The kitchen is the heart of a home but it’s also one of the more costly rooms to renovate. Here are some of my top tips and tricks to update your kitchen on a limited budget.1. Update your Backsplash: If you don’t have a backsplash, this will be easy for you – get one! With so many design trends, if you’re feeling creative you can really have some fun. Available in many colours, sizes, patterns there is something for any style and budget. Prices can start as low as $4 a square foot. *include pics of backsplashes
2. Paint the Cupboards: Changing the colour of your cabinets is one of the best ways to give your kitchen a facelift without a high expense. Thanks to some incredible new products on the market, painting your cupboards can give them an almost-professional finish. BM Cabinet paint is an actual paint that is meant to be highly durable, and perfect for painting kitchen (and bathroom) cabinets. If you want to take it a step further, consider removing some cabinets and replace them with some beautiful open shelving and let your dishes breath.
3. New Hardware: New hardware is a really easy, and fast way to update your kitchen. There are many different types of pulls, handles, knobs, metals and more – have some fun and play around with what works. Don’t forget – if you have exposed hinges, change them out too to match!
4. Paint the Walls: While you’re at the hardware store buying your new door handles, don’t forget to pick up some paint. Talk to your local paint expert or designer to make sure you’re buying a good quality paint meant for a kitchen – don’t forget, kitchen walls can get quite grimy, so it’s important to get a quality paint. A gallon of paint starts around $40 a gallon, which covers about 350-400 square feet. To find out how much paint you need, measure the perimeter of the entire room. Next, measure the height of your wall. Multiply the perimeter measurement by the height of the room. Don’t forget to budget for primer, brushes, rollers, drop sheets and paint trays.
5. Lighting: Without good lighting, the impact of our other new kitchen updates be lost. Getting the lighting right is essential - from undermount lighting, to pot lights to industrial style pendants, new lighting is a great way to pump up the style without breaking the bank. Where to shop? Check out Wayfair and Amazon for amazing lighting styles at a fraction of the price you’d expect!
6. Swap out your Countertop: Although swapping out your countertop for a stone counter may not be financially feasible within $5000.00, there are some great looking laminate countertops that mimic the look of a granite or marble. If your heart is set on a stone counter, go and visit some local manufacturers as they may have some odd and end pieces that could fit your kitchen. Another alternative is to go with a butcher block counter.
7. Accent Pieces: So now you have this beautifully updated kitchen – don’t forget about some of the little appliances or furniture pieces that may need an update. Find some great new stools, new tea towels, coffee maker or window coverings to finalize your great new kitchen.
Have you recently renovated your kitchen, what updates did you do? If you have questions on what update you should do, or have updating ideas yourself, I’d love to hear from you!
Until next time,