The Kitchen Refresh: What To Do When You Can’t Remodel

Finances, health, work schedule, and family are all possible reasons that a remodel project just won’t work for you. But that doesn’t take away the desire to make your home the best it can be! So what can you do for less time, money, and energy than a remodel would require?The Kitchen Refresh: What To Do When You Can’t Do a Full Remodel Project


Maybe you can’t devote the time to repaint your cabinets, and you don’t have the cash to replace them. What then? Replace your hardware! Is all of it that ugly brass from the ‘80s? Try a brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze finish instead. Or, if you like funk, mismatch your hardware. Shop around at your local thrift shops for some unique pieces. It’s amazing how much of a difference new knobs and pulls can make in your kitchen.

Window Treatments

If your kitchen has you feeling uninspired, brighten it up with some fresh window treatments. Try a light valance over the sink in a bright hue; or install one-way shades to let in maximum light without sacrificing privacy.


You will never enjoy spending time in a kitchen that feels dark and dreary. On the other hand, if the source of light in your space is trapped in an ugly fixture, that can be an even bigger downer. Fortunately, in the world of home updates, light fixtures are an easy fix. Choose light fixtures with an oil rubbed bronze finish to give your kitchen a farmhouse-chic look.


Sometimes refreshing your home doesn’t require replacing anything! The same effect can be achieved by rearranging the furniture or switching up your storage. Do you own some bulky, hard-to-store serve ware? Pull that pitcher or oversized bowl out of the cabinet and fill it with flowers, fresh fruit, table linens. Now you have a lovely centerpiece and extra cabinet space!

Sometimes a true remodel project is out of your reach, but your home can still feel new with these kitchen refresh ideas from Steel Design Solutions!