They say the kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where the family gathers and it sets the tone of the entire house. Did I mention that an updated and well-kept kitchen also boosts your home’s resale value? There’s absolutely no reason for you not to give this part of the house some TLC.
You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to give your kitchen a little makeover. Here are nine low-cost ways you can remodel your kitchen:
Don’t change the layout.
It’s tempting to go all out when renovating but if you’re on a budget, you might want to stick with the original layout. Changing it usually means tearing down walls, moving doorways and cabinets, as well as changing the plumbing which ultimately adds up. Keep in mind that when renovating, about 5-15% of the materials that can still be reused are thrown away. Not only will it cost you more, but it’s harmful to the environment as well.back to menu ↑
Add an outdoor kitchen extension.
Adding an outdoor kitchen isn’t as expensive as you think. Opt for a beautiful-looking gazebo with glass windows and make it a wonderful addition to your home. You can invite friends and family over for an outdoor meal overlooking your backyard.back to menu ↑
Install new countertops.
Changing countertops are not as expensive as you thought it would be. If you’re countertops look a little outdated, you can make it look special by getting a new laminated surface for example. It’s relatively cheaper and laminated options have become nicer throughout the years.back to menu ↑
Paint, paint, paint.
Painting the walls or cabinets are one of the cheapest renovating tips that can greatly impact the overall design. Repainting walls give you that ‘new house’ feels. While you can choose whatever color you like, light colors make your kitchen look elegant and chic compared to dark-colored paint. It also conceals dents and scratches – making them look as good as new.back to menu ↑
A backsplash is your best friend.
Having a backsplash not only protects your walls from grease and food from cooking, but it also gives your kitchen a unique style. It’s a win-win situation! However, backsplashes, depending on how elaborate you can get, can easily drive up the costs of renovation. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can use ceramic mosaic tiles that you can install by yourself, add prints and patterns using wallpapers, make use of glass, install a chalkboard, and the like. Additionally, you can add your backsplash where the tiles and the walls meet to make it more practical.back to menu ↑
Add architectural interest.
You can make your kitchen look like a million bucks by adding architectural interest. For example, you can add a nice ceiling medallion; dress your windows with elegant curtains, buy a bookshelf or nice pull down kitchen faucet. You can also add beadboard paneling to your island or walls; add bright and cheery-colored cabinetry; add amazing artwork, or have a textured wall.back to menu ↑
Cute and small appliances can be decorative pieces.
While a royal blue refrigerator and a yellow stove can be over the top and expensive for you (and for most people), feel free to let your artistic side dominate when it comes to the smaller appliances. Go ahead and get that red toaster you’ve been eyeing on or that mint green Kitchen Aid. Aside from being super useful, these appliances add a pop of color to your kitchen, making it look lively.back to menu ↑
Update your floors.
If you have wood floors that look outdated, you don’t have to replace them but you can refinish them instead. If you’re taking down a wall, all you have to do it to add boards to the spot where the wall was, and then sand and stain the entire floor. But if you really want to replace vinyl or tile floors, you can go for are cheaper yet visually stunning options, such as a sealed cork. It’s not as expensive and they feel nicer to walk on than tiles and hardwood.back to menu ↑
Consider open shelves.
Rather than stocking all your dishware in cabinets, open shelves make the kitchen look bigger than it actually is. Decorate your shelves with patterned or brightly colored dishes. Keep in mind that even if open shelves are a great way to put your dishes on display, mess and clutter will also be on display if you don’t clean up often. So if you’re considering about putting up open shelves, make sure to clear the clutter every now and then.back to menu ↑
Little changes go a long way. Adding potted or hanging plants gives your kitchen a fresh look. Placing a cute rug in front of the sink makes your kitchen look cozy while adding color to the kitchen and it cleans and covers stains on the floor as well. You can also install a new tap, handles, and update your windows. Don’t underestimate the power of accessorizing. It gives your kitchen a whole new personality without having to spend much. You can find great deals on thrift shops or online.
You don’t have to redo your entire kitchen to give it the update it needs. And you certainly won’t have to shell out cash more than you’re supposed to. These tips go a long way in transforming the look and feel of your kitchen.