Based on 2022 national averages, for a typical medium-sized space, a full kitchen remodel will range from $12,500 to $33,000 and up, depending on finishes! If your kitchen is looking outdated but you don’t have that kind of cash to sink into a renovation project, what can you do? Here are 6 upgrades that will cost a lot less than a full-fledged renovation project, but can still give your kitchen a whole new look!
A fresh paint job is one of the best ways to radically improve the appearance of your kitchen. A bright and beautiful color or a subtle neutral shade on your walls can do wonders to liven up the room.
Another great place to consider a fresh paint job is on your cabinets. If you’re tired of the outdated design of your cabinets and you can’t afford to replace them, you’ll be amazed at how much a bright white coat of paint will modernize them!
2. Decorative Hardware
Another good way to hide dated design in your kitchen is to change out hardware such as knobs, pulls, and latches. These small pieces of hardware are things you interact with every single day, so updating them can make a bigger difference than you might expect!
3. New Faucet
The benefits of a new faucet are similar to replacing your decorative hardware, but replacing an outdated faucet has the added benefit of giving you the option to choose something more efficient, such as low flow or adjustable faucets.
4. Extra Storage Options
This is a functional consideration, but if you do it right, it can add great aesthetic appeal to your kitchen as well! Keep your counters clear and your cabinets organized by adding creative storage options like hanging hooks, racks, rails, open shelves, on-door storage, and cabinet and drawer organizers.
No matter what modern styles and tasteful colors you add to your kitchen, it will never look inviting and appealing if it’s too dim. Replace outdated pendant lighting or overhead fixtures with more modern recessed options and/or LED lighting.
Another addition that can make a huge difference both in the looks and everyday use of your kitchen is adding LED lighting beneath your cabinets and shelves.
6. Add/Replace Backsplash
Adding or replacing a backsplash is a great way to personalize the look of your kitchen. Use tiles, caulk, and grout to create any look you want! You can also consider tin tile, which is easy to clean and comes in a variety of finishes.
These six cost-effective projects are a great way to spruce up your kitchen without doing a huge renovation. Creativity and putting your budget toward small yet effective improvements is a smart way to keep your home looking fresh and modern!