5 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates

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A few weeks ago, I told you about how I would be sharing budget tips and decorating advice as an official Apartment Guide Décor Blogger. I kicked off this fun partnership with my 10 Favorite Places To Shop When Decorating On A Budget! Today I’m sharing five budget–friendly kitchen updates. Whether you’re living, looking, or moving, Apartment Guide offers how-to tips for making the most of a space on a budget.


The kitchen is often one of the last places that gets decorating attention even though it is the “hub” of our home. Everyone always wants to hangout in the kitchen! Kitchen updates can be cost prohibitive, but these kitchen update tips are both relatively simple for a DIY-er and easy on the budget!

1. Cut The Clutter

The easiest and most inexpensive kitchen update tip is to get rid of clutter. Piles of mail, magazines, bills, recipes, books and more do nothing but make kitchen countertops look messy and “small.” By clearing out clutter your kitchen will look more spacious and grand. Create an organization station to keep mail, bills, calendars etc organized and neat.

2. Get Organized

Besides organizing clutter, look for places that make you cringe and get them organized too. Kitchen cabinets {especially the plastics cabinet…ahem} tend to get “avalanche syndrome”, if you know what I mean. 🙂 Having an organized spice cabinet and pantry will help you work more efficiently and you will actually enjoy being in the kitchen.

3. Paint, Paint, Paint

Painting the walls in your kitchen with a new fresh color is a relatively easy task, but painting kitchen cabinets is a more time-consuming task. Painting the kitchen cabinets is a simple way to dramatically update the look of your kitchen on a budget…lotsa bang for your bucks!

4. Replace Outdated Hardware & Fixtures

Design a grand plan of the “look” you are going for and then replace outdated hardware and fixture as your budget allows. I love to purchase cabinet hardware from Ebay at a fraction of the cost of home improvement stores.

New sink fixtures and light fixtures are inexpensive “weekend” updates that can pack a fabulous visual punch.

5. Install New Countertops/Backsplash

Obviously, this tip is a bit more complex than the previous tips, but if you save up and do-it-yourself, installing new countertops or a new backsplash is quite doable. My first choice of countertop for clients is a higher-end option like granite or marble, but when it comes to decorating for myself, I’m a “Budget-Betty” and go for Wilsonart or Formica.

Insider Tip: When purchasing laminate countertops, look for a local laminate shop who can manufacture the countertops from a template. I have found that my local shop is a fraction of the cost of the same exact laminate at my home improvement store. Booyah!

Backsplash updates can be as simple as beadboard or as complex as stone or tile. It’s up to you – your talent and your budget – as well as what you love.

Step By Step

Don’t get overwhelmed with this list. Write down your priority list and take baby steps to achieve your vision for your kitchen décor! It doesn’t matter if I love something. If you put it in YOUR house, you need to LOVE it because you’ll be living with it.

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Do you have a budget-friendly kitchen update tip to add?


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  1. I have a horrible time keeping the clutter in my kitchen under control. Even if I didn’t do any of the other things on your list this one step would make my kitchen so much nicer. Finding a solution and creating a dumping ground – I mean, organization station is a top priority for 2012.
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  2. I tell you – if you have a budget to stick with (like I do!) then you can’t beat PAINTING your countertops to look like granite. When I heard about it I thought they were nuts, but I did it (and posted about it) and it looks AMAZING! For $30. Honestly! SO glad I went out on a limb to try it against my better judgment! 🙂

    BTW – are you going to Blissdom? Would love to meet you!
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  3. Cutting the clutter is a great idea for any room in the house. We recently did this in our kitchen and it made a big difference. Be honest with yourself and ask yourself if you are really using some of the things you are keeping that are taking up valuable space.

  4. When planning a budget update of the kitchen, many people forget to take into account the most important details with which it would be worth starting, so as not to make gross mistakes, because you will have to redo everything. Do not forget that before you do the rearrangement, paint the walls and put the equipment, you should take care of electrical remodel, here is an excellent article on this topic. Make improvements in stages, it will save you a lot of money.

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