10 Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Face-lift on a Budget
Are you tired of your old, outdated kitchen but don’t have the money for a total kitchen makeover?
Do you hope and pray that HGTV’s Kitchen Crashers will show up at your door and look for camera crews whenever you enter Lowes or Home Depot? YES I know they are always on the West Coast, but a girl can dream.
I am looking to make some changes in my kitchen so stay tuned as I will take before and after photos. My cabinets are a pinkish, white (circa 1990’s) color. I have found out it is pickled oak or something – but I HATE IT.
While you and I wait to be discovered or win the lottery there are MANY inexpensive things you can do to give your kitchen that much needed face-lift and in some cases a whole new look and feel.
PAINT or STAIN EXISTING CABINETS
RULE NUMBER ONE IN LIFE or anything – Make the most of what you’ve got!
Assuming your cabinets are still in decent shape, there are many things you can do to make a HUGE change. Try sanding them down and adding a new color stain to them or paint them for a whole new look. Of course if they are currently painted you will need to buy paint stripper and remove the paint, then sand them down and stain them. This can be very time consuming but can save you a bundle.
Be creative – add chalkboard paint to a couple doors for quick memo’s, grocery list or menu. I LOVE chalkboard paint and decals! Even if you are not a DIY’er, do not be afraid to get quotes to have them painted – you never know it may be in your budget.
Did you paint your cabinets – did you go darker or lighter?
MODIFY the CABINETS
If the cabinets are not falling off the wall you can change the look by changing the doors, molding and more. Replace all the doors (way cheaper than new cabinets) or even REMOVE some doors for an OPEN SHELF look.
Add beadboard around islands or at the end of the cabinets. Add crown moulding or other details.
How have you modified your cabinets?
ADD NEW HARDWARE
You would be amazed the change you will see just by changing the hardware on your cabinets and drawers. Many home improvement stores typically carry a large variety of kitchen hardware. Find knobs and pulls that compliment your other decor. Another good tip, remove old rusted, paint covered hinges and replace then with new shiny ones.
This is a tough one, but you can look for sales on discontinued flooring at home improvement stores and flooring dealers. Do not forget Craigslist and Freecycle as well.
Sometimes you can get used wood you can just reinstall, sand and finish like new. If new flooring is out of your budget, buy one large, inexpensive area rug or check for carpet remnants to brighten up your kitchen.
UPDATE WALLS & CEILINGS
Give your walls and ceiling a fresh coat of paint. Change the color… do not be afraid to be BOLD but make sure you use a good quality semi-gloss paint so you can easily wash your walls when necessary.
ADD A NEW LOOK TO COUNTERTOPS
There are many new counter materials out there in addition to expensive granite. Laminate countertops are an inexpensive option and offer a large variety of designs that look like high end granite or soapstone countertops. Ceramic tile is also a budget friendly option to update the countertops.
BUT if new counters are not an option at all, you can update outdated laminate countertops with a new coat of paint. Simply sand down the top and paint with a paint made specifically made for laminates. I had no idea you could paint it to look like granite – WOW!
Did you know there is peel & stick wall tiles for around $10/sqft you can use for a back splash. You could also choose to use wallpaper that imitates the look of tile for another inexpensive choice.
I also love the idea of old tin tiles or even beadboard. Be sure to check out the clearance section at your local home improvement center and to save even more money and do the installation yourself.
This is one that is haunting me because though I have beautiful vaulted ceilings that I love – I CANNOT SEE A THING in my kitchen. One easy fix is to add some under cabinet lighting that adds a decorative touch as well as extra lighting. They typically come in sets, and are easy to install, and can you can add them under your existing upper cabinets.
Check out funky over the sink lighting fixtures or even a free standing lamp on an island to add some character.
Just like you change the throw pillows, curtains and wall art in your living room, do the same for your kitchen! Add new dish towels and window curtains for added touches of color. Look for unique new pictures and artwork for the walls.