Are you wanting to make a few kitchen improvements? For our large family where money is tight I’ve needed to find the best ways on How To Update Your Kitchen On a Budget. Saving money without compromising style is very important.
How To Update Your Kitchen On A Budget
Whether you’re wanting an all white shabby chic look or a rustic cabin in the woods look, fixing up your kitchen is always a welcomed adventure in most homes. What’s not welcomed is the high costs associated with remodeling a kitchen. Thankfully, there are some inexpensive ways to update your kitchen, if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty.
Before you run out to the store, go ahead and jump onto Pinterest or HGTV, what theme or design are you looking to create? What is it that calls out to you? Is it marble countertops, wooden floors, or perhaps it’s all white cabinets?
Create a list of what you’d like to change in order to create your dream kitchen. Next, you’re going to have to make a budget. Decide how much you have to spend, and then create a priority list. What matters more to you, more storage space or an updated counter?
Once you have your list, you’ll be able to start shopping around, price comparing, and searching for reviews.
How To Save Money On Appliances
Perhaps you moved into a fixer upper foreclosed home with appliances from the 1950’s. Definitely time for an upgrade. A great way to save money on new appliances is going to be by searching for a scratch and dent shop or by looking for clearance items at big box appliance stores. Opting for a fridge or dishwasher with a scratch or dent usually saves over 50% of the original cost.
If you’re purchasing a scratch and dent (clearance) item from a big box store, be sure to also look for a coupon for more savings!
Another way to save money on appliances is by getting it used or refurbished. If you don’t mind an older model, you’ll be able to find great prices on appliances from other homeowners who are looking to upgrade their own. Offerup is a great app for finding used appliances.
Fake it until you make it!
Be honest, you’ve had a knock off purse before (or now), it’s okay, I won’t tell. But you love the look of a certain thing, but your budget just won’t allow for it. Thankfully, we’re in a creative world where we can fake it with almost anything.
Are you in awe of those gorgeous wood countertops? You can find a fabulous assortment of ideas over at Worktop Express. I’ve found myself lost gazing through the different grains and the variations in light and dark woods.
Want granite countertops? No problem! You can find countertop paint kits at Walmart, Lowes, and many other stores or online. These look like the real deal. You can make it a weekend project, and it costs less than $100!
Love the look of hardwood floors? If your home does not have original hardwood flooring and you’re not in the position to have it professionally done, consider getting peel and stick vinyl hardwood floor tiles. They are easy to apply and look like the real thing.
Talking about vinyl, there are so many peel and stick designs available for backsplashes online through many different retailers. Goodbye mixing things and getting messy, hello easy, beautiful Mexican themed vinyl backsplash tiles (whoa, that was a mouthful).
How To Upgrade Your Cabinets
The cabinets are the core of the kitchen. Simply sanding and repainting them will transform your kitchen. But if you want to take it a step further, you can inexpensively upgrade them further by purchasing stylish hardware for them as well. Remember to buy semi-gloss paint (they’re easier to wipe down).
Are your top cabinets falling apart? If so, no amount of paint may be able to hide the fact that they need to be replaced. Thankfully, you can create a minimalist look by getting rid of the cabinets and replacing them with open shelving. It saves spaces and makes the kitchen look bigger. Another great thing about open shelves is that you begin to purge items, and know where everything is at.
Shockingly, you can find whole kitchen cabinet sets in recycled thrift stores, such as Restore (part of habitat for humanity), and places like Craigslist. If you find cabinets with good bones, a deep cleaning, sanding, and paint job will save you thousands of dollars.
In the end all that matters is your family has a kitchen that make them feel at home (I’d love someone to help keep mine cleaner). I hope these tips help you to better know how to update your kitchen and stay within your budget. Do you have any tips for us or things to stay away from?