When you ask most of us which room we want to update the most, the majority will answer the kitchen. We spend a good amount of time there, cooking, eating, doing homework, entertaining…Problem is, kitchen remodeling not only takes a lot of cash, but a fair amount of time as well. We found TBD readers some great one day kitchen updates that won’t take a lot of time or money! You can start making that kitchen dream space this weekend!



Starting you off with a lesson on how to update your cabinets for less than $10, KariAnne from ‘Thistlewood Farms‘ always has a great project for you! Easy, fast idea! Be sure to pay attention to how she made the cabinet change stand out, it’s the key!



If you already have painted cabinets (we are NOT going to tell you how to paint cabinets in this post, as that is NOT a one day project in any DIY’ers world!), then think about adding a distressed finish. This is an easy, “after the fact” project that can be done in a day, but will totally make you fall in love with your kitchen. Great for farmhouse or cottage style. Vintage lovers pay attention! Tutorial from HGTV.




Remodelaholic‘ shares these kitchen updates by Cassie of ‘Design Stocker’… Cassie did these DIY concrete countertops quick, by just coating the existing counters! Lot’s of step by step photos, I would LOVE to try this… Less than $200 for the entire kitchen!

One Day Kitchen Updates


Add this stainless steel backsplash with this tutorial by ‘Family Handyman‘… what makes this faster than doing any ordinary backsplash? It requires no grouting! And you have to love the modern edge the metal gives a kitchen…




From Kim at ‘The Kim Six Fix‘, learn how to turn white appliances into stainless steel, for less than $25! (Or any color, for that matter!) This is quick, and requires no paint…

One Day Kitchen Updates


Build a custom kitchen range hood with HGTV… Don’t know if you have noticed, but these can be very pricey, and they make an immediate difference creating a “built in” high end look.




BHG‘ recommends using decorative storage to make a kitchen work harder, look prettier… Glass containers, baskets in cabinets with drawers or doors removed, or adding small crates for countertop extra storage are easy projects that add instant charm.





Finally, from ‘In My Own Style‘, this kitchen makeover shows us how to use stock molding to create a custom cabinet look! Love this idea, and you have to click thorough to see all her kitchen updates. Beautiful!



We hope you enjoyed our post on One Day Kitchen Updates! We think you will also want to jump right on over to How to Install a Backsplash and How to Organize Your Kitchen on a Budget!

Image Credits: Thistlewood Farms, HGTV, Remodelaholic, Family Handyman, Kim Six Fix, HGTV, BHG, In My Own Style


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  1. doneva March 26, 2015 at 8:26 am

    you have some great ideas. when we built our home I had a hard time picking out a backsplash. went to home depot bought a roll of roof flashing and glued it to the wall. looks like stainless steel, is easy to clean (no grout) and is inexpensive. after 15 years still looks good. started out with open shelving in my kitchen because I like the look but after a couple of years got rid of them because everything has to be taken down and cleaned. they always look so nice on tv and pictures in magazines.

  2. Mel August 23, 2015 at 9:19 am

    How has the stainless steel held up since completion? Peeling? Scratches? Discoloration?

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Mel, I would suggest you contact the blogger responsible for the project you are looking at, they are posted as links right there with each project. Good luck!

    2. Gracey October 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Mel – I used stainless steel film purchased off EBay to cover the front of our old black dishwasher over a year ago, and it has held up perfectly. The color wasn’t an exact match to the new stainless steel appliances, but it’s dang close and no one would ever guess it was film. You can’t even tell if you touch it. I’ve been thrilled!!


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