A kitchen update doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, with a little time and effort, you can refresh your space for less than $1,200. Check out our budget kitchen refresh for money-saving ideas.
Whether you do one or do them all, these easy kitchen updates breathe new life into tired old kitchens, for less money than you might expect. But our number one tip, that doesn't cost a thing, is to clean your countertops and cabinets. Clutter-free kitchens just look and feel better - it might be all the change you need.
Wall paint is an easy way to update the look of your old kitchen. Neutral tones offer an excellent backdrop for décor. Remember, if you use trend colors in small amounts, like an accent wall or accessories, it’s easier to change when your interest turns.
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If using more than one gallon of paint to cover your walls, buy a 5-gallon bucket and blend your gallons together to ensure the same tone over the entire room.
Create an open feel in your kitchen by removing a set of cabinet doors to create an open shelf space. Plenty of options are available, like painting the back wall in a bright color, using in-cabinet accent lights or installing glass doors. Whatever you choose, keep your display items simple and streamlined for an attractive, eye-catching display.
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In the same way jewelry can change the look of an outfit, new hardware can transform a kitchen. Switch out knobs and pulls for a dramatic update without spending a lot of money or expending a lot of effort.
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Enhance an often-overlooked space – the kickplate. Run rope lights around the base of your cabinetry for ambience and to create the right mood for parties or family dinners. You can even use them as a nightlight, so children and guests can navigate easily after bedtime.
Learn more about enhancing the ambience of any room in your home with decorative lighting.
Changing your kitchen’s countertops may be one of the most obvious ways to change its appearance. But, what you might not know is that today’s options are more affordable and better looking than ever. Whether you choose laminate, solid surface, granite or quartz, you can find a finish that suits your style and your budget.
Find out which countertop is right for your home.