17 Cheap Kitchen Upgrades That Make a Huge Difference
Sometimes the biggest impact on a room can stem from the smallest changes. Read these tips to freshen the look of your kitchen, without the headache of a big remodel. These projects take anywhere from a few hours to a weekend.
Pick out some under-cabinet lighting
We talked about overhead lighting, but adding new task lighting in the form of under-cabinet lights is also a worthy project. Under-cabinet lighting doesn’t have to be expensive! LED ropes, for example, are highly affordable and easy to install. While it adds a new dimension to your kitchen, it also highlights dust and dirt, so keep your counters clean. These 31 home improvements will double the value of your home.
Switch out the hardware
One way to update the kitchen without spending a lot of money is switching out the cabinet hardware. This project can be done in one day and can help tie together the look of a room. For the best way to install the hardware, check out these tips.
Change the cabinet color
Gray has become the go-to neutral, for good reason. Depending on the shade it fits well into most home color schemes. The color also helps to hide any fingerprints or food splashes. Check out our other color ideas for kitchen cabinets.
Install a new island countertop
If you don’t have the money to switch out all the countertops in your kitchen, focus on the island. By changing the island countertop a new-look can be tested in a small way.
Build an herb garden
Freshen up your kitchen by bringing the outdoors in with a new hanging herb garden. This project is a good one to build in the late winter/early spring so you can transplant the herbs outside when the growing season starts. Herbs need a lot of sunlight, so make sure the hanging garden is placed near a sunny window.
Update the appliances
Stainless steel has been the go-to appliance finish for years, but tastes change. Black stainless steel appliances with a matte finish offer better protection against fingerprints and they contrast beautifully against light-colored cabinets. This is a highly effective, but expensive, way to freshen up your kitchen. Just make sure to avoid these 32 home upgrades that are a huge waste of money.
Replace old flooring with vinyl tiles
Flooring is often an expensive project because of the materials used and labor required, but today there are many options for inexpensive flooring projects. If your kitchen has decades-old linoleum, it’s time for a redo. Explore vinyl tile styles and colors to find something you like. Today’s vinyl tiles are affordable, very easy to install, and can even mimic the properties of other, more expensive surfaces for a high-end look.
Install a new sink
The kitchen sink is used every day and can get worn and tired-looking before other elements in the kitchen. Replace the sink to give your kitchen a boost. To make sure the installation goes smoothly, avoid these pitfalls.
Install expandable shelves in cabinets
Expandable or pullout shelves are an easy way to add extra room to your kitchen without changing anything else. This is a relatively small project and you can typically find a very good pullout shelf accessory for around $50—or you can make your own.