You know that your kitchen has been looking a little…underwhelming lately.
However, you can’t imagine taking everything out of your cabinets, tearing up your kitchen floor, and eating microwaved meals for two months while your kitchen undergoes a complete remodel.
Look for small, affordable kitchen refresh ideas that won’t drain your wallet and make you question your sanity.
Read on to understand how to update a kitchen, and get ready to impress everyone at your next dinner party.
Upgrade Your Lighting
First up on our list of how to update a kitchen without blowing your budget?
Take a hard look at your lighting, and consider ways you can improve it.
How can you feature natural light more prominently in your kitchen? Maybe it’s time to take down those raggedy curtains or remove the shutters on the window above your kitchen sink. In addition to letting you see exactly what your neighbors are up to while you do dishes, natural light seriously boosts your mood.
Think about installing rope lighting underneath your cabinets to put your countertops in a better light — and to better see what you’re cooking.
Why not upgrade to a chandelier above your dining table? For a truly budget-friendly fix, simply switch plain lightbulbs out for colorful ones.
Install a New Backsplash
Your backsplash is a bit like an accent wall for your kitchen.
When your old backsplash is outdated, dirty or just too plain for your preference, upgrade it to an elegant patterned tile. You can play around with tile shape, design, and even look into hand painted tiles.
To make your new backsplash shine even more, consider upgrading your faucet fixture and sink handles.
This guide makes it easy to find the right faucet for your budget, lifestyle, and decor preferences. It also includes tips on how to upgrade your kitchen sink for those interested in a more complete makeover.
Rethink Your Cabinets
Updating your kitchen can sometimes be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint in a cheerful new shade to your kitchen cabinets.
You should also switch out the knobs to new fixtures, and even consider lining them with a beautiful patterned paper.
Want to learn more about how to take your cabinets to the next level?
If your cabinets are in especially bad shape, now may be the time to replace them completely. It’s still much more affordable — and less of a lifestyle intrusion — option than completely redoing your kitchen.
How to Update a Kitchen: Wrapping Up
We hope this post has helped you to realize that learning how to update a kitchen doesn’t have to be a huge project and a serious financial burden.
Instead, it’s all about making small, easy changes that make your kitchen look fresh and modern.