Tips for Updating Your Outdated Kitchen on a Budget

Posted on Jul 13 2023 - 10:30am by Paige Brown, Managing Editor
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By Anita Ginsburg 

The kitchen is perhaps the most used and visited space in any home. It’s the heart of the house, where we cook, eat and entertain guests. However, with time and use, your kitchen can become outdated and worn out. Refurbishing the entire kitchen can be expensive, but there are plenty of affordable ways to update your kitchen without breaking the bank. In this blog post, we’ll offer some tips on how to transform your kitchen into a modern and functional space that makes cooking a pleasant experience.

Repaint Your Cabinets
Painting your cabinets is an affordable way to give your kitchen an instant makeover. With the right color and tone, your kitchen cabinets can give your entire space an updated, fresh look. Choose colors that are trendy, yet timeless, like white, gray, or navy blue. You can also get creative with a two-tone look where you paint the upper and lower cabinets different colors. Adding new hardware to the cabinets can also provide an extra touch of elegance.

Upgrade Appliances
Your appliances may be working correctly, but they may look outdated, which can be an eyesore. Investing in new stainless-steel appliances can make a significant difference in your kitchen's look and feel. If buying new appliances is not feasible, updating the existing appliances with a fresh coat of paint or sticking a vinyl sheet on them is an option. This not only gives a facelift to the existing appliance but also saves you a lot of money.

Add a Backsplash
A backsplash is an excellent way to add a pop of color and style to your kitchen. You can choose from a wide range of colors, textures, and patterns to suit your taste. Adding a backsplash to your kitchen not only protects against spills and stains, but it also creates a focal point in the kitchen. You don’t have to install a backsplash throughout the entire kitchen. A focal point behind the cooking space or a small backsplash area behind the sink would add value to your kitchen.

New Countertops
Replacing countertops can be a big-ticket item, but there are inexpensive options available to refresh the countertops' look. Painting countertops with a high-quality primer and a granite-look paint kit can transform the look of the kitchen countertops. Another alternative is to install a countertop overlay made of granite or an engineered stone-like product, which can be placed over the existing countertops. This gives an immediate update to your kitchen without replacing the countertops altogether.

Update Lighting
A kitchen is not adequately lit only by overhead lights. Update the lighting fixtures around the kitchen for a refreshing look. Adding new pendant lights over the kitchen island or the breakfast nook adds depth and character to space. Under Cabinet lighting can also revive a kitchen’s look; this adds brightness to the countertop area and creates a cozy ambiance.

Transforming a kitchen does not have to cost a fortune. Simple updates can make a world of difference if done correctly. Repainting cabinets, adding a backsplash, swapping out hardware, upgrading appliances, updating the lighting, or painting or overlaying countertops can create a whole new space without the hassle and expense of a full renovation. The key is to identify which moves are best for your space, style, and budget, and getting started on creating the kitchen of your dreams. If needed, work with a company like Nielsen's Remodeling & Construction to help you stick to a budget while meeting your renovation needs. Follow these tips and enjoy cooking in a modern, upgraded kitchen without breaking the bank.

Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colorado. She studied at Colorado State University and now enjoys writing about health, business and family. A mother of two wonderful children, she loves traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can find her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.