Give Your Kitchen a Makeover with These 8 Budget-Friendly Ideas

A blue kitchen.

So,you’ve found the perfect house, but the only thing keeping you from putting the offer is the outdated kitchen. Whether you enjoy cooking or love hosting dinner parties, a well-designed kitchen is a must for every house. If you love the rest of the house, don’t let an oddly-designed kitchen stop you. In this post, we’re sharing the best ways to remodel a kitchen without spending too much. Take a look. 

1. Stick To the Original Layout

If you can’t spend a lot on a kitchen makeover, then you have to let go of the idea of changing the layout. Changing the layout involves a lot, including knocking down walls, changing plumbing, rewiring, installing power points, and more. Not only will this cost you a lot of money, but it can be quite time-consuming. It would be best to make peace with the existing layout and work around it. 

A kitchen with white cabinets and black counter tops.

2. Skip Customized Cabinets

Customized cabinets can be quite expensive. Instead of hiring a carpenter for bespoke cabinetry, you should work with what you’ve already got. Repaint your cabinets and replace the hardware to give it new life. If you can spend a bit more, you can also replace just the cabinet doors. 

3. Refresh Existing Fixtures

Instead of replacing sinks, faucets, splashbacks, and other fixtures, try refinishing them for a new look. You can refinish sinks and splashback grout on your own. And the best part? It will barely cost anything!

4. Spend Where It Counts

You can easily enhance the aesthetics of your kitchen without breaking the bank. That’s why you should focus on spending money on improving functionality. Invest in energy-efficient appliances that will help you enjoy energy savings in the long run. Look for Energy Star rating when shopping for kitchen appliances. 

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5. Repair Walls & Floors

A dull colour can bring down the overall appeal of your kitchen. A drab dark brown or Pepto Bismol pink are some of the worst colours for interiors. To instantly brighten up the kitchen, repaint it with a neutral colour. You can paint the cabinets a vibrant shade for a pop of colour. 

A compact kitchen with a table and chairs.

Similarly, installing new hardwood or tiled floors may not fall under your budget. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle with ugly floors. Paint them with a colour you like! Alternatively, you can also place a rug to hide any stains or damage. 

6. Modernize Cupboards

If you have a small kitchen, then bulky cupboards can further close off  the space. You can open up the space and give your kitchen a modern twist by removing the cupboard doors. Just remove the doors, and now you have open shelves with minimal effort.

7. Get Affordable Marble Countertops

Marble countertops for the kitchen have been a classy and popular option for a long time. But replacing existing countertops with marble will end up costing a lot. Luckily, there is an affordable alternative available at a fraction of the cost of marble. Get white (or any other colour) marble decal and stick them on top of the original countertops. You don’t even need to hire contractors for the job. 

This inexpensive option is particularly suitable for renters. When you’re moving out, you can simply peel off the decal. 

8. Upgrade Lighting Fixtures

Poor lighting can ruin the potential of well-designed spaces. Replace ancient ceiling lights with hanging lights that double up as decor. You can easily install hanging lights on your own. 

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A modern kitchen with black cabinets.

Consider if the new lighting fixtures going to drive up your energy bills? It would be best to compare energy providers in your area and switch to an affordable one. For competitively-priced plans, check out AGL energy plans and Alinta Energy reviews. 

To find out more on energy savings you could also visit the EW Energy Blog.

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