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4 Ways to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

Have you looked around your kitchen lately? Is it everything you want it to be?


What if I told you that you can update you kitchen in 4 easy ways to get it looking brand new without breaking the bank. Below I am going to give you a few tips to take your kitchen from frumpy to fabulous. Lets get started:

Brighten Up the room with fresh paint.

When I moved into my first home the paint colors were HORRIBLE! Specifically in my kitchen, they had it painted a weird dark tan like color I would expect to see in a bedroom. The cabinets were that ugly natural color which when paired with the wall color left the room feeling rather dark. So eventually my husband and I decided to paint both the walls and the cabinets a brighter color. For the walls we went with a light blueish gray color and we painted the cabinets white. Overall it made our tiny kitchen feel a lot bigger and I’m glad we made the change.

So when choosing a wall color I would stick with clean neutral colors such as gray, off white, or even a light green or blue to add a calming tranquil feel to the room.

Also don’t forget to add accents which can help brighten up your room even more such as backsplashes (my next kitchen project), curtains, or decor.

Update your Pantry

Another issue I came face to face with when I moved into my home was NO PANTRY! 2 kids later I now realize how much that sucks! My kitchen is small and I didn’t realize at the time just how fast my family would grow, but I do know that an updated pantry can make your kitchen look so much better. So If Idid have a pantry that needed updating here’s what i would do:

Remove all the old molding and shelves. You know how most pantries come with that wire shelving, I would switch it wooden… actually I would probably add cabinets and countertops inside instead. But if your’e looking for the budget friendly way to update go with the wooden shelving.

Also add baskets or containers for a more organized look. If you are trying to sell your home this will be great because people will be able to envision themselves in a more organized space.

Lastly Repaint inside your pantry if needed. Nothing takes away from a home more than a space that just needs to be repainted.

Replace Kitchen Floors

The Kitchen is the hub of the home, and without a doubt the room where your floor works the hardest. Kitchen floors put up with a lot from the hustle of rushed early mornings to accidental food and drink spills, your kitchen floors put up with a lot.

Kitchen floors along with the fresh paint job will probably create the biggest impact to this room. I definitely also know that getting new floors are not always cheap but it’s so many options nowadays that you can utilize…

  1. Vinyl Sheets

  2. Laminate

  3. Ceramic Tile

  4. Cork

Do your research and figure out which option is the best fit for you and your family.

Tip: Looking for a more modern feel opt for dark floors.

Invest in New Countertops

So, countertops… How do we find affordable countertops?

Well, it isn’t easy. Quartz, Granite, and Marble in itself will bust your budget, and let’s be honest, you have to be lucky to score a deal on one of these, but nevertheless it’s the option everyone wants. So what can we do to still get those high quality looks for budget friendly prices?

  1. DIY Laminate – To me the most budget friendly type of laminate is the D.I.Y kind. Today they have so many high quality looking options at a great price and honestly it’s not that difficult to do.

  2. Big-Box Store Pre-laminated Slabs – You can find these in the back of Lowes or Home Depot store all ready to go. They are not as pretty, but it will update whatever else you have at home.

  3. Ceramic DIY Tile – A long time favorite for homeowners and it’s vastly cheaper option. Add a backsplash and we have a winner.

  4. Wooden – I have been seeing more and more people opt for wooden countertops, and I like it!


  • Plan Ahead

  • Save $$$ by DIY

  • Budget Wisely