How To Update Your Kitchen With Paint

If you're pining for a kitchen remodel but have a very limited renovation budget, don't underestimate the power of paint. Simply applying fresh coats of paint, or adding color where there was none, can go a long way in transforming your outdated kitchen.

Kitchen painting goes beyond the walls, since you can update other tired areas as well, such as cabinets and other furniture items. Set aside a weekend or two for painting and you'll feel like you have a completely new space.

Here are some creative kitchen-painting ideas:

1. Cabinets

Replacing your old kitchen cabinets can be costly, so squeeze a little more life out of them with a few coats of paint. Painting will give you the chance to brighten up dark, gloomy cabinets, or cover years of stains and imperfections. Just make sure to thoroughly clean and prime the surfaces before tackling this project so that the paint adheres well.

If you want to add a pop of color to a neutral space, consider classic colors, such as cherry red or sunny yellow, which will make a big impact without looking showy.  You can also create a completely new kitchen décor style around the color, such as a retro-inspired look with red or a garden-chic space with yellow.

After you've finished painting, splurge on a few new matching textiles, such as rugs, potholders and dish towels, for a fresh, coordinated look.

2. Baker's Rack

Another way to easily revamp your kitchen is by painting your vintage baker's rack, which is not only charming but useful storage space as well. To keep with an antique or shabby chic kitchen style, give a worn-out wood rack a few coats of white or eggshell-colored paint.

If you have an unsightly gold or silver metal baker's rack, take it outside or into a well-ventilated area and spray it first with primer and then with one or two coats of spray paint that's intended for use on metal.

3. Backsplash

You may not think that an updated sink backsplash will be noticeable, but the small area can make a big impact.  First, choose a paint recommended for use on your particular backsplash material, such as wood or ceramic tile.

If you have dark cabinets, brighten up the look with a light, fresh paint color. You can also add a bit of drama with a dark backsplash/light cabinet combo.

For a more customized look, use stencils to create designs and patterns on the backsplash.