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Refreshing Your Kitchen on a Budget

Written by Adrienne Wolter, Community Blogger | Feb 9, 2015 11:00 AM

Everyone knows that the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. And kitchens take a lot of abuse. Besides daily meals and heavy traffic, kitchens today are used as workspaces and areas for entertainment. Such activities quickly put wear on any kitchen, which can leave you in desperate need of an update.

But remodeling your whole kitchen is expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to give your old one a fresh look at a low cost. Cheaper than an entire remodel, the following tips can almost all be done by yourself - and in a single weekend.

Splash Some Paint Around

Nothing says "I feel new" like a fresh coat of paint. It's a great way to make the room feel fresh, and it has the added bonus of covering up any scrapes and dings on the walls. It's not always obvious, but nicks on the wall can make a room feel disheveled.

Neutral tones are always a safe bet if you aren't sure where to start with colors. From there, it can be fun to add powerful accent colors, like yellow or red. If you're looking for something brighter, HGTV recommends blue, red, yellow, or green.

If you're feeling a bit more daring, and want to go for something modern, take notice to the colors you see in sitcoms on TV. Sitcom sets often reflect current trends, and they can be a great way to get some inspiration. (It's like having a free designer for advice!)

Update Your Cabinets


Photo by Sitka Projects

This can be something that gets a little bit expensive if you aren't careful. So unless your current cabinets are falling apart, there's no need to dish out the money for anything too costly. There are quite a few ways to go about updating cabinets, so don't limit yourself to new doors (although that's a great place to start).

You can easily paint your cabinets. With only a few pieces of tape, you can use newly painted cabinets to add some accent colors to the kitchen. But don't limit yourself to just that. You can also give cabinets new life by adding new hardware, or adding wallpaper to the inside.

Upgrade an Appliance

This might sound like an expensive option, and it will be if you decide to purchase a brand-new range. Consider, instead, personal upgrades to your old appliances, which can make a big impact. For example, you might have an old, boring, white refrigerator. Instead of constantly trying to clean the dinginess away, purchase some chalkboard paint. One afternoon later, you can enjoy a freshly painted fridge that doubles as a message board. If that doesn't fit your style, you may be able to purchase a new front panel or door.


Photo by Joe Wolf

Get New Counters

New counters add some excitement to any kitchen. Admittedly, you might want to hire a professional for this job, but it's much simpler than a full remodel. There are many options to consider with new countertops, but if you want to make a big impact, consider a natural quartz countertop. They have a few advantages over traditional granite counters. They're easier to take care of, they never stain and they tend to run a bit cheaper too.

Install New Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to add a little pizazz to your old-school kitchen. It helps provide needed light, and it also makes your space appear larger. If you have a backsplash, this is a great way to bring it into the limelight. Keep in mind that new lighting may bring with it more attention to seldom-seen corners of your kitchen.


Photo by Lowe's

Add Shelving

Shelves are another great way to liven up any living space, kitchens included. Open shelving is a great way to add a pop. You can find some great buys at a flea market or second-hand store. Not only will it help you to clear out some of the clutter that kitchens so easily acquire, it can also make the room seem larger.

The next time you're feeling down about your kitchen arrangement, remember these two words: one weekend. In just a single weekend, you can transform your kitchen on a budget.

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