Quick Kitchen Upgrades to Consider for the Holidays

Right smack in the holiday season may not seem like a good time to do kitchen upgrades, but better late than never. The kitchen is the workhorse of the home as well as the center of entertainment, especially during the holidays. It has to be functional as well as attractive, so kitchen upgrades is a must have rather than a luxury.
Strategic kitchen upgrades can make the kitchen more efficient, providing homeowners with a better place to prepare all those meals and entertain guests. The holidays are about getting friends and family together in an enjoyable way. Here are some quick kitchen upgrades to consider for the holidays to make that happen.

1. Incorporate reclaimed wood

reclaimed wood on accent wall
Reclaimed wood in the home is trending in a big way, and it is not only about protecting the environment. Well-preserved and properly reclaimed wood looks fantastic, giving off an old world feel and warmth that goes well with all types of kitchen designs, from traditional to modern.
Consider replacing cabinet doors with reclaimed wood for rustic kitchens, or putting it up as a wall accent in a modern kitchen. The holidays is the perfect time to do this minor upgrade as it will not disrupt the work in the kitchen for any amount of time, or represent a major cost to the homeowner, but it has a significant impact on anyone that sees it.

2. Put in new countertops

granite countertops
Putting in new countertops is part and parcel of a major kitchen remodel, but it is also a highly effect kitchen upgrade on its own. Granite or quartz countertops can produce that wow factor and drama, and at the same time improve the function of the kitchen in immeasurable ways.

Both granite and quartz countertops are available in a wide range of designs and colors that are sure to bring out the best in any kitchen. If you want marble countertops, but do not want to contend with the care it needs, you can choose quartz that mimics the look of marble. You can also go the opposite way and choose a color and design that is unmistakably quartz.
Putting stone countertops in is easier than it sounds. It requires just a couple of days to do the prep work and installation provided you work with a reliable remodeling company with a quick turnaround.

The best thing about quartz or granite countertops, however, is they are very tough, and can handle anything you can throw at it that comes with preparing huge meals for parties and celebrations. They will not chip, crack, or sustain lasting damage. It is the easiest way to update your kitchen and impress your guests for the holidays.

3. Upgrade kitchen cabinets

kitchen cabinets with interesting hardware
Another great way to update your kitchen is to refresh or replace your kitchen cabinets. Cabinets take up a lot of space in the kitchen, so it is natural enough that it has a big impact on the look and feel of the kitchen. Tired, old, and outdated cabinets makes your kitchen look tired, old, and outdated.

Fortunately, you can easily upgrade cabinets without replacing them completely, provided they are in good condition. You can replace the cabinet doors with a more modern design or style, such as glass inset doors to open up your kitchen. You can also refresh them by painting them a bold color, or distressing them for an antique or rustic feel. If you don’t have the time or budget to do any of that, simply replace pulls and knobs with stylish and gorgeous new hardware.

4. Update faucets

modern faucet for kitchen sink
A great idea for a kitchen upgrade is putting in a smashing new faucet. You would be amazed at how much difference a new faucet can make to the look and feel of the kitchen. This is especially true if you have not replaced them for a long while, and you have recently put in new cabinets and counters.

You have many options when it comes to materials and styles of the faucets. These include shiny, stainless steel in the modern style, brass faucets in the vintage style, and anything else in between.
You also have faucets with motion sensors, flexible hoses, and low flow technology, any of which vcan make your kitchen more functional. The kitchen sink and faucet is the most used part of the kitchen, so having better and more efficient hardware is always a good idea.

5. Add under cabinet lights

under cabinet lights
A kitchen needs to have good lighting, but more is not always better. You need to design your kitchen so that you have overhead lights as well as work lights you can control with a dimmer. Most kitchens do have sufficient overhead lights but not under cabinet lights, which is crucial for making your kitchen more efficient and attractive.

Fortunately, you can easily put in under cabinet lights on your own even if you have no DIY experience in installing lights. You can get battery-powered LED lights in both puck and strip forms that typically come with an adhesive backing or clips. You simply put them under cabinets and turn them on. These lights come in different colors and intensities, so you can choose what you want for the best effect for your kitchen.


You do not have to spend a lot of money or time to update your kitchen. These quick kitchen upgrades are very effective in giving your kitchen the wow factor. It does help if you have a reliable remodeling contractor handling some of them for you. GBC Kitchen and Bath is just the company you need. We sell only the best products from the top manufacturers and suppliers in the country and have a proven track record in completing bathroom renovations on time and on budget.

When you contact us for your planned kitchen upgrade, the first thing we will do is give you a free design consultation and quote, so you are already ahead without spending a dime. We can promise the best customer service, expert fabrication and installation, and speedy execution of any project so that you finish on time and on budget. You will never get that from big box stores.

We guarantee the quality of our products, and you can see it for yourself in our showrooms in Rockville Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia. We service the DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas, specifically Alexandria, Arlington, Washington, Tyson, Vienna, Falls Church, Fairfax, Springfield, Burke, Bethesda, and Rockville.

Contact us today to get a free quote for your kitchen upgrade needs this holiday season!