The kitchen is the most used, and, hardest-working room in the house. It’s where meals are prepared, memories made and shared, and serves as the centerpiece of the home. As technology changes and new trends emerge, it’s easy for such a functional, but often, aesthetic space, to be out of sync. Homeowners who are ambitious enough might go all-out, plunking down an average of nearly $55,000 for a full remodel, which brings a return of 74.2 percent. Others chose a minor update, which averages just under $19,000, but brings back an impressive 82.7 percent.
The truth is, a kitchen can be updated on a very small budget. Strategic changes make big differences in the overall look and feel of a space. There are several inexpensive and quick fixes which can transform a kitchen. With just a little bit of elbow grease, some imagination, and, a small amount of money, you can makeover yours with grand results.
Affordable, Easy Kitchen Updates
The first place to begin is to create a blank slate. This means taking down any decor, leaving the walls, windows, and countertops empty. You’ll likely be surprised by how much larger the space looks and probably find a bit of inspiration.
“Whether you are planning to invest your own sweat equity in a complete kitchen remodel or simply hope to make a few quick changes over the weekend, when every penny counts it’s important to choose projects that will make a big impact for the lowest price possible. Stay focused on the results you are after (put on blinders when you walk past those $1,000 light fixtures) and be willing to get your hands a bit paint splattered, and you can certainly achieve beautiful results on any budget.” —Houzz.com
The appliances are generally the best place to start, especially if you’re not replacing them. Give the hood, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave a good, deep cleaning. Chances are excellent, there’s a collection of dust and grease, and other grime that’s waiting to be removed. Once the appliances are sparkling, it’s time to move on. Here are some great and easy ways to update your kitchen:
- Fresh paint. Next, focus on the walls, which could probably use a fresh coat of paint. Chose a neutral and light color to make the space feel more open and welcoming. In addition, you can opt to paint the cabinets, giving them a fresh look.
- Pulls and hinges. You’ll be surprised by how much new cabinet and drawer pulls make. Changing out the cabinet hinges will also have a big impact. If you don’t want to repaint your cabinets, then consider resurfacing them, as well as the countertops.
- Lighting. One of the savviest ways to update a kitchen is to swap out old lighting for new fixtures. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to go a bit bold. You’re going not only for functionality, but effect.
- Backsplash. Adding a new backsplash isn’t as difficult as you might think. There are products available which make putting in a new backsplash a cinch. This creative change will completely transform your kitchen.
- Molding. If your kitchen has space between the cabinets and the ceilings, you can dress the tops with crown molding. Match the cabinet color and tack-on some crown molding for a more elegant look.
- Faucet(s). Like the pulls and hinges, this hardware swap will do much to make a difference. If you’re a bit more adventurous, you can replace the entire sink but just be replacing the faucets, you’ll remake the sink area.
Another clever way to open up your kitchen, and, make it a bit more functional, is to take the cabinet doors off and fill the hinge holes. This will create an easier work environment and give the space a great look.