a bench (built into the wall) behind the kitchen table to welcome people to sit and hang out. It is as long as the entire wall, is well padded for comfort, but also serves as a seat at the kitchen table. Homeowners everywhere are making it less like a kitchen and more like a living space.
5. Remove Cabinet Doors
Ditch the doors and you will have a look of open shelving. Becky’s parents have glass doors and her mom displays her favorite dishes and bowls. It adds interest to the room.