Start Updating an 80s kitchen

Updating an 80s kitchen

If you do have a window, make sure it’s getting its due.

Here’s the thing, take some oak cabinets with a laminate countertop, complete with a several-inch backsplash, some country-looking knobs, fluorescent light fixtures, and one of those carved wood valences connecting the wall cabinets above the sink… Take those same cabinets, but update the counters and add some modern knobs, a classic tile backsplash, and some updated lighting, and the entire feel of your kitchen can change.

Removing that valence as well as possibly replacing an upper cabinet with some shelving, and your kitchen will look brand new, and totally pinterest-worthy!

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.

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.

IKEA sells premade countertops that range from $50 to $100 for an 8 foot length.

A simple white would look awesome with the warm wood 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.

Their kitchen before the remodel was hopelessly stuck in the eighties with outdated light fixtures, warm brown cabinets, mauve countertops, and a particularly dated linoleum floor.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.