Kitchens are the heart of the home. They are where the family comes together, where friends are hosted, and where we nourish our bodies. A great kitchen makes cooking well and cooking healthy meals not just easier but enjoyable. If you feel cramped or otherwise off-put by your kitchen, then a change is desperately in order.
It’s such a key part of the home, and when it comes to renovating there are so many options available to you. If you don’t have a massive budget, don’t worry, because with these top six budget tips you’ll be able to enjoy a more beautiful kitchen in no time:
Give it a Surface Refresh
There are many ways that you can give the surface a refresh. Start by repainting or refinishing the cupboards. If you want to refinish it, you will first need to sand it down and then add the stain and the finish.
Technically, you can repaint the tiles and your counters, though this should be a temporary fix. If your plan is to save up and make the necessary replacements, later on, go for it! Paint the counter (and remember to seal it) so that you can enjoy the counter color while you wait to save or for the counter to be cut.
OR: Invest in a DIY Kitchen
If you want to completely transform the look of your kitchen, but don’t have the budget to bring in experts to handle it, then your best option will be a DIY kitchen. There are so many great, beautiful kitchens out there that are easy to install on your own. This saves you money and time.
You can then bring in someone to cut a custom counter specialist such as Kitchens For DIY or a plumber to install the sink if you so wish. The point is, by taking as much of the work on by yourself as you can, the more money you will be able to save in the process.
Replace the Appliances
No renovation is complete unless the appliances also fit. If they don’t, then it’s time to upgrade. If you are looking to invest in a new kitchen, you will even have the option to hide your appliances. This means that a cupboard door is placed and attached to the fridge or the dishwasher. You won’t be able to do this with your oven, as the head when it’s on could cause warping or be a fire hazard.
Replacing your appliances may seem like a big-budget update, but it doesn’t need to be. Shop on sales and also take advantage of financing offers. You may even be able to negotiate a great deal for yourself.
Something to really pay attention to with your appliances is energy efficiency and how well the appliance can be repaired. In Europe, there is “the right to repair,” which means that manufacturers must produce components from their appliances so that they can be more easily repaired. By shopping from a company that offers this right to repair, you can prolong the life of your appliances even further.
Update the Fixtures
An easy update to make, regardless of whether you are bringing in new kitchen cupboards or repurposing your old ones, is to update the fixtures. This means the knobs, the handles, the taps, and also the lights. These are often very easy to replace, so long as they are the right size.
You can really elevate your kitchen by making these simple replacements. When it comes to taps in your kitchen, you can add extra features, like a removable hose head that makes it easier to rinse your dishes or fill pitchers.
Add Visual and Vertical Storage
While cupboards are the go-to for upper-level storage, they are not always appropriate. For example, if your space is rather dark, you won’t want cupboards crowding around the window. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should remove all the cupboards, but do experiment with design tools (software tools that can help you visualize your project before you get started) so that you can see if a floating would be a better fit for the space or a cupboard.
Vertical storage is so important in kitchens – particularly if they are small. When planning out that visual storage, be aware that kitchen appliances can be beautiful to display, so don’t shy away from open storage options like those shelves.
Decorate to Improve the Visual Feel of Your Kitchen
When it comes to improving the feel of your kitchen decorating is a great option. Decorating can be purposeful. For example, if you invest in a matching set of countertop appliances, this will look great and lead the eye through your room. Next, add art, sculptures, and plants. Plants, in particular, can be an excellent and simple addition that really adds to the look and feel of your kitchen – we highly recommend adding herbs and other kitchen essentials, like vegetables.