Ways to Update Your Kitchen on a Shoestring

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Ways to Update Your Kitchen on a Shoestring

On a tight budget? You can still overhaul your kitchen and love the results.

Whether you are planning to invest your own sweat equity in a complete kitchen renovation or simply hope to make a few quick changes over the weekend, when every penny counts it’s important to choose projects that will make a big impact for the lowest price possible. Stay focused on the results you are after (put on blinders when you walk past those $1,000 light fixtures) and be willing to get your hands a bit paint splattered, and you can certainly achieve beautiful results on any budget.

From paint and hardware to DIY projects and sources for budget materials, these 9 ideas will help you plan your kitchen update.

Swap lighting
Stylish new pendant lights can easily become the new focal point of the room, a versatile choice and won’t break the bank.

Add new hardware
Classic hardware is a worthwhile upgrade, subtly enhancing the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it adds up fast – especially if you have a large kitchen with lots of cabinets. Count the number of pulls and knobs in your kitchen so you can quickly determine if the hardware you have your eye on will fit your budget – with plenty of beautiful pieces available for $10 and under, there is no need to blow the budget.

Repaint cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets have a dated finish or you want a more personal touch than standard-issue white cabinets, think about adding colour. Try pale sage green, or duck egg blue or warm putty – all versatile choices that go with many different materials and finishes.

Paint half the cabinets for a high-contrast look
A palette of black and white with timber and metal accents looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. Get the look by painting only the bottom cabinets and the base of your kitchen island black, leaving the upper cabinets white.

Work in rustic elements
Country accents instantly add warmth and character to a bland kitchen. Replace the kitchen or pantry door with a sliding barn door, hang copper pots from a ceiling rack or bring in a timeworn antique wooden stool.

Search online for budget-friendly building materials
If you’ve been using the internet only to search for second-hand furniture, you are missing out. Try Gumtree or eBay to source materials for this budget kitchen remodel.

Remove upper cabinet doors
If glass door fronts are out of the budget but you want to open up a bit of space, try simply removing the doors to your upper kitchen cabinets. It’s an easy change to make (just unscrew the doors and fill and paint the holes) that can add a sense of spaciousness to a small kitchen.

Treat yourself to new dishes
Open shelving and counters are a great opportunity to practise the art of display. You can’t go wrong with classic white dishes and clear glass, but fun mismatched flea market finds would work equally well if that’s your style.

Spice up an outdated fridge with chalkboard paint
No cash to trade in that old fridge? Try covering it in chalkboard paint instead for a fun, creative look. The chalkboard surface will keep kids busy while you cook, or use it to keep a running grocery list, menu ideas or inspiring quotes and doodles.

Source: Laura Gaskill, Houzz Contributor, Houzz
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