Home renovations often surround the kitchen -- though this can be a costly endeavor. Money shouldn’t keep you from adding a designer’s touch from your home; there are many affordable options available if you wish to bring a new look to your home.
- Change the hardware
Simply adding new fixtures in your kitchen can change the feel of the entire room. Most pieces can be purchased fairly cheap from hardware stores near your home, many of which will offer a wide selection to fit most any style. For example, you can get a new faucet from Home Depot for under $50. Small upgrades like this are not only cost-effective, but also fairly easy as well. Most cabinet handles are simply screwed on and off, and many pieces of kitchen hardware will come with easy to follow installation instructions.
A fresh coat of paint can bring new life into a home. This is especially true if your current color has become faded or dated. Paint can be purchased for anywhere from $30 to $70, depending on the brand and quality you choose. Many paint shops will help you make custom colors as well, which makes for a more personalized choice and allows your personality to be reflected in your own kitchen.
- Refinish your appliances
Stainless steel appliances are common in modern kitchens, but most older kitchens generally have black or white appliances that may now seem outdated. However, with products like stainless steel contact paper, you can make your old appliances appear as bright and shiny as if you had bought them brand new. Polished stainless steel can make a kitchen seem brighter, cleaner, and newer all at once. The cost is also low -- you can pay around $1000 for a new stainless steel refrigerator or pay less than $50 for the contact paper needed to make your current refrigerator look like stainless steel.
- Creative kitchen decorations
Adding some simple decorations around your kitchen can make the walls seem like new. You can get decorative pieces that stick onto walls and the sides of cabinets, or attach decorative hooks to your walls, adding both functionality and a facelift to your kitchen. Simple additions like this can personalize your space while creating a more workable space, essentially doubling your budget.
- Organizational inserts
Just like having an open-concept home makes it feel inviting and new, having a clear and clean kitchen can make the room feel new as well. Find racks to put in your cabinets to increase the amount you can store, or get things off of the counter and into cabinets and drawers. Simple organization like this can do worlds of good for a kitchen in need of a refresh. Basic organizational helpers will usually cost less than $50, or you may be able to make some on your own if you are crafty. This small and cheap update can help your kitchen feel new again.