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5 Inexpensive Ways To Upgrade Your Kitchen


Let’s face it, you’re going to spend a lot of time in your kitchen, and it’s going to be the room that everyone gathers in. It’s the room that makes your home. So why not put a little time and money into making it a place you love to be? Here are 5 tips for upgrading your kitchen on a budget. 

Paint the Cabinets 

A fresh coat of paint can liven up any room, and your kitchen cabinets are a great place to start. You can choose any colour that you want, and there are even paint and glaze kits available at hardware stores. Here are five simple steps to follow when painting your kitchen cabinets: 

  • Remove all cabinet doors and drawers, and label them accordingly. This will make it easier to put them back in the right place later on. 
  • Sand down all surfaces of the cabinets, using medium-grit sandpaper. This will help the new paint to adhere better. 
  • Apply a primer to all surfaces, and allow it to dry completely. 
  • Paint the cabinets with white paint, using a brush or a roller. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats. 
  • Reattach all cabinet doors and drawers, and enjoy your newly painted kitchen cabinets!
Woman reaching for a bowl from a cabinet

Replace the Hardware 

If you’re not ready to paint your cabinets, you can still change the look by replacing the hardware.

There are a few ways to replace cabinet handles, depending on the type of handle you have. If you have handles that are attached with screws, you can simply remove the old handles and screw on the new ones. If your handles are attached with nails or staples, you will need to use a pry bar to remove them

Make sure when you are changing your cabinet handles that you remove the old cabinet handles and clean the area where the old cabinet handles were mounted before mounting the new cabinet handles in the same location as the old ones. 

Cabinet knobs and pulls can be found for as little as a dollar or two each, and you can easily find a style that suits your taste. 

Add a Backsplash 

A backsplash is a great way to add colour and interest to your kitchen. You can find backsplash tiles at any home improvement store, and they are relatively easy to install. If you don’t want to do it yourself, you can hire a professional for a few hundred dollars. 

There are many different types of backsplashes for kitchens, including tile, stone, glass, metal, and more.

Tile backsplashes are easy to clean and durable. Plus, they come in a range of stunning patterns and colours so you can achieve the look you desire.

Stone backsplashes are not very common but have so many benefits they are heat resistance up to extreme temperatures, provide your kitchen with a unique look, and are super easy to maintain.

A glass backsplash in a kitchen can provide a number of benefits. It can help to reflect light and make the kitchen appear brighter and more spacious. It can also be easier to clean than other types of backsplashes.

Metal backsplashes add a very stylish element to any kitchen, they are also durable and easy to clean.

Update the Lighting 

Changing your kitchen’s lighting can make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the room. You can find affordable lighting fixtures at any home improvement store, and you can even find some that are solar-powered. 

Consider the size of your kitchen

Lighting should be proportional to the size of the space. A small kitchen will need fewer and smaller light fixtures than a large kitchen.

The layout of your kitchen

The lighting should be placed in a way that makes sense for the layout of the space. For example, task lighting should be placed over areas where you will be doing a lot of cooking or food preparation. 

Consider the type of light fixtures you want to use

There are a variety of different types of light fixtures available, from chandeliers to pendant lights to track lighting. Choose the type of fixture that best fits your style and the overall look you want to achieve in your kitchen. 

The type of light bulbs you want to use

There are a variety of different types of light bulbs available, from incandescent to fluorescent to LED. Choose the type of bulb that best fits your needs and the overall look you want to achieve in your kitchen.

Modern kitchen design

Add a Rug 

A kitchen rug can add colour and pattern to the room, and it can also protect your floor from spills and stains. You can find affordable kitchen rugs at any home decor store. When looking for a rug for your kitchen consider the following:

The size of your kitchen. You’ll want to make sure the rug is large enough to fit comfortably under your table and chairs. 

The style of your kitchen

If you have a more formal kitchen, you may want to choose a rug with a more traditional design. If you have a more casual kitchen, you may want to choose a rug with a more contemporary design. 

Consider the colours in your kitchen

You’ll want to choose a rug that complements the colours of your walls, cabinets, and countertops. 

The material of the rug

You’ll want to choose a rug made from a durable material that can withstand spills and stains.


In conclusion, these are five ways you can improve your kitchen on a budget. With a little bit of creativity and effort, you can have a beautiful and functional kitchen that will make your life easier. So get out there and start making some changes!