One of the best Valentine’s Day gifts you could give your partner is a kitchen upgrade. The kitchen is the center of the home, and if yours is getting old and tired, a few updates may be in order. You may be hesitant to start because you worry that your kitchen upgrade will cost too much. Fortunately, though, there are many ways to freshen up your kitchen without exceeding your budget.
Here are a few low-cost improvements to surprise your loved one this Valentine’s Day:
Paint the cabinets
Add a new coat of paint to your cabinets—either upper or lower. Don’t feel like you have to paint them all. The trend now is for two-toned cabinets. If your old cabinets are dark, paint the upper cabinets a lighter shade to match the wall. This will allow them to blend in with the walls for the illusion of a bigger space.
Add wallpaper inside your cabinets
Lining the inside of your kitchen cabinets with wallpaper is an inexpensive way of making your kitchen appear new and beautiful. Choose a modern and attractive wallpaper pattern. This will look especially good if you have glass doors on your cabinets.
Spiff up your backsplash
The backsplash above your cooking surface or sink may need a facelift. You can paint it with a color that is different from your walls and cabinets for contrast. Use high-gloss paint in a cheerful shade to liven up your kitchen.
For a more durable backsplash, install tiles instead of simply painting it. If you already have a tiled backsplash, consider re-tiling it using a more contemporary design. While re-tiling your backsplash might be an extensive project, your partner will recognize your gift of time and elbow grease.
Your hard work in upgrading your kitchen will be rewarded by your partner’s appreciation. You’ll continue to reap the benefits all year long as you enjoy cooking and eating in a beautiful new space.