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Elegant Kitchen Update Ideas

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It’s getting closer to spring, and I am becoming more indecisive about which direction I want to go with some of the kitchen updates we are planning. It seems the more I search, the more options I start to consider. While I love my cozy, homespun cottage, farmhouse style kitchen, there are also those more glamorous French Country and modern kitchens that seem to catch my attention on Pinterest and in magazines. While I probably would never go for a “high end” look (simply because I could never part with my vintage kitchen junk!) I am looking for easy ways to make some elegant changes to the kitchen. Since staying within our budget is always a priority, I decided to create a post to share some elegant kitchen updates that can work in any kitchen regardless of budget. Even if all of these updates cannot be made at once, just one or two can add  elegance. And just for extra inspiration I have thrown in some gorgeous and elegant kitchens as eye candy!

Luxurious White cabinets to ceiling, nice have to have big drawers, Be still my heart!!!!


Elegant Kitchen Updates

 Cabinet Doors And Hardware

Before ripping out fixtures or tearing the cabinets from the walls, you might want to think about simply upgrading the kitchen cabinets. You can update your kitchen without spending too much money simply by changing the cabinet doors. Rather than replacing the entire cabinets, you can resurface the doors, repaint them or even replace them altogether with doors that have glass windows. 

Kitchen cabinets - like the interesting look of not all the cabinets being at the same level.


If you choose to repaint your cabinets, consider a bold color such as black for cabinet bases. You can even remove upper cabinets altogether and use open shelves instead for drastic new look. You can then repurpose the upper cabinets for storage in the basement or a craft room.


Whether you're starting from scratch with a new reno (lucky!) or just looking for a simple update or refresh for your kitchen, changing up your hardware is a small way to make a big impact



Transform standard builder grade cabinets into custom with the addition of rope molding, paint & glaze (and maybe a little crown molding on top) - the blog doesn't tell you how to do it, but with Pinterest, it shouldn't be hard to find out... by holly


By sanding down the cabinet doors and restaining or varnishing them, you can give them a completely new look. Adding molding and trim is another great way to achieve the look of high end cabinets for a fraction of the cost.  For some great tips on sanding and varnishing wood be sure to check out: The Guardian. If you don’t want to repaint, resurface or repaint your cabinet doors you can simply change out the hardware for a drastic update.



Update The Countertop

If you new countertops are in your budget then you can certainly change the whole look of your kitchen and give it a designer edge by purchasing high end marble or granite from Worldstone . Either could give your kitchen a designer edge and ensure it looks absolutely fantastic.

That arabesque backsplash is gorgeous!


If granite or marble isn’t in your budget, you can try DIY Giani Counter Resurfacing to achieve a high end look on a budget.

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Add A Unique Feature

Consider adding a unique feature that will make your kitchen feel more elegant. An appliance garage can keep your kitchen cabinets and countertops clutter free while concealing appliances that are used daily and making them easily accessible.

Declutter with an Appliance Garage ... " Include an electrical outlet at the back of the cabinet for convenience."


Microwave, toaster oven, coffee appliances all together and hidden behind doors. Love this!

You can also keep unsightly garbage cans hidden by installing a pull out trash can in an island or underneath a cabinet.

Step by step tutorial on how to take a existing drawer and door and turn it into a pull out trash can. This will save you hundreds of dollars!


Update The Backsplash

While beadboard is perfect for farmhouse and cottage kitchens, consider tile or brick for a touch of old world elegance.

Breathtaking 29 French Country Kitchen Modern Design Ideas Pairing stone slab countertops with a pure stone tile backsplash is an extremely popular appearance. If you don't have a current kitchen backsplash, it's the suitable time to have an excellent chance and add elegance and attractive one for only a few...



Chip and Joanna make over a large mid-century home, taking full advantage of a hefty renovation budget to create grand, luxurious spaces that are classically elegant with a touch of French country.



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Add Glam Lighting

Could I just transplant most of this kitchen to my house? CA kitchen reno in which I love almost everything.


Adding a glamorous light fixture or chandelier in place of a pot rack or utilitarian light is a really easy way to add elegance.

Girly fun:


Use Fresh Flowers

Last but certainly not least, displaying a bouquet of fresh flowers is probably the quickest and easiest way to add beauty and elegance to a kitchen. While flowers can’t be called an “update” they can certainly keep the kitchen looking bright and fresh.

3 tips for buying flowers and a beautiful spring bouquet under $15 - You know what is on my everyday, every week shopping list? It is something that is right th...


Granite Countertops - Even though this material is in just about every kitchen these days, people are starting to favor countertops that are more versatile and low-maintenance, like quartz. "Granite is durable, I will give it that, but it lacks the beauty of marble or the sleekness of quartz," Crowell told Trulia. See other decor trends to say goodbye to in 2018 at


As with any home renovation project or makeover, simple changes can have a huge impact. While I am still not sure which of these elegant changes I might want to incorporate when we start our kitchen makeover, I am certain I will be using fresh flowers as often as possible! I hope you have enjoyed these ideas and photos I have shared today. As we move forward into the makeover I will be sharing a few more inspirational kitchen round up posts as well. Now I am off to explore all the link ups at Thursday Favorite Things to see what fun ideas other bloggers are sharing. Be sure to come over and check out the party, it’s so much fun! See you there!


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