Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Budget

Upgrading Your Kitchen on a Budget


It might sound like a daunting task – both financially and mentally – to upgrade your kitchen. But there are many things you can do to make it a welcoming area even if you are on a limited budget.


You don’t have to watch all of the TV shows to get your kitchen design ideas on ways to upgrade your kitchen. Keep it simple and stick to the basics. Many things can be done that will give your entire kitchen a look like it has been completely uprooted and started over – finishing with the look that will have all of your guests marveling at what you have done.


You can do many things to your kitchen in one weekend, so it won’t take up your time. And you will be able to do it within your budget, which is the most important aspect of redoing it.


Here are a few ways to upgrade your kitchen at a relatively low cost:


Give The Walls A Fresh Paint Job

Provided that you don’t already have tile or backsplash on your kitchen walls, this might be the easiest and most inexpensive way to give your kitchen a refreshing look that it desperately needs. This doesn’t have to be a project that gives your kitchen an entirely new look, either. Simply paint over the old color with a new fresh off-white or tan background. Don’t go overboard and try to make it something that it shouldn’t be, because a lot of times it then becomes an eye sore. Give it something plain, but make sure to do the edging and under the cabinets very well so that it gives off a sharp look to everyone.


Add Lighting

No matter what room you are remodeling or re-decorating, adding extra light always is a smart move. You can make it simple by adding a few extra light fixtures to the kitchen, or you could simply change all of the light bulbs to LED to give it a new look. There are so many different fixtures that you can choose from at your local hardware store so do the due diligence and figure out what works best, not only for your budget but also for the interior designer in you. Most can be installed by yourself, but you can also hire an electrician for little cost to come in and install them in no time.            


Paint Your Cabinets

Since the cabinets are the centerpiece of many kitchens, you want to make sure that you have them updated and painted at all times. An easy way to do that is to take a simple color of paint – even the same that they already are – and paint over them. This won’t take long, but the lasting impression will be worth it.


Add Storage Shelves

If you don’t have the cabinets like you may want, then an easy solution for storage is to add shelving throughout. These are inexpensive to buy and very easy to hang. They will add functional space to either put dishes or knickknacks, and they will add a nice touch to any kitchen.


About the Author: Doug Chapman is a staff writer for HomeDaddys, a stay-at-home dad blog. He specializes in diapers and Sippy cups by day, but is a successful real estate investor by night. 


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