4 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

4 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

The following contribution is from another author.

The kitchen is no longer just a functional room; for a lot of people, it’s the focal point of the house. It’s the place where they cook and eat meals with family but it’s also a great space for entertaining friends. That’s why it’s a big problem if your kitchen is looking a bit tired because you spend so much time in there. But ripping the whole thing out and replacing it all is so expensive and you might not have the money to do that. The good news is, you probably don’t need to. People are too quick to go for a full kitchen refit when it isn’t necessary because there are plenty of other things that you can try first. These are some of the best, cheap ways to update your kitchen.


Replacing all of the units in your kitchen is often the most expensive bit, and people do it because they’re looking a bit worn out. But the actual units themselves are probably fine, it’s just the exterior that needs changing. If you pay to replace the whole thing, you’re just wasting your money. It’s better to call in a kitchen cabinet refinishing service instead. They’ll be able to completely overhaul the doors and drawers on all of the units for a fraction of the price of replacing them all. The effect will be exactly the same but it’s so much cheaper.


Often, the problem isn’t that your kitchen isn’t outdated or in need of refurbishment, it’s just that it isn’t organized very well. When you’ve got kitchen gadgets and pots and pans all over the place and you don’t have space for it all, your kitchen will feel cramped and small. But if you can just give yourself a bit more storage so you can organize the kitchen better, it’ll make a big difference. Putting up a few shelves to store things like spices or tins is a good start. You should also put up some hooks on the wall to hang pots and pans from. That will free up a lot of space in the units so you can keep everything out of the way.

Repaint It

One of the bigger ways you can update your kitchen is to give it a repaint. It could help to tie the room together a lot more than you’d think, and make it look much nicer. If you paint it yourself, it should save you quite a bit of money. Even if you hire Bellevue painters, it could cost much less than you’d think, so you shouldn’t break the bank.

Small Appliances

Changing the oven and fridge in your kitchen is going to be expensive, but what about the smaller appliances. You can think of small appliances in the kitchen like accessories and decorations in other rooms. If you swap out your boring old toaster or your mixer for brightly colored ones, it breathes a bit of life into the kitchen and it won’t cost much. Think about the placement as well and move things around a little to see if it makes any difference.

Replace The Counters

The countertops can be quite expensive to replace, especially if you’re going for something like marble. But there are a lot of cheaper options out there that still look just as good. If you replace the countertops with fresh ones, it alters the aesthetic of the entire room and it doesn’t have to cost that much.

Before you go ahead and start ripping your kitchen out, try some of these simple tricks first. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and the desired effect will be the same.  


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).


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