Kitchens: Low Cost, Big Impact Upgrades

Laurie WallRemodeling

House a Home - Kitchen Remodel

When your kitchen begins to feel boring or outdated, it’s time to infuse a little life back into it. Major renovations and upgrades can cost a lot of money, but it’s not necessary to break the bank in order to spruce up your kitchen. Here are seven big impact updates for your kitchen that will not cost a whole lot of money.

Rearrange Things

Sometimes the biggest impact can be made with the smallest price tag. If you have open shelving or glass-front cabinets, clean out your cupboards and put pretty but useful items on the shelves. Since people are going to see these areas, it makes sense to make them attractive.

Add Decorative Items from Other Rooms

Redecorate your kitchen with items you already have. Scour your house, basement, attic, and garage for decorative, useful items such as lamps, rugs, knick-knacks, and art work. Hang a funky old clock or a painting your grandmother made. Repurposing decorative items is a great way to update your kitchen, and it won’t cost you a dime.

Decorate the Cabinets

Your cabinets are a high-profile element of the kitchen, so any changes you make to them will have a big impact. A hot trend right now is tuxedo cabinetry—painting the upper cabinets one color and the lower cabinets another. Another low-cost, big impact alteration you can make is changing the hardware. Updated pulls and handles can make your cabinets feel brand new. 

Make a Splash with the Backsplash

Your kitchen backsplash offers an opportunity to add a new decorative touch and is certainly another place you can really get creative for very little money. Paint it, add wallpaper, or re-tile with appealing decorative ceramic tiles.

Lighting Fixtures

A good lighting fixture is like jewelry for your kitchen. Replace your old lighting fixtures with an elegant option such as a pendant lamp or even a trio of pendant lamps. A funky fixture with colored glass will add a touch of flare. Whatever message you want to send, there is a lighting fixture that will speak for you. 

Plumbing Fixtures

A new faucet for the kitchen sink does not have to be expensive and is actually pretty easy to install, which means you can save on installation fees. Think of the difference you could make to your kitchen sink by replacing your faucet with one of brushed nickel or oiled bronze. These small changes can be big impact updates for your kitchen.

Window Dressing

What could be easier than replacing old window dressings? Switch up the color scheme and add contrast with new curtains. Or change the mood by going from curtains to shades or wood blinds.

Whether it is switching out window dressings, painting, or installing new fixtures or hardware, updating your kitchen does not have to cost an arm and a leg. These inexpensive big impact updates for your kitchen will give you the most bang for your buck.

Upgrading Your Kitchen for Resale

When contemplating a kitchen upgrade, choose kitchen materials for resale value that will appeal to potential buyers.