Updating Your Kitchen on a Budget

Posted November 3, 2019 by in Home
modern kitchen with a dutch oven

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, and if it’s looking dated, then it can get you down, as you may avoid spending time as a family in there or having people over.

Luckily, there are ways to update your kitchen without spending thousands of dollars, so don’t delay; give your kitchen a quick refresh with some of these tips today:

woman in modern kitchen after kitchen remodel

Cover Dated Tiles

Old, dated tiles will bring down the entire look of your room. However, most of us don’t have the time or skill to rip out old tiles and install new ones, and this can be expensive. There are a number of ways you can cover up old tiles on your wall or floor, including:

  • Using vinyl stickers to add a modern pattern
  • Using an adhesive overlay on your wall
  • Painting tiles using a special paint
  • Laying vinyl flooring over old floor tiles 

Cover the Old Cabinets

Replacing kitchen cabinets is one of the pricier parts of a kitchen refurbishment, so a cheaper, eco-friendlier thing to do is use your existing cabinets but give them a makeover. You can wrap your cupboards in vinyl or use a special paint followed by a top coat to get a professional finish.

If you have dark wood cabinets (such as cherry or mahogany), consider painting them white or cream to open up your kitchen’s aesthetic.

Get a Quote for Remodeling

If your kitchen really does need a professional touch, then you might want to get a quote for kitchen remodeling. A kitchen remodel doesn’t necessarily mean ripping everything out and starting again. You can often get certain elements of your kitchen changed to bring it up to date. Whether it’s adding a kitchen island or installing some new cabinets, it might be more affordable than you think, especially if you use a local firm.

Do Something New with the Flooring

If you really want to improve your kitchen, one of the best aesthetic changes you can make is to the flooring. A Mexican tile floor can lend a beautiful finish to the space, for example. There are plenty of approaches that can be taken, but don’t underestimate how huge the right flooring can have on the way your kitchen looks and feels.

Add Some Color 

You can often achieve a more contemporary style in your kitchen with a few accessories, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. A bright rug, unique dinnerware, colorful appliances, and cheerful lights will soon change the look of your kitchen and give it a modern edge.

You could also consider adding some contemporary artwork which will become a focal point for the room.

Get Some Style Inspiration

It’s worth looking at some of the big kitchen trends for 2020 and seeing what you can incorporate into your own home. Many styles may already be close to the kitchen you have, so all you need to do to stay on trend is give your kitchen a bit of a facelift.

In 2020, the shiny, high-gloss kitchens are tending to go out of fashion, replaced by more rustic, cozy kitchens, so your older kitchen could well be coming back into style. 

Replace old appliances

One of the main things that date a kitchen is older appliances. Not only are they often ugly and a little grubby, they usually aren’t eco-friendly, so they cost a lot to run. Invest in a new fridge, freezer, dishwasher, or oven, and you can update your kitchen, as well as saving money on your energy bills.

If you’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen, there’s no need to demolish the whole thing and start again. Just a few cosmetic changes can make a huge difference in this room.