Are you ready to give your kitchen a makeover? If so, then you’ve come to the right place! These simple updates will help you upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank. Whether your kitchen needs a coat of paint, new hardware, or clever storage solutions, this guide is full of ideas to make your kitchen look and feel brand new.
Often there is no need to redo your kitchen. Instead, you can try these hacks to freshen up your kitchen. Luckily, you can give your kitchen a new look, and we’ll walk you through a few ways to do this.
So let’s get started on transforming your space with these easy upgrades!
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Determine Your Budget
One of the hardest things about updating your kitchen is figuring out your budget. If you say yes to things as you go along, it can quickly rack up costs without realizing it.
As landlords, we have upgraded many kitchens on different budgets for over two decades. We have done complete overhauls and upgraded kitchens for under $500.
Clean your kitchen
After a good cleaning session, you may be surprised at how much better and newer your kitchen will look. While you likely quickly clean your kitchen regularly, the odds are that you don’t deep clean it frequently.
Instead of just doing your regular cleaning routine, set a day aside to get into all the nooks and crannies of your kitchen and scrub at it until it looks shiny and fresh. Alternatively, you can hire someone who does professional kitchen cleaning if you need more time to do this yourself.
Kitchen cabinets are the most critical components of a kitchen, and redoing them may be the cornerstone of your remodeling dreams. They can determine the feel of the entire room, whether it is due to their color or style.
If you want to make one change that will make a massive difference in how your kitchen looks, you should redo the cupboard doors.
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Over time, the doors on your kitchen cupboards, cabinets, and drawers will start to look worse for wear, so replacing them can be a good idea. While this is pricey, replacing the doors is much cheaper than replacing the entire cupboard.
You can also freshen up your cabinets by painting them. Make sure you prep the cabinets well, or the paint won’t stick. We’ve done this a few times in our rental houses.
Make sure that the color your walls are painted looks good with whatever wood color you choose. You can learn more about that here.
Paint the countertop
Instead of replacing a countertop, paint it. It’s incredible how well this looks. We have painted countertops at houses several times, and it holds up well and looks new. Painting the countertop makes a kitchen feel fresh and saves hundreds of dollars.
Make sure you prep well. There is special countertop paint, do not use regular paint. We recommend finding a piece of scrap countertop (ask your hardware store) to practice.
Update The Lighting
Good lighting can make a big difference in any room, and the kitchen is no exception. Try adding new light fixtures or changing the light bulbs for something brighter.
Brighten up the room with under-cabinet lighting or hang some pendant lamps to create an inviting atmosphere.
Update cabinet hardware
Updating the cabinet hardware may be your least expensive kitchen upgrade. It does make a difference too. Cleaning cabinets and adding new hardware changes the room’s feel.
Following the previous tip of painting, the cabinets will feel like you rehabbed the kitchen. Get cabinet hardware on Amazon.
Instead of buying new furniture, explore ways to reuse and upcycle old pieces you already have!
Replace the flooring
Another part of your kitchen that can look rough after a while is your floor. Your floor gets so much wear and tear. Not only do you always walk on your floors, but food and utensils get dropped on floors often. This traffic can damage your kitchen floor over time.
If your flooring is making your kitchen look shabby, consider replacing it. You can use the same type of flooring you currently have or go in an entirely new direction.
And if you don’t have a large budget, that’s okay too – there are plenty of cheap flooring ideas.
Brighten The Kitchen’s Colors
It is usually best to use neutral colors, such as creams and whites, that make your space look larger, cleaner, and brighter. They can also easily be jazzed up with accessories to add splashes of color to your kitchen.
Make small changes
You may be looking at this list and thinking that most of these things all seem like significant changes, and that’s because they are. If you want to make your kitchen look different but need more money or are not ready to commit to such a significant change, you can still get the same effect with more minor changes.
Adding some new decorations is a great way to give your kitchen a fresh look and feel.
- Switch out your old kitchen towels for new, matching ones. We switch ours out seasonally.
- Try hanging up new pictures or artwork
- You can even get creative and decorate a flower pot if your kitchen needs a splash of color.
These small changes add up and can help you easily give your kitchen a new look.
There are easy things you can do to freshen up your kitchen. It’s only sometimes necessary to update your kitchen. Sometimes your kitchen needs a good cleaning, paint, or new flooring.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.