8 Tips For Updating Your Kitchen On A Budget

5 Tips For Updating Your Kitchen On A Budget

Whether you like to cook or not, you probably spend more time in the kitchen each day than in any other room in your house. Depending on how you feel about your kitchen, spending so much of your day there might prove a bit depressing. Maybe it’s been a while since you last updated the room. Maybe all that olive green Formica and robin’s egg blue linoleum takes you back to 1982 more often that you would like. Maybe the dated cabinets and the ancient appliances make you dread even stepping foot in there.

8 Tips For Updating Your Kitchen On A Budget

We feel your pain. We also understand how expensive renovating or updating a kitchen can be. So much so, that such costs can make updating seem like little more than a pipe dream. However, we’re here to tell you not to lose hope. There are many ways you can spruce up your kitchen without breaking the bank and increase the value of your home.

If that sounds interesting to you, read on for our budget tips for updating your kitchen:

1. Paint your cabinets. New cabinets aren’t cheap. But guess what? Paint is, comparatively speaking. Find a color you like that will complement a color in your kitchen you can’t afford to change (like appliances or flooring). You’ll be amazed at how painting your cabinets alone will change the entire mood in your kitchen.

2. Paint an accent wall. Like painting your cabinets, this one’s pretty cheap as far as updates go, and it will breathe new life into that stale space. You’ll have to find a shade that works with the existing color palate, and as a general rule, you’ll want to go with something darker than the rest of the room.

3. Pendant lights. Cheap, easy, and often striking, a pendant light can be just that little pop of newness your kitchen needs. Coming in an almost infinite array of styles and colors, the sky’s the limit. Get something neutral or find something truly bold and eccentric. Or get several and change the pendant up as the mood strikes you.

4. Change out pulls and handles. Like pendant lights, pulls and handles come in a wide range of styles and colors, and they’re affordable to boot. Go sleek and modern, shabby chic, or colorful farmhouse. Whatever style you want to accentuate in your kitchen, you can find it in pulls and handles.

5. Rugs and drapes. An accent rug on the floor, drapes hanging on the windows: these offer more opportunities to bring new colors and patterns into your kitchen. Find something fresh that works with your existing colors and see what a difference it makes.

6. Small appliances. Toasters, blenders, mixers, coffeepots, etc.: these minor appliances can serve as accents to provide your kitchen with a new look. They often come in a variety of colors and styles, and by strategically placing on your counter space (like you might with other decorations), you can bring an exciting new look to your kitchen.

7. Backsplash. Many dated kitchens don’t have a backsplash, and if they do, they’re just as out of sync with the times as the rest of the kitchen. A new backsplash with an updated look, whether a solid color of multi-sized tiles or something with a colorful pattern, can be the new accent your kitchen needs.

8. Modern accoutrements. A modern look is especially in right now, and there’s many ways to use modern products specifically for the kitchen to complement the preexisting look of your kitchen. Doing so will help bring your outdated kitchen in the present without having to do a major overhaul and break the bank.

There you have it. There are literally dozens of ways you can update your kitchen on a budget. We have given eight of our favorites here, and we wish you the best of luck as you update your kitchen on budget. With a little time and effort, we know it will turn out marvelous!

About Jay Crawford

Jay enjoys cooking, music {his favorite artists are KISS, Def Leppard, the Eagles and a lot of the newer country music}, and sports {Carolina Panthers, Tarheels and the Appalachian State Mountaineers}. He also enjoys grilling out and cruising around with the radio up and the windows down.


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    It’s amazing what a difference simple changes can make. I love all of these tips.

  2. Painting cabinets is one of the easiest way to give your kitchen a new look, especially if you do it right. We painted our cabinets and we loved it.

  3. These are such great ideas! All of these done together is still so much less of a hassle than a full on remodel. I love it!

  4. We updated our kitchen not too too long ago. It took some effort to do on a budget but it was worth it.

  5. I’m in the process of reorganizing my kitchen so this is helpful. I’d love a more modern look and I think it’s doable with all my counter space.

  6. Catherine S says:

    These are really great tips. Our next project will be updating our kitchen.

  7. I so need to re-decorate (all the rooms actually), thanks for the kitchen ideas sometimes I find it hard to figure out what to do there aside from changing the curtains! LOL 🙂

  8. Some great suggestions. I was just thinking of what we could with our kitchen… love your budget friendly ideas.

  9. These are great tips. We want to update our kitchen but are on a tight budget so these solutions are great!

  10. Our kitchen is pretty timeless (or at least I think so). But it’s great to be able to swap out things to make it continually feel fresh.

  11. I have been swapping out things for more vintage-inspired things. I think I’m going back in time! But I love making my kitchen, where I spend a large chunk of my time, feel like a place I want to be.

  12. Great tips. Our new kitchen (we just moved) is super small but I plan to do what I can to make it look great even for such a small space!

  13. I never thought of painting my cabinets. What a fantastic (and cheap) way to update your space. I’m soooo doing that!

  14. I changed out some lighting in my kitchen for a BIG difference! These are great updating tips

  15. we need new stools to change the look in our kitchen. I’m afraid of painting cabinets though, too much committment.

  16. Changing the back splash can be a great way to update your kitchen. I just did mine with tile. Adding a rug is a great idea to.

  17. Debbie Denny says:

    I am thinking about doing mine. I will keep these tips in mind.

  18. My old kitchen could use a makeover. I think new backslash could be the way to go.

  19. These are great tips! I need to update my kitchen too! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Wow thanks for the great content! I will take note of these for this upcoming Mothers day