It may be a bit tricky at first to take your kitchen from contractor grade to stunning on a budget. But it’s actually easier than you think! If you are dreaming of a new kitchen but can’t accept the thought of a pricey remodel, don’t you worry! We’re here to reveal these kitchen makeover secrets and great ideas that will save you tons of money.
#1 Keep Your Cabinets
You may want the idea of ripping out your cabinets and start from scratch. But ask yourself, is it really worth investing and where could you comfortably cut corners? Why not keep your cabinets and have them painted instead? You can even save more money by painting them yourself. We suggest that you opt for white cabinets and some glass fronts if you would like. But for putting the glass front in the upper cabinets, you might need a cabinet maker to help you out.
#2 Replace the Counter on the Island
Another money-saver that you can consider is to focus your attention on countertops. You can change your countertops but if you have plenty of counter space, it might not fit your budget. What you can do is to replace the counter on the island (if it’s the smallest area to replace) since it’s the area located in the center of the room that has a big impact in lightening the space. A white counter made from quartz would add great performance value in your kitchen.
#3 Replace Hardware
One of the easiest transformative changes that you can do is to replace the hardware. Try opting for gold trims and unlacquered brass to keep up with the current trend. You can use bin pulls on the drawers and door pulls for the cabinets. This will add some warmth and a touch of luxury when mixing metals in your kitchen.
#4 Switch to Warm Lighting
If you want to have a bright and welcoming kitchen, lights and light switches will have a big role. A general rule you should take note of is warm lighting for your kitchen. As much as possible, try to avoid overly dim lighting to achieve a brighter, warmer, and more welcoming feel. You can shop for a new light fixture and light switches for easier home improvement.
#5 New Paint and New Curtains
Never undervalue the outcome of a new coat of paint and new curtains to match. Changing the colors of your walls will give a huge difference. Not only will it provide a refreshing look but it’s a cost-effective way to sweep change to your room and you can even do it by yourself too!
Meanwhile, curtains can also add to that change. You need to change your kitchen curtains from time to time since they absorb all smells and smoke. Upgrade them and match them to the new colors in the kitchen so you can have a brand new look. If you still have extra money, you can splurge for some accent rugs, pictures, and other decors.
#6 Change Old Faucet
If you feel that your kitchen faucet has been used for years, then maybe it’s time to upgrade to a fancy kitchen faucet. Aside from having a more updated look, it can also improve the functionality of your kitchen since new faucets have features that make cooking and cleaning effortless.
For instance, if you opt for the increased height of newer faucets, it will be easier to fill and wash pots and pans. Also, if you prefer a modern look, you can go for brushed brass or black, or go with easy to clean stainless steel.
#7 Install New Backsplash
One of the most cost-effective ways to change the entire style of your kitchen is by adding a tile backsplash. Aside from having a dramatic change, it’s reasonably easier to swap out old tile for new– or add a backsplash where there wasn’t one before.
Throw those outdated travertine tiles and pick a colorful subway tile. You can even opt for peel and stick tile backsplash for an easy install. It doesn’t matter if you go for cheaper ones, as long as the material you’re considering is dirt and water resistant, then you are good to go. Another nice option to consider is wallpaper since it can also work as a great backsplash.
Although having a new kitchen may not be for everyone, there are plenty of simple upgrades you can make without having to splurge to achieve your dream kitchen and doing a full-fledged remodeling job.
Ivandrea Ollero is a writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of Sydney’s well-renowned home builders who offer custom designed homes that blend elegance, space, and functionality to create a perfect match for families, suburbs, lands, and lifestyles. She is also a content crafter who researches and writes custom content about travel, fashion, finance, business, home improvements, health, and beauty in order to provide helpful information and tips for her readers. Ivandrea graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016.