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Budget-friendly kitchen renovation ideas

by Jillian CariolaPublished: September 27, 2013Updated: July 4, 2017

Stay within your budget when remodeling your kitchen by applying these tips.

The kitchen is considered by many to be the heart of a home, seeing as this is where family members would often congregate and spend some much-needed quality time together over conversation or food, or both. Hence, it is perfectly understandable that you would want to remodel it to make sure it fits your standard of practicality and style. The trouble with this is, not everyone has the money for a major kitchen overhaul; renovations usually have to take the backseat after considering all the other household expenses that you have to prioritize.

The truth is that there is no need to spend a lot of money on a kitchen renovation to ensure that it continues to promote family togetherness. If done correctly, an aesthetic and functionality overhaul can be accomplished with a few key changes that may seem little but make a big impact. Here are some renovation tricks that are easy on the eyes as well as on the pocket.

 

A splash of color

A new paint job is the easiest and fastest way to change your kitchen’s ambiance, especially if you are on a shoestring budget. Paint colors depend on the mood that one would want to convey in that specific area. In many cases, yellow is chosen to paint kitchen walls with to bring in a bright and airy vibe. Red is also referred to as a shade that could make a kitchen more warm and welcoming. Surprisingly, some suggest that blue—normally regarded as a tranquil color—is also said to be a good choice, given that it is considered as an “appetite suppressant” compared to the reputedly hunger-inducing red and yellow. If you would prefer to stick with classic white, use bold statements like brightly colored chairs or curtains to add character to the space.

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Wall painting. Photo via Depositphotos

Kitchen walls often get dirty with stains that are hard to wipe off, so be sure to use semi-gloss latex paint to make cleaning trouble-free. On that note, you may also want to consider redoing your backsplash—the area behind the stove that often gets stained with oil and sauce while you cook. To introduce a shockingly pleasant change to that small area, use subway tiles or patterned swatches of wallpaper.

Walls are not the only surfaces you can recolor. If your cabinets have been the same color for years, it could be time for an update. Some people might prefer to preserve the look of wood by choosing to simply re-apply varnish, but if the thought of a major change emboldens you, go the extra mile by actually painting them. Just be sure to choose a color that will not clash with the wall paint that you ultimately select.

 

Clearing the clutter

One of the biggest problems in the kitchen is clutter, what with all the utensils, appliances, and cookware that you normally find lying around. If this is your main concern, reorganizing is a big step toward obtaining a new look for your kitchen. Your kitchen counter, for instance, should ideally just hold items like the rice cooker, the microwave oven, and the toaster. Minimizing knick-knacks doesn’t just keep the counter tidy; it also makes for easy food preparation and the cleanup that comes afterwards.

Don’t just focus on improving storage on your kitchen counter; wall shelves and racks are great for storing and organizing things, too. Suspend pots, pans, colanders, ladles and spatulas from above the stove or along the wall instead of keeping them in a cabinet. If you need more containers, affordable storage items like bins and racks will ensure that everything is kept in their right place, making the kitchen appear bigger and a lot tidier.

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Hanging pots. Photo via Depositphotos

Instead of letting cleaning supplies like the mops, brooms, disinfectants, and stain removers stand in one corner of the kitchen, put them in the cabinet under the sink or a supply closet. Again, this serves two things: it keeps your kitchen from looking cluttered, and it also prevents accidents especially if you have young children or pets in the house.

Before you proceed to force all of your other kitchen tools into cabinets and out of sight, assess them and figure out which ones you will most likely never use and get rid of them. One can never have enough kitchen space, and you want to save said space for things that you actually use.

 

Storage: to replace or not to replace?

Before removing your cabinets or drawers and installing new ones, inspect your old ones closely first. Replacing them completely can cost a lot of money, so if they don’t show obvious signs of damage, keep them. A little bit of wear brought about by years of use can be easily fixed with just a bit of refinishing or repainting, as mentioned above. You can create a new look by replacing old and broken pulls and handles, preferably with ones that have unique shapes and designs.

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Open shelving. Photo via Depositphotos

For a fresh take, remove the cabinet doors to create the look of open storage. This will not only give the kitchen a more contemporary feel, but will also let you see clearly where everything is without having to conduct a scavenger hunt every time you need a specific pot or dish.

 

Improving the lighting

Proper lighting has a way of drastically changing the overall atmosphere of a kitchen. A very cost-effective way of making improvements is by striking a balance between natural and artificial lighting. Enhance artificial lighting by replacing incandescent bulbs with halogen lights, which last for a long time while using less energy. If you want to change your light fixtures, visit second-hand stores to find interesting-looking pieces on the cheap.

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Halogen lights. Photo via Depositphotos

To let more natural light flow into the room, declutter the window sill and remove dirt or decals from the pane. Heavy curtains can make the kitchen look dark and feel stifling, so opt for sheer ones. You can also affix a mirror on one wall so light can reflect on it and create the illusion of brightness.


Planning a renovation, especially for older houses, is essential if you want to make sure that you do not exceed your budget. By following these tips, you are guaranteed to enjoy the experience as well as the fruits of your labor, knowing that you were able to spend as little as possible.

 

Main photo via Depositphotos

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