Updating an 80s kitchen

Go simple and classic, like white subways and a contrasting grout.

Avoid the mosaics trying to call your cabinets back a decade or two. check out The Ultimate DIY Lighting Guide for ideas to make your own.

Embrace the wood look and pick a paint color accordingly.

Before I had done anything else, removing the creamy countertop and painting the walls a cool gray-white really made a huge difference in the look of the cabinets.

oak or wood cabinets need not be removed or painted.

They are trending back in, and that makes it so much easier to update the kitchen without a complete overhaul on your cabinets.

In the new kitchen, Laura knew she wanted lots of cabinet space, along with a big kitchen island.

The couple likes to entertain, and she wanted to be able to have people gather around the island while she and Jason put the finishing touches on the meal.

Upper cabinets take a lot less abuse than base cabinets, and therefore a new paint job will last longer.

Their kitchen before the remodel was hopelessly stuck in the eighties with outdated light fixtures, warm brown cabinets, mauve countertops, and a particularly dated linoleum floor. With the addition of simple modern cabinets from IKEA, Laura and Jason brought their kitchen into the 21st century.

In addition to gutting the room, they also knocked down a wall to both give them more space and make the kitchen and living area one big room.

” Then keep those in mind while reading down this list.

My kitchen was dark, and even though the window was small, its size was diminished further by being flanked so closely with the wood cabinets.

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