If you’re looking for a project to keep you occupied, look no further than the kitchen inside your home! There are a plethora of renovation ideas out there, from the very basic – such as installing lighting or a water filter – to the more complex, such as building a backsplash or RTA cabinets, that will not only give you something enjoyable and constructive to do with a free afternoon (or two), but also a kitchen that you can be proud of. As many real estate experts will say, the return on investment is exponential and the options for DIY kitchens are nearly endless.

Installing a water filter

If you like pure water and already use a pitcher with a filter, consider adding a water filter to your faucet. Filtration systems for faucets are rather inexpensive, with most requiring no tools to install. This is a simple and quick upgrade that will free up room in the refrigerator if you use a pitcher.

New Lighting

Track lighting is ideal for a quick home improvement project since it simply plugs into the wall, so there’s no need to change any of the wirings. Lighting installed beneath the cabinets, for example, might bring your work surfaces even lighter and easier to utilize. If you want to make your base cabinets more visible, consider under-counter lighting as well.

New Sink & Faucet

So many options that it’s hard to narrow down! Of course, the style of your sink and faucet will play a huge role in design decisions. A new set can completely alter the look of your kitchen as well as provide you with more functionality. For instance, instead of buying individual parts for a faucet, such as a sprayer and soap dispenser, you can purchase complete systems that feature both features.

Renovating Your Backsplash

Just because you choose to do a DIY backsplash doesn’t mean you have to settle for a plain design. Pull inspiration from your favorite room in the house or experiment with patterns and colors that you might not have considered before. If you’re really looking to shake things up, consider tile mosaics for a one-of-a-kind backsplash.

RTA Cabinets

We know there’s a reason we like Ikea cabinets – they’re affordable and easy to install! Ready to assemble (RTA) cabinets are a great option for your kitchen renovation project since they come in many sizes and styles. You can save money since you won’t have to hire someone to custom-build cabinets, but there is one catch: assembly is required! Of course, this also means that you get to put your DIY skills to the test so it’s not all bad, right?

New Countertops

When it comes to countertops, there are a seemingly endless number of options. You can find everything from budget-friendly ready-made laminate countertops at big box stores to high-end quartz material that might draw some inspiration from nature with its patterns and colors. If you have patience and skill, you could even attempt to DIY your own countertop.

New Flooring

Are the floor tiles in your kitchen worn out? Does standing for hours on end have you ready to toss them aside and lay down new tile? If so, consider ceramic or porcelain tile that can be laid right over your existing floors. You might even want to hire a professional to do it for you, saving you the headache.

Crown molding

The crown molding around the kitchen cabinets provides a beautiful, finished look. It also fills in any gaps between your existing kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. There will be some variations in the space of the gap owing to faults in the ceiling, therefore exact measurements are essential – especially for corners.

DIY kitchen design tool

If you’re already re-envisioning your kitchen, why not go even bigger with a DIY kitchen design tool? While you’re completing one of your smaller DIY projects, maybe you’ll be inspired to take that remodelling to the next level with a full overhaul of your kitchen. Only Cabinets offers a free kitchen remodelling tool that helps you to envision your next kitchen – all from the comfort of your home! You can create a new kitchen, or just redo your existing one – it’s a great way to see what the possibilities are.