For so many of us, the kitchen plays a crucial role in our daily lives. It may be safe to say that the kitchen gets more traffic than any other room in the house. It's a busy place, and it isn't just for cooking. A huge amount of life happens in the kitchen, and this is why we think it should be a place you love. You don't have to entirely overhaul your kitchen to transform it. Small changes here and there can go a long way, and they don't have to empty your savings. Check out some of our favorite ways to update your kitchen on a budget.
1. Deep Clean
Get out the gloves, sponges, buckets, and mops! Cleaning your kitchen is one of the best ways to give it a fresh look. Wipe down everything: the ceiling, counters, walls, and floors. Cleaning appliances will not only make the kitchen shine, but it will also increase their longevity. Be sure to take safety precautions and check appliance manuals before cleaning.
Once the kitchen is clean, try mixing things up! Rearranging a room is a fast and fun way to bring in new life. Move the dining table, shift the microwave, or clear the counter tops. Try out more than one thing. Once you find the right setup, you will know.
Paint the walls. Paint the cabinets. Paint something! Painting is an absolutely fantastic way to transform any space. The necessary supplies shouldn't be too costly, and it can be done in a day. Find a color scheme you like and go for it! Pro tip: For a consistent color, box the paint before getting started.
Another fun option for walls is beadboard paneling. It is generally affordable and instantly adds charm to the room. Get the best of both worlds (paint and beadboard paneling) by creating a beadboard wainscot! Install the paneling on the bottom half of the wall and paint the top half.
3. Add Open-Face Shelving
Turning a cabinet into open-face shelving can be a fun weekend project that will bring a modern look to your kitchen. Choose a cupboard in a place that would make sense to have shelving -- somewhere you may want to display fine china, ceramic pieces, cookbooks, or potted plants. For added flair, paint the back wall of the cabinet an accent color or cover it in fun wallpaper.
4. Replace Faucet
Installing a new faucet can be done in less than an hour, and it can go a long way to improve the look of your entire kitchen. While you're at it, take an SOS Pad to your sink. You will want the sink to shine just like your fancy new faucet!
5. Update Hardware
Switch out old cabinet knobs for new ones. Before heading to the store and purchasing the ones you like, take a look at the holes already in your cabinets to ensure you buy something that will fit. You may be surprised by how much this can update the feel of the entire kitchen. Replacing outlet covers and light fixtures can have the same refreshing affect.
6. Install New Backsplash
The purpose of your backsplash is to protect the wall from water. Because it typically covers a large area of space, updating your backsplash can have a huge impact on the look of your entire kitchen. With the right tools and a little work, your kitchen can be absolutely transformed!
7. Upgrade Countertops
Purchasing new counters for your kitchen will enhance the room immensely. That being said, it does not always feel like the most affordable option. The less costly materials such as laminate may not seem favorable, but you should do your research before ruling them out. Just like other materials, they have their pros. We think this guide offers a great breakdown of each option as well as average pricing for each. Upgrading your countertops doesn't have to empty your wallet. There are more economical options that you may just fall in love with!
Try one of these tips or try them all! Updating your kitchen can be done a little at a time, and we think each step will make you just as happy as the last. Remember that small changes can have a large impact on your entire kitchen. Mix it up, try new things, and figure out what works best for your space. If you are looking for contractors or designers, don't hesitate to give us a call. We are always more than happy to answer questions, provide recommendations, and help in any way we can!