Living on a budget means any ideas for cheap and effective home improvement are always welcome. The kitchen is one room that can benefit from some surprisingly simple and affordable ideas. It’s also a room that is used more than most, so you want it to look and feel as good as it can.
How can you update your kitchen without spending much? Here is our list of suggestions!
Paint your kitchen cabinets
You can go all the way and buy new kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts, but that costs a fair bit of money. Why don’t you consider painting them? There are many excellent paint options on the market today that are perfect for kitchen cupboards!
You don’t have to go wild and paint them in a bright and breezy colour – though you can if you wish – just a nice pale pastel shade will do. And while you’re at it, why not…
Install mood lighting
One area that people tend to overlook when upgrading or decorating a kitchen – or indeed any room – is the lighting. You will be very surprised how new lighting can make all the difference, and in the kitchen there are many different options.
One of the most effective of all the modern types of lighting is under cabinet lighting. These are usually LED, meaning low power consumption, plus they tend to be small and easy to fit, and most importantly, cheap! Have a look at some images of this type of lighting and you’ll see it creates an awesome mood lighting effect.
Change the cupboard handles
If you’re going to paint your cupboard doors and drawer fronts, why not have a look at new handles and drawer pulls? The choice is amazing – any hardware store or the major furniture suppliers will have plenty you can look at -and you’ll be surprised how different everything looks when you fit new handles.
In fact, if you don’t want to go down the painting route, this is a great idea on its own.
Install new kitchen flooring
Kitchens take a lot of wear underfoot, as people are in and out all the time. If you have lino on your kitchen floor, what about a change? You can shop around for a new kitchen floor design – check for offcuts and special offers – and you may find some cheap options.
Also, consider carpet tiles if you can find a job lot going cheap. There are always bargains to be had in floor coverings if you look for them, and even a simple rug place in front of the sink can make a big difference to how your kitchen looks.
Dress the Windows
How long have you had the same blinds or curtains at your kitchen windows? We bet it’s a long time, so how about a change?
Blinds can be bought very cheaply these days, and in a wide range of different styles, and if that’s not to your taste, why not check out cheap and cheerful curtains? You’ll be surprised what you can get for your money, and you can add a little colour to your kitchen for very little outlay.
Paint One Wall
At first glance this may sound like a strange idea, but take a moment and think about it. If you paint one wall in a different shade to the rest – perhaps have a generally light-coloured kitchen with one plain darker wall – you highlight that particular area and draw attention to it.
The effect changes the space around you in a way that you may not have thought about, plus it’s very cheap and easy to do. Check out some examples – your friends may have done this so have a look.
Change the Worktops
You may have thought about this but dismissed it as being too expensive. It need not be, for you are simply buying the worktop and not the cupboards beneath!
Have a look around at what people have on offer – it’s always worth shopping for the best deal when it comes to kitchen furnishings – and you may be surprised at how little you need to spend in order to have a nice new worktop, and if you are at all competent at DIY, it’s a reasonably simple job to remove and replace.
Create shelving space
One method that works in some instances – although not in all kitchens it should be said – and that costs no money at all involves doing away with some of your cupboard doors entirely. In some cases this can create a look of open shelving that adds space, but it’s worth saying that in others it can just look like a mess! If it works, however, it really does look good, so perhaps try it?
If you don’t like it, you can put the doors back!
De-Clutter your worktops
Have a look around your kitchen and on your worktops: what needs to be there, and what does not? You may find you have counter-top appliances that are rarely used, or other items standing around that you have just come to accept.
If they don’t need to be there, put them away! Small items such as sandwich makers, even toasters, may not need to be on show all the time, so why not put them in a cupboard? It looks tidier, and you have more space.
Change Small Appliances
For those items you do want to be out on the worktop all the time, why not look at getting more decorative models? Cheap kettles, for example, come in a wide range of colours these days, and a brightly coloured appliance here and there – perhaps with a colour as a theme – can make all the difference.
These are just a few of our suggestions as to how you can give your kitchen a make-over without spending a lot, and some of them you can do in a few minutes. Why not take another look through and see how any of the above might help you have a kitchen that looks fresh, clean and original, and costs you very little!