Little Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without Renovating
While we all might have visions of our dream kitchens dancing in our heads, doing a full-scale renovation might not be within the budget at the moment. Instead, there are many ways to change your kitchen and get closer to your dream kitchen without having to do so much.
Your kitchen might be looking tired, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to give it a fresh new look. Paint, in general, is the easiest and least expensive way to transform a kitchen. Finishing touches such as artwork, soft furnishings, and shelving can be added to the scheme.
Vintage cookware adds charm to classic and country kitchens. Affordable pieces such as a vintage dresser or budget kitchen furniture can be used to store and. Finally, show off your favorite china. There’s so much you can do with a little imagination and some suggestions.
Paint the floor instead of replacing it.
Wood floor refinishing costs as much as $2,000, and painting is a budget-friendly kitchen update. For the most durable results, use polyurethane-based porch and floor enamel. It might seem a shame to paint floor paint, but it’s not the only way it could save you from replacing old hardwood floors with paint. The best way to get rid of subflooring is to paint your old floor, not to use subfloors, but to refinish it with polyurethane-based porch and floor enamel.
This way, you can give your kitchen a fresh look without the expense of reflooring or replacing it with new hardwood floors. Of course, it’s best to use paint specially designed for this purpose; otherwise, it might not last as long as some other paints (e.g., latex). You’ll also have to consider whether or not repainting will make your old kitchen cabinets obsolete too soon because they’re no longer compatible with the color scheme in the newly painted kitchen.
Use DIY kits to update the lighting.
The recessed lighting conversion kits cost $15-$20 each. The parts screw right into the new light fixtures. They are a cinch to install, even for DIY newbies. But, in about 15 minutes, you’ve got dramatic new kitchen lighting.
Recessed Lighting Conversion Kits can be bought at any hardware store or online retailer and come with all of the parts required to convert your old fixture from an incandescent bulb to LED bulbs. No electrician is needed because everything is included in this kit that screws directly onto your existing lights! It’s as easy as opening up a package and following instructions on how long wires need to be (usually 13 inches). The conversion kits will last for many years and save a ton of money on electricity!
Sticker Outdated Tile Instead of Replacing It.
Tile stencils are easy to find online and easy to get online. Painting tiles will take less time to pry out the old tiles than tearing out half the new ones. You’ll be done in less time than it would take to tear out old tile and replace it with new. Paint your stenciled tiles to make room for $1 per square foot or less.
Tile stencils are easy to find online and easy to get online. Painting tiles will take less time to pry out the old tiles than tearing out half the new ones. You’ll be done in less time than it would take to tear out old tile and replace it with new.
Turn your fridge into a chalkboard.
DIY refrigerator doors and drawer pulls add personality and style to your kitchen. With painter’s tape, outline the shape and size of the chalkboard, paint, and magnetize the fridge doors. You can paint your fridge doors with magnetic primer and paint chalkboard paint to add to your fridge’s design.
Use painter’s tape to outline the shape and size of your chalkboard on refrigerator doors or drawers. Next, paint over the outlined area with magnetic primer, let dry, then paint with your desired color chalkboard paint. You can also use a sponge to apply two coats of black chalkboard spray paint, so you have more surface space for writing and drawing.
Try painting only one side of a door instead of both if you don’t want an entire fridge transformed into a giant board — it’ll look great in any kitchen! No matter what colors you choose, adding fun words will make this project your personal touch!
*Tip* It’s best to place liquid chalk markers onto paper towels before applying them because even when dried, there is still some possibility that they will bleed through the top coat of paint. Don’t forget to feather around edges and corners for an especially clean look after finishing up each section.
Refresh the sink.
Give your chrome sink a fresh look using sandpaper and spray paint to refresh it. If painting’s not your thing, upgrade the faucet.
Take sandpaper to the bottom of your sink (or use a power sander, if you’re feeling brave) and scrape until it’s shiny. Make sure not to scratch off the chrome finish! Prime with automotive primer or acrylic paint, then cover with two coats of rust-inhibiting enamel. For an elegant look that will stand up well in any kitchen decor, choose a cream for one coat and gold for another: they’ll coexist beautifully on a light countertop — no matter how many messy dishes pile up.
If chrome isn’t for you, but gold is too trendy for your kitchen or dining room’s decor, try one coat of brass (either enameled or not) over two coats of white paint instead–you’ll get a beautiful antique look in minutes! Your friends will be impressed by how much effort was put into such an easy update.
Shop for budget countertops.
Budget countertops are a great way to lower costs on your kitchen remodel or for adding new counter space. They come in many different types of materials and finishes, so you can find the perfect one that suits your needs.
If you’re looking for something cost-efficient while still providing a high-quality surface, then there is no better choice than a fiberglass laminate sheet. These don’t require any special sealing, and they won’t absorb stains as most natural stone surfaces will. You’ll save money by avoiding expensive sealant applications too! This type of material also comes with an anti-slip safety coating, which protects against accidents when working at heights on counters to prevent slippage.
