5 Inexpensive Kitchen Upgrade Ideas to Improve Your Home

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The average American spends anywhere from $12,594 to $33,118 on kitchen remodeling. Those numbers are pretty overwhelming if you don’t have the money. Everyone loves the big, fancy kitchens on all the home shows, but these kitchens aren’t a reality for everyone’s budget.

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive. Check out these 5 inexpensive kitchen upgrade ideas to inspire your project.

1. Repaint Your Cabinets

Ready for a whole new look? Paint your cabinets instead of replacing them. You’ll be surprised what a coat of paint will do to your cabinets.

Go for neutral colors like white or gray. You don’t want to go too crazy and have to do it all over again.

If you like the wood look and your cabinets are wood, you can strip off the finish. Then restore it and add the color varnish you want. This works great for wood with a rich grain.

2. Add a Backsplash

Another way to get some color in your kitchen is to add a backsplash. There are all kinds of styles available. You can choose from a variety of peel and stick patterns, which are super easy to install, or apply ceramic tiles yourself.

If you don’t trust your skills and can’t afford to hire a contractor, try painting the backsplash area. Use a glossy finish for an easier surface to clean.

3. Replace Countertop

You would be surprised how inexpensive it can be to replace countertops. Not everyone wants granite anymore, and you can find cheaper options such as laminate self-stick to place over your current counter.

You can also find a laminate that looks like stone. If you want something different, another trend is concrete counters. 

4. Update Knobs and Pulls

One of the quickest updates you can do is changing out all your cabinet hardware. Try a brushed nickel or dark bronze finish to add an updated, rich look. 

Don’t get anything too crazy like wine bottles or chickens knobs. You may grow tired of these cute options quickly.

5. Remove Cabinet Doors or Replace Doors

Try taking the front doors off of your top cabinets and replace it with glass-paneled ones. You can also remove the doors altogether and opt for more open shelving.  Show off your beautiful dishes and add pops of color with your open cabinets. 

If you don’t want to show off your dishes, don’t worry. You can always opt for frosted glass to still get a new, updated look.

Want to See Your Renovation Ideas?

If you have a remodel in mind and want to see a layout, check out KitchenWhiz to see the new layout just like you can see on those home improvement shows. The first thing you need to do before any remodel is to set your budget. This will help you determine where to start and how much you can realistically spend.

Have Other Kitchen Upgrade Ideas?

Your kitchen is the heart of the home. With a little bit of budgeting and planning, you can make your kitchen upgrade ideas a reality. 

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