This year we have all stayed at home a lot more than usual, and it has led to a lot more decorating and DIY in our house. Hence this post about how to update your kitchen on a budget. If we are going to be stuck at home then I want home to be as beautiful, homely and welcoming as it can be. I spend a lot of time in our kitchen - it really is the heart of the home when you have a family and I spend a lot of time in there.
Our kitchen is not that old but I do like to update it regularly so I am a bit of an expert at knowing how to update your kitchen on a budget. Obviously everyone's idea of "budget" is different and you may want to do one, or all of these things. Sometimes changing just one big thing can make a huge difference, or you might want to make lots of smaller changes instead. Either way, enjoy the process, use blogs and Pinterest for inspiration and I'd definitely recommend making a mood board before you start to make sure that you stick to your vision.
One of the biggest things you can change in your kitchen is the cabinet doors. If your kitchen is looking dated but you can't afford new units, or yours are in good condition then you can consider changing just the doors. If new doors are out of your budget then you can even paint your existing ones. Use a specialist paint and a smooth small roller to get a good finish.
You might not want to do anything as drastic as change the cabinet doors, just changing the handles can have a big impact. Gold and black hardware are really on trend right now so if you wanted to easily and quickly update the look of your kitchen, changing the cupboard handles is a really easy way to do it.
Worktops are a huge part of the kitchen, and you really notice them when you come into the room. You can easily and cheaply update your kitchen worktops by using a vinyl covering, a bit like sticky backed plastic. Obviously this isn't very durable but it is good for a quick fix, and it should peel off without leaving a mark, which is great if you are living in rented accomodation.
However, I think that worktops are the one area it is worth spending a bit of money on. You can transform your whole kitchen by changing just the worktop. At the moment we have a laminate worktop in our kitchen, as that was all we could afford at the time, but in the future I'd like to upgrade it to something that will really make a feature of the kitchen, I especially like granite worktops and I have also just discovered silestone worktops which look stunning!
Another way to really update the look of your kitchen is to update the flooring. You can do this to suit all budgets. The least disruptive is to use a rug to brighten up the space and give it a different look. You can also use stick on vinyl flooring if you are looking for a really budget option, and one that you can remove easily. Otherwise, look into putting down new laminate or re-tiling - it will make a huge difference to the appearance of the room.
Don't forget that one of the easiest and budget friendly ways of updating a room is to repaint it. I spend hours looking at Pinterest for colour inspiration for our kitchen as I want to repaint it soon. Painting everything a bright white is a good option as then you can easily add colour with new accessories. Or alternatively go bold with a block colour for a dramatic and on trend effect.
Brighten up your kitchen space easily by changing up some of the accessories and appliances. You can cheaply change blinds and curtains as well as lampshades etc. for a quick new look. You can also get kitchen appliances in a range of colour themes so why not get a new set to create a new look. Take a look at selling sites such as Facebook where you can usually buy a bundle from someone who has done the same to update their kitchen!
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