Another great choice is quartz. Not only is quartz more cost-effective, but it is also way more durable than other materials. The bulk of our remodel expenses were actually a result of the new counters. If you don’t have upwards of $3000 to spend on new quartz countertops, there are more affordable alternatives.
Add a fancy backsplash.
Adding a backsplash is one of the most cost-effective ways to change the style of your kitchen. The material you’re considering is dirt and water-resistant, so don’t be afraid of using it. As long as you have a budget, stencils and paint are the way to add dimension and style. If your budget is low, think outside of the box of budget options, use wallpaper or stencil, or peel and stick tile backsplash for an easy install.
Start by measuring your backsplash area, then get some inspiration for what you want to do with it from pictures online or magazines. Choose materials that work together and fit within your budget. Once you have an idea of what you’re going to use, sketch out where everything will go on paper before doing anything else, so there are no surprises! Stencils are easy-to-use tools for adding interest without much time in painting skills needed; they also allow many creative options like borders, shapes, patterns, and words to be applied instead of paint alone. If painting is more up your alley than stenciling (or if you just want something temporary), think about using latex wall paint. It’s a temporary option, but it won’t cost you more than about $30 for the whole project!
Jazz things up with new paint and new curtains.
A fresh coat of paint and new curtains to match can save you money. Curtains can also make a big difference, according to Iris Wingfield. Painting is a great way to make a huge change in a room, even though you can probably do the labor yourself. Pairing with matching curtains makes it feel like a new room. Matching accent rugs, photos, and decor is also a big money-saving opportunity, says Wingfield, an interior design consultant in the U.K., the author of the book, “The Only Thing that’s needed is paint,” she says in order to make the room feel like they’ve been painted. The old, tired look has been eliminated.
Play with the lighting.
Home designer Christina O’Leary suggests finding an expensive lighting fixture you love in a magazine. Shopping around for new light fixtures and light switches is easy at most home improvement stores. Consider swapping out the light switch panels, which should match the hardware and overall feel of the kitchen well. For a million-dollar dining room, you can find out what’s in a Lowe’s light set from a big box store, say O’Laryne-born-on-the-line home designer Christina Drexler-trained.
Once you’ve found a light fixture that’s right for your space, it’s time to get down to brass tacks. The most important thing about lighting is understanding what kind of lights will work best with the style and size of the room you’re working with. You want enough wattage in your new fixtures so they provide ample illumination by themselves, but not too much as to make everything feel like daytime or create glare on glossy surfaces when there are multiple sources of natural light coming through windows at different angles (which can happen often).
Add roll-out kitchen shelves.
Roll-out shelving units are typically around $100 each, says organizer Darla DeMorrow. They give back precious square feet of otherwise lost kitchen cabinet space. They can make existing cabinets more usable for people with mobility issues. They also give you extra room and give you back precious space for those who need to be able to use it, she adds.
Upgrade to a fancy kitchen faucet.
New faucets tend to make cooking and cleaning easier. Increased height makes filling pots and washing big pots and pans easier. For an especially modern look, consider changing out the finish to something trendy like brushed brass or black, or easy to clean stainless steel, says Anna Gibson of AKG Design Studio. For the most important feature, the added height of these faucets helps make it easier to fill pots and wash big pots, says Gibrere Gibson of AKG DesignStudio.
Update your kitchen cabinets.
Kitchen cabinets are not just expensive to buy new, but you could get them in a better shape. Simple cabinet upgrades include adding some weight and replacing existing ones. If solid wood or solid wood, your cabinets can be upgraded with easy and simple upgrades. Many of the most common items are simply adding new wood to the kitchen, and installing new ones isn’t all about the cost of replacing them in new places you need to buy a newer version of the same old ones.
Improve your kitchen storage.
It’s amazing how much we accumulate at home, and we need to clear our cupboards. Clearing worktops can also improve your kitchen, and it won’t cost you anything at all. Instead, put up extra shelves and hanging rails to make use of every available space. Alternatively, try rethinking storage solutions to the problem of extra storage options such as hanging rails and hanging shelves.
Display colorful wall art.
Vary your wall art by hanging some on the wall and propping other pieces casually against it for an informal feel. Vary the way artwork is displayed with artworks to add a retro vibe to a scheme. For maximum effect, display against the cool white backdrop and bring in blasts of bold color with pop art and signage in a palette of primary shades that can help everything stand out.
Hang a pan rack.
David Giles’ ceiling rack is great storage for pans, utensils, and pans. Soften the look with dried flowers and rustic baskets, and dried flowers. Then, invest in a stylish ceiling rack for the essentials close to your kitchen island. Choose a style of simplicity to fit in at least five inches of space and space, and make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold a heavy load.
I hope we have given you some tips to get started. If you are already on a DIY project of your own, let us know how you got the most bang for your buck in the comments section below.