10 Ways to Modernize Your Outdated Kitchen with Remodeling

November 9, 2023 | Andray Shcherban

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in any home. A great kitchen makes your daily life easier, adds style to your home, and boosts your property value. On the other hand, a poorly designed or outdated kitchen can really take away from your home’s functional, aesthetic, and monetary value. If your kitchen isn’t working for you, it’s worth making a change!

Updating an old kitchen is one of the most impactful home renovation projects you can take on! A well-planned kitchen remodel can give you:

Keep reading to discover our top 10 tips for how to transform an outdated kitchen!

Evaluate Your Kitchen in Its Current State

Before you get started tearing down cabinets or choosing flooring and paint colors, it’s important to take the time to consider what exactly you want to change about your current space. As you begin planning your project, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

Taking the time to consider what you want to change about your current space can guide your decisions as you develop a vision for your new kitchen and find the right design-build contractor to transform your ideas into a reality!

1. Upgrade Your Cabinetry

recently remodeled kitchen with brown cabinets and marble countertops

Cabinets are almost always one of the most noticeable features in a kitchen. If you’re on a tighter budget, you can update your existing cabinets by painting or staining them and adding new hardware. You can also choose new cabinets in a different style and include modern features, such as:

2. Get New Smart Appliances

smart fridge in a modern home

No list of modern kitchen renovation ideas would be complete without mention of smart appliances! From refrigerators that automatically suggest recipes and shopping lists, to remote-controlled dishwashers, to stoves with in-oven cameras, these incredible smart technologies can make your life easier and more fun while saving you money by offering optimal energy efficiency.

You can also add smart countertop appliances like air fryers and coffee makers for an even more modern kitchen experience!

3. Get a New Functional Kitchen Layout

When it comes to updating an old kitchen that isn’t meeting your needs, there are few things more important than the floor plan and layout. Is your current kitchen closed? Maybe you want to open it up and add an island or peninsula! Is your sink tucked away in a dark corner? It might be worth moving it so you can look out an open bay window while you do the dishes! 

A reputable design-build contractor like Kamanski Construction in South Carolina can help you determine how to change your kitchen’s layout to make the biggest impact in the most cost-effective way. 

4. Replace Your Countertops

remodeled luxury kitchen with beautiful marble wall and white countertops

Outdated countertops are one of the more frustrating aspects of an old kitchen. Modern countertops not only look better and more stylish, but they can also make cooking and cleaning your kitchen much easier. Different countertop materials offer different pros and cons. When you make your final selections, you’ll probably want to look for materials that:

Related: 10 Custom Kitchen Countertops, Cabinets, & Island Ideas

5. Add a Functional Island with Seating

remodeled kitchen with an island and barstools in south carolina
Remodel by Kamanski Construction. See more pictures HERE

Kitchen islands are almost universally loved by homeowners because they can significantly improve both the functionality and aesthetic appeal of a kitchen. Not only do they give you a lot more countertop space and cabinet storage, but you can also move your sink or range to your island for a more practical layout. You may also want to add an outlet on the side of your island and include counter-height seating!

6. Change Your Flooring

remodeled kitchen in duncan south carolina that is open  and has grey cabinets with silver hardware
Remodel by Kamanski Construction. See more photos HERE

Flooring is an important consideration in any home remodel. But it’s especially important in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens where spills and excess moisture are inevitable. When choosing the right flooring for your new space, it’s important to think about design style, durability, scratch- and heat- resistance, and comfort.

7. Transform Your Backsplash

farmhouse style kitchen with white cabinets, black hardware, and brick backsplash
Remodel by Kamanski Construction. See more photos HERE

Backsplashes aren’t usually one of the first things you think about when it comes to updating an old kitchen, but they can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your space. 

Choosing a backsplash can be tricky because of the location. It needs to look good with just about every other material and feature you choose. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of options! From natural stone and brick to contemporary geometric tiles, there’s an abundance of beautiful kitchen backsplash ideas to suit just about any style!

8. Install New Lighting

remodeled kitchen and dining area with high quality bright lighting in south carolina
Remodel by Kamanski Construction. See more photos HERE

Great lighting adds a touch of elegance to any space. It’s also essential for safety to prevent falls and eye-strain. Since we tend to use our kitchens throughout the year and at all hours of the day, it’s a good idea to choose a lighting design that gives you control and flexibility. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

9. Revamp the Sink

clean remodeled kitchen

Contemporary kitchen sinks offer more design options, easier-to-clean materials, and features that make cooking more convenient. Here are a few options you could consider to modernize your kitchen sink:

10. Add Beautiful Decorative Touches

modern remodeled kitchen in south carolina
Remodel by Kamanski Construction. See more photos HERE

While major features like flooring, cabinets, or countertops require you to make a long-term commitment in your kitchen remodel, the finishing touches give you the chance to experiment with your creativity! Add wall art, decor, countertop appliances, cutting boards, and organizers that you love and inspire you to want to spend time in your new kitchen!

These are things you can change and update over the years or even seasonally, so let your own personal style and current preferences be your guide.

Update your kitchen with all the modern amenities in any design style with Kamanski Construction!

newly remodeled kitchen with grey cabinets and backsplash and overhead lighting

At Kamanski Construction, we’re all about creating beautiful and functional spaces to meet the unique needs of every family we work with. We want you to love your home now and for many years to come!

We’re a family-based, full-service home builder and residential contractor serving our community in the Greenville/Duncan area in South Carolina. Our amazing team of designers and builders are committed to taking the time to get to know your specific needs, preferences, and personal tastes so we can transform your vision into your family’s everyday reality!

Take a look at our portfolio to see what we can do and to get inspiration for your project, and contact us online or give us a call at 864.800.9912 to discuss your ideas!