When your kitchen is a little dated or is no longer in its prime condition, it’s probably time you considered making a few upgrades. The first thing that probably came to your mind are the latest must-have appliances, marble countertops and designer objects aplenty. However, this is unachievable for many of us. The aim of anyone wanting to update their kitchen is to not only attain an upgraded kitchen that you love, but one that doesn’t hit your pocket too hard either. Is this achievable? There are an array of options available for any budget! Check out this list of affordable kitchen upgrades and see which one you fancy.
1. Splashback Upgrade
Adding a new splashback in your kitchen is a really quick and affordable way to instantly upgrade your kitchen with minimal effort, especially when compared with the cost of fitting new kitchen cupboards. The best part is that you can easily purchase DIY peel and stick kits, so there’s no need to hire an expensive handyman! The image above was a DIY Subway tile backplash, check out the full remodel here.
2. Replace Old Knobs
Worn and rusting knobs on your kitchen drawers and cupboards can really have a negative impact on the overall look and feel of your kitchen. The great thing is that they’re really easy to replace! The majority of the time you will find that they are easily screwed out from the back, so all you’ll need is a screwdriver and a little patience. It may be tempting to go for cheaper knobs and handles, but our advice would be to opt for a premium quality, preferably metal handle or knob. That way you know it will be heavy duty and look amazing for years to come. Check out this helpful guide on how to replace knobs.
3. Framed Window
Another budget option to brighten up your kitchen is to frame a kitchen window. This could be achieved with a bright pop of color, like the one above using bright colored lime paint, or with a more neutral pastel color such as blue or lilac. It’s a simple way to add color to a dull kitchen without the effort of expense of having to paint the entire room.
4. Lighting Upgrade
The lighting in a kitchen is often the factor given least consideration, but the right type of lighting can help brighten your room and create a real ambience. If you have a healthy budget in mind then a great feature for any kitchen is a set of pendant lights, especially in kitchens that feature islands, as the pendants will help nicely connect the various parts of your kitchen and provide a nice focal point.
However, if you have a small budget then stick on spot lights are a great choice. The best part is that you don’t need to hire an expensive electrician and you can effectively create a track of lighting on your ceiling to illuminate and brighten up your kitchen.
5. Paint Your Cabinets
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If your kitchen cabinets are looking worse for wear, scratched and worn then before you consider replacing them with brand new and expensive ones, consider giving them a new lease of life with a lick of paint. Not only is this an opportunity for a renovation, but its the perfect time for an upgrade too. Consider changing the color scheme and brighten things up with greys, greens and citrus colors to brighten things up.
6. Replace Countertops
You may think that replacing countertops is inherently expensive due to the cost of materials such as hardwoods and stones such as marble, but it’s probably cheaper than you think. Although stone countertops such as marble and granite invoke thoughts of luxury, you can purchase less-expensive laminate options for a few hundred dollars, which look great and save you a ton of cash.
You could also consider calling into local kitchen wholesalers and stores and ask them if they have any spares or end of line kitchens that may be cheper alternative to buying a brand new custom countertop. Check out this guide on how to choose and install laminate countertops.