We all have one. An always postponed kitchen remodeling project. But when we finally decide to start there’s that thought in the back of our minds about the costs that postpone it some more. Well, here are 7 ways you can use to update the kitchen that are budget friendly and easy to do.

  • Paint the cabinets

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Paint is your best friend when you want to update the cabinets on a budget. Grab a color from Annie Sloan’s chalk paints and see them transform. Chalk paint works well on many types of materials. If you’re not sure about what your cabinets are made out of, learn more here.

  • Update the backsplash

graphite chalk paint backsplash

Chalk paint can also improve your dated backsplash. Besides, it averages between 10 and 40 square feet in most kitchens, so you won’t break the bank painting it. Just remember that it also needs a varnish layer in the wet areas. Then you can draw a pattern on it or write down your favorite recipe.

  • Add LED COUNTER-TOP lights

LED strip lights under cabinets

Nothing beats lighting when updating a room. So, if you don’t already have it, add countertop LED strips to make that chalk paint backsplash really pop. Ikea even has some that work on batteries so you won’t have to tackle the wiring.

  • Change the cabinet handles and pulls

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It’s a subtle change with a big impact. It changes the look of the entire room. The price averages between 5 and 10 bucks for a handle, so it’s a good choice for a quick and cheap update.

  • Update the floors

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If the wood floors could use some care, consider painting them. You can even paint a stencil pattern on them for a color accent in front of the sink. You can go for a pale grey, it’s neutral and it works well with any other color.

  • New light fixtures

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Swap those old pendant light fixtures with new, more stylish ones. They are the focal point in the kitchen, after all. You’ll find some great choices at Lowe’s or Ikea for under 40$ a piece.

  • A touch of green

DIY vertical herb garden

Add a DIY herb planter for a touch of green. You can even make this a focal point in the kitchen. There’s nothing like fresh picked herbs for flavorful cooking and you can (almost) never go wrong with plants. They always liven the place up.


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