Erin Doman on December 16, 2015 1 Comment An outdated and old-fashioned kitchen can make your home feel tired and worn. If you are trying to sell your home, having an unattractive cooking space that looks behind the times can be a red-flag for potential buyers. However, there are ways to update that tired space without breaking your budget or removing all traces of your personality. Read on to discover ways in which your kitchen may be outdated, and what you can do to fix them. 1. Appliances Nothing screams “old” like a space with appliances in outdated colors or styles. Copper, avocado or seafoam green, harvest gold, and even pink were once popular choices for appliance colors, but modern homeowners want appliances that will stand the test of time in classic, clean colors and designs, such as black, white, and stainless steel. If your home has colorful appliances that still work well but are in need of a design update, you can paint them with tints that are specially designed for appliances. Painting your appliances can give your space a much-needed facelift and you won’t have to replace items that are still in working order. Microwaves can also be an indicator of the age of your eating space. In nineties remodels, microwaves with ventilation underneath found a space saving home above the stove, but over-the-range microwaves are now dated and outmoded. Newer designs feature an integrated style with a built-in or a microwave drawer. You can also have microwaves placed in open shelving cabinets or you can purchase a trim kit that will give the appliance the look of a built-in. An integrated microwave can mean a more visually streamlined area as well as a more efficient kitchen. 2. Countertops Your countertops can make a huge difference in the overall feel and appearance of your kitchen. Countertops that are an older style, material, or an old-fashioned color can really date the feel of your cooking area and even make it feel dirtier than it is. Not having enough counter space can also be a big downside, both for cooking or if you’re trying to sell your home. Granite, laminate, and tile countertops are all options that were once popular for kitchens but are now on their way out. Today’s homeowners are looking for more durable and eco-friendly options for their countertops, such as butcher block, soapstone, engineered stone, and even concrete. Removing dated countertops can be a huge step in making your space feel much more modern and clean, and depending on the material you choose, it can also be an affordable option to update your space. It is also possible to cover your existing countertops with new paint that is formulated to work on countertops, or you may be able to top them with specially cut tile to help renovate the space without needing to rip out anything. 3. Backsplash Many older kitchens lack a backsplash entirely or the ones they do have are dirty, stained, or too small. Updating or installing a backsplash can be a small change that makes a big difference in your home. Tile is a great backsplash option that is easy to keep clean, but it can be expensive and time-consuming to install. Many homeowners have simply painted their backsplash area, which is an easy fix, and even existing tile backsplashes can be sanded over and painted. Other homeowners have added wallpaper or removable vinyl adhesives in order to inject some personality in an otherwise bland space. The key is to make sure that the backsplash reaches all the way to the upper cabinets–a small backsplash just doesn’t cut it anymore. 4. Cabinets or Open Shelving An older style, color, or design of cabinets can make a space feel old and gloomy. Not enough cabinets can make storage a pain, and too many cabinets can feel claustrophobic. Updating, removing or installing new cabinets can change the entire feel of the kitchen. That being said, kitchen cabinet renovations are typically quite expensive. If replacing cabinets with newer models in a more modern design isn’t an option, simply painting cabinets can make a big change in the visual appeal of a kitchen. You can also resurface existing cabinets in order to get rid of heavily scratched or dinged cabinet doors, and resurfacing costs far less than replacing entire cabinets altogether. Open shelving can make a big change in your space, and removing existing cabinets for a more open feel can make a space feel much more modern and airy. Newer designs can help incorporate both open shelving with classic cabinetry, so you can show off some of your pretty dish collection while still being able to hide other, less attractive cooking items. 5. Hardware Replacing existing cabinet hardware can also go a long way in updating a space. Newer and more modern pulls and knobs as well as recessed or hidden hinges can heighten the visual appeal of your space and they can make the perfect finishing details that will leave a memorable impression on guests or potential buyers. 6. Flooring Adding new flooring can liven up a room in a hurry, and it can greatly impact the overall value of your home. A floating floor, made up of strips of wood flooring that snap together, can be put together quickly and easily. Floating floors require no nails, and they can often be placed right on top of existing concrete, plywood, or even ceramic tile floors. 7. Lighting Those big fluorescent lighting panels in many older kitchens are incredibly ugly and dated now. A nice variety of lighting can make your cooking space feel bigger and brighter, and it can appeal to potential buyers. Installing a variety of lighting fixtures, such as pendants, under cabinet lights, and perhaps a chandelier, can all help bring some light and life to the space. Make sure to get rid of those fluorescent tubes, and try to focus on energy efficiency as well when installing new fixtures. Kitchens are more than just areas for cooking and eating. They are often the gathering space for the entire family, and the place where the most socializing happens. Sprucing up your outdated eating space can make a big difference in the overall feel of your home.