It’s finally 2021 (can you believe it?), and you weren’t the only one to breathe a sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight on December 31. The year 2020 was a rough one, but now there’s a new and glorious year of opportunities stretching out in front of you.
One of those opportunities might be to finally do the kitchen update that you’ve been putting off. Unfortunately, you might find yourself running a little low on funds these days, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up on your project. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of five ways that you can update your kitchen on the cheap.
1. Lighten Things Up
One of the best ways to give your kitchen a facelift is to lighten it up. For some reason, dark cabinetry coupled with depressing paint colors and dingy window treatments was the “in” thing for a little while. If you look around your kitchen and find yourself subconsciously humming “Hello darkness, my old friend…” it’s time to lighten things up.
Start by changing up your window treatments to something lighter or remove the shades and valance altogether. A fresh coat of paint will set you back less than $100, but it can make your kitchen look brand new.
You could also switch out your lightbulbs for something brighter or open. Pendant lighting is a very trendy way to add interest and bright light into your kitchen.
2. Add a Touch of Whimsy
It’s always a good idea to weave in little pops of color here and there, but it can be tricky to do it without cluttering up your space. Look for things that have a dual purpose, and consider replacing some of your old, battered plates, cups, and utensils with newer, colorful ones.
Plants are another fantastic way to add color to the kitchen. Not only do they help keep the air clean, but they can be useful in the kitchen if you plant fresh herbs. Use a colorful pot, and you can get both function and beauty from your live plant addition.
Other things that can add pops of color include patterned wallpaper, artwork, clocks, stools, and wall plates. One particularly cool way to upgrade your appliances and add color while keeping money in your wallet is to get your appliances professionally wrapped in vinyl. No, not the kind you use with your Cricut – the kind that they use to wrap cars and buses. Sounds a little crazy, but some vinyl can withstand temperatures up to 900 degrees, making it even safe to use on your oven, and there are so many color choices out there! It could be like getting a new appliance for a fraction of the price.
3. Upgrade Your Fixtures
Upgrading your fixtures is a surprisingly inexpensive way to breathe new life into your kitchen. A new kitchen faucet, water filter, or soap dispenser is pretty cheap, but it can make a big difference.
Though it’s not technically a fixture, upgrading your backsplash can work wonders on how your kitchen looks. There are so many different colors, materials, and designs out there now that you are sure to find something that fits your needs. Additionally, manufacturers have made the installation process so simple that even an inexperienced homeowner can DIY it, thereby saving even more money.
4. Declutter and Display
Another great way to update your kitchen is to go through it and toss out everything you don’t absolutely need. Is that mango pitter or avocado slicer essential, or would a regular old knife do the trick? By decluttering and clearing your countertop space, you might be surprised by how roomy your kitchen actually is.
Once you have a little bit of breathing room, go through your cherished dishes and knick-knacks and display them proudly in your kitchen. You might even want to remove some of your upper cabinets and put in open shelving because that lets you show off your dishes, while making your kitchen feel even larger than it is.
5. Reface Your Cabinets
Refacing your cabinets is probably the priciest option on this list, but it’s still well within most homeowners’ budgets. You can always hire a professional to repaint or restain your cabinets, or you could do it yourself using a cabinet refinishing kit. Doing it yourself (and having it look nice) is a labor of love and patience, but it is possible and can save you a lot of money.
Another option is to switch out your existing cabinet hardware to something trendier. A simple door pull can work wonders in your kitchen’s overall look. You might also consider adding some undercabinet lighting (whether powered through your kitchen’s wiring or just using a battery) because that will make your whole kitchen feel brighter and bigger.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it doesn’t have to stay stuck in the past. With a little bit of time and effort, you can transform the whole space into something you genuinely enjoy without breaking the bank. Contact our remodeling contractor team in the Seattle area for more ideas and inspiration for upgrading your kitchen on a budget.