Easy and Affordable Kitchen Updates

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At the Classic Kitchen & Bath showroom, we are changing things constantly. We are adding new displays, moving cabinets, painting walls, and more. Classic Kitchen & Bath strives to have the most up to date, popular materials and styles. If you want to change your kitchen style without spending thousands or gutting your entire kitchen, there are some fun and trendy things you can do and we’re here to help! We’ve looked at what we’re doing in our projects and scoured places like HGTV and This Old House to find the best new updates.

Cabinets & Hardware 

Open-shelving is very popular this year. To embrace the trend remove the hardware from your cabinets, starting at the top and going down, to take off those doors. Next, use wood filler to fill in holes left by the screws. Once that is dry, sand and smooth the edges. Pick a paint color for your new open cabinets and finish the project with a coat of paint. Using bright, pastel colors or white will brighten up your space and give it a cottage kitchen look. For less work, take off doors to one or two accent cabinets or buy a few additional open cabinets, like this display from Classic Kitchen & Bath’s front window!

Open Shelving as an Accent

If you’re looking for another radical change you can switch out your cabinets! Classic Kitchen & Bath carries River Run Cabinetry, a very affordable line of birch cabinets with six different finishes. We also carry many other brands and styles, so if you’re interested in  a new set of kitchen cabinets, be sure to stop by the showroom and have a designer show you around. You can also paint or refinish your existing cabinets to achieve a new look.

For a less dramatic change you can simply update your hardware. Go with colored glass knobs to add a pop of color, or mismatch patterned knobs for a funky look. The options are virtually endless for this easy update. Here are a few unique options we have in the showroom:

Assorted Hardware


One of the most popular projects is changing out the backsplash. There are many options for a backsplash. Tiling is the most popular, but there are different materials to use, some of which are easier to do by yourself and more affordable.  Classic Kitchen and Bath carries tile and more, so stop by the showroom to see different styles and materials.  A few backsplash materials include:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Mirrors
  • Stone
  • Tile (marble, granite, glass, ceramic)
  • Pressed Tin
  • Paint
  • Wallpaper

Each material will do something different for your space. If you are looking to create a certain style or look, make sure to research what materials interest you. Using mirrors as a backsplash creates the appearance of ongoing space to a small kitchen. Using dark colors and accents can add a luxurious and warm feel to the kitchen. Yellows, whites, and oranges are extremely fashionable, and they will brighten up a tired space. One of our favorite materials is river rock, shown here in CK&B’s showroom:

Grey Kitchen with River Rock Back splash

The texture of the river rock and the color of the surrounding cabinets and granite give this kitchen an earthy, serene feel.

Pinterest Inspiration

We’ve seen so many customers being inspired by Pinterest and we’re a little inspired ourselves… check out our Pins! These are our favorite DIY kitchen projects we’ve pinned so far:

We love the Chalkboard Paint ideas from HGTV.com. Multiple designers use chalkboard paint as a great accessory for the kitchen and other rooms. Our favorite is the chalkboard fridge. The idea is to paint your entire fridge with chalkboard paint, creating a unique look, and a versatile drawing board for grocery lists, notes, or even doodles!

Chalkboard paint refrigerator from HGTV design by Lauren Liess

Design by Lauren Liess, picture from HGTV.com

A fun way to add more counter space and storage is to repurpose an old dresser or table as an island. The original idea and more is from The Design File Blog. If you have the dresser, all you need is a beautiful counter top. A granite or quartz top will give your project the finished look it needs. We have a version of this in the showroom. We’ve played up this table with a wood top and some interesting hardware. The open bottom is perfect for storage or as a place to display your things.

Repurposed Table

For more information about Classic Kitchen & Bath, visit the website, facebook page, or the showroom located at 1930 Deyerle Avenue in Harrisonburg, VA.