How to Give Your Portland Kitchen a Refresh

by | Oct 26, 2017 | Living Urban | 0 comments

Portland neighborhoods old and new feature a wide variety of architectural styles. Yet, unless you build from scratch, chances are you’re not going to get everything you want right off the bat.

Maybe your kitchen leaves a lot to be desired. Perhaps it’s simply not to your liking. In either case, it might be time for a few minor updates or a major renovation. Here are a few ways you can make your kitchen suit your tastes with some refreshing updates.


If you’re looking for an affordable way to update your Portland home, there are few quicker fixes than a fresh coat of paint. However, don’t just paint the walls. Do the cabinets, as well. This is a great way to embrace modern trends. It will add a splash of color to your kitchen. Additionally, you won’t have to drop the dough on a major remodel.

Open Cabinets

You can open cabinets by replacing panels with glass, removing doors completely, or pulling cabinets. Installing shelving creates an open, modern feel in Portland lofts and homes. With shelving, the effect can be especially stunning. This is achieved by installing counter-to-ceiling subway tiles or other backsplash material first.

However, prepare for some upkeep. If cabinet contents are exposed, they need to be clean and organized. Don’t forget to add under-lighting to shelves. By doing so, you will show off your collection of dishware and fancy food canisters.

Make the Old New

Portland is chock full of opportunities to nab antiques that will liven up Portland modern homes. Simply check out the Saturday market under the bridge, for starters. Find a few run-down pieces.

These can be things such as light fixtures, kitchen furniture and storage, small appliances, and so on. Revamp them to add retro kitsch to your kitchen. This will create a personalized living space that gets a lot of use.

Not so handy with the tools? You might be surprised by the number of places around Portland offering refurbished furniture, appliances, hardware, and more. Try Old Portland Hardware & Architectural for lighting fixtures, doorknobs, and knickknacks galore.

Also, check out Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage. They have reclaimed sinks, butcher blocks, and smaller items. This includes things such as vintage coffee pots and porcelain enamel storage containers.

Go Local

Let’s say you’re gung-ho for a gutting. In that case, start the renovation process by seeking locally-sourced materials for your kitchen overhaul. Use native stone and wood, seek recycled cabinetry and flooring.

Additionally, consider hiring a local craftsman. Doing so supports your community and cuts your carbon footprint. Often, it will save some money on upgrades.