Being able to buy new equipment for your kitchen doesn’t become fun until you’re an adult – in fact, it may be the way you know you are one! The kitchen is the heart of most homes and so is the first place that gets a fresh lick of paint or new appliances like a garbage disposal. Decorating your kitchen is something that is exciting to do when you spend a lot of time there, cooking and dining with the family. The only trouble with the kitchen, is it tends to break down or need a new lease of life when funds are low. Unfortunately, the only way to be able to upgrade and make improvements in the kitchen is to have funds!
Thankfully, you don’t have to have much and there are tons of fantastic ideas online to spruce up the kitchen without driving through your savings, some of which you can find here. Feeling inspired by dream kitchens like this one is a good thing, even if you don’t have the immediate cash to rip out what you have and replace it all. Upgrading and updating your kitchen doesn’t always mean you need to redo everything from top to bottom, it just means you need to have a little creativity. Appreciate the details of your kitchen more than the structure and the coloring. Think about the materials that you use: wooden countertops that you can sand down to something that looks totally different, for example. The essence of your kitchen isn’t necessarily in the door handles on the cabinets, but in the type of blinds, you hang at the window. It’s the details where you can save the most money and if you capitalize on that, your beautiful budget kitchen can look every bit as luxurious as those featured in the magazines. Enjoying the time you spend in your kitchen includes the time you spend shopping for it, and with these ideas, you can uplift your kitchen into luxury without squeezing the purse strings too tightly.
- Lighting is important in a kitchen. Whether you have massive windows that let in lots of natural sunshine or glaring strip lights on the ceiling, it’s important to take notice of what you have available. Dim lights can make an entire room look dull and boring, so swapping the wattage of the bulbs you use can make all the difference to the room. Light needs to bounce off surfaces to have the maximum impact so make sure you have the right strength bulb to reach all those darker corners. You could even change the light fixture you have in the kitchen by shopping around on eBay and Etsy stores; mini chandeliers always look gorgeous in a kitchen, as do spotlights.
- Freshen up your kitchen shelves and drawers by changing over the liners you use. If you don’t use liners in your kitchen, it’s time you do! Non-stick liners look great and can be colour-matched to your kitchen. An inexpensive upgrade that can transform your cabinets without much work, they’re an ideal upgrade.
- Appliances and kitchen equipment need updating regularly, but doing them one at a time is the most cost effective way. By starting with your cooking equipment, you can make small changes that you can feel proud of in your kitchen. Visiting websites like stonefryingpans.com can help you to make better choices about the types of cooking equipment you use, which also means you can feel better about what you have on display and not feel the need to hide old equipment away.
- Did you know that even the smallest of change can make your kitchen look completely different? If you have the old system of two taps at your kitchen sink, how about swapping them over for one mixer tap can give your entire kitchen sink area a new look. Mixer taps aren’t very expensive, but they can make a difference when you invest in something you potentially use several times a day. This small and relatively inexpensive change can be one of the things you do to slowly update your entire kitchen.
- Similarly, like the kitchen taps swapping the door handles and knobs for the drawers from the old wooden variety to sleek and modern handles made of chrome changes a whole look. Bland cabinets tend to need a little upgrading from time to time and if you can’t manage to rip out the cupboards and replace them all, this is a close second option.
- Storage space is important in a kitchen, and even more so if the kitchen is smaller in size than most. By installing pull out wire shelves or baskets into your kitchen cabinets, you can create storage space that is easier to find, easier to use and cheap to install. Organizing the kitchen is not the most fun job in the world but once it’s done, everything would have its own place.
- Improving ugly countertops is usually an expensive job, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have wooden counters, sanding and repainting them like in this video to change the theme of your kitchen is one way to go. Obviously, this is not a possibility if you are renting a home but purchasing a large, functional cutting board can change the look of your counters and cover it up if it isn’t your favorite thing to look at! That doesn’t mean cluttering the countertops but it does mean strategic placement of appliances.
- Repainting one wall in your kitchen as a feature wall can go a long way to changing your kitchen for the better. A light, bright color that you can color match to appliances and décor will look fantastic!
Small kitchen changes can go a long way to making things look more modern, more luxurious and more in-keeping with your own tastes. Your kitchen doesn’t have to be a whole refurbishment, but making slow changes that your budget can manage means that over time you can have a kitchen to be proud of and one you’d be happy to enjoy spending time in.