10 Ways to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget

From kitchen cabinets to backsplashes, there are plenty of ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget. Get inspired to start with simple upgrades like cabinet refacing or a paint refresh and your kitchen will look brand new before you know it!

Transform Your Kitchen for Less

From cabinet refacing to kitchen sinks, we have everything you need to completely transform your kitchen for less. Get started on your kitchen renovation today by shopping online or visiting a Kitchen Specialist in-store. 

1. Refresh Your Kitchen Cupboards with Cabinet Refacing

Instead of replacing the entire kitchen cabinet, a great alternative is cabinet refacing. This process will give the door front a completely different look and will save you tons of money in the process. 

The hardware, hinges, and drawer pulls are also changed during a cabinet refacing. Installation can take as little as two days, so the results will be almost instant!

Learn more about our cabinet refacing installation services.

2. Install New Cabinet Hardware for a Fresh New Look

Speaking of hardware upgrades: if you like the look of your kitchen cabinets you can always change the drawer pulls and cabinet door knobs for a quick, and affordable, cabinet update. 

When it comes to type of finish, the options are endless. You can match your dark cabinets to a polished chrome, while black matte drawer pulls look great against white coloured cabinets. 

Savings Tip: Look for alloy cabinet knobs to get the best price! 


3. Upgrade Your Faucet to On Trend Fashion Plumbing

Let's face it, the faucet is probably the most used item in the kitchen. This means a simple upgrade to fashion plumbing can make a big impact when it comes to the look of your kitchen. 

From single handle to pull down to dual spray, there are tons of options for you to choose from. Depending on which style you prefer, you can also choose a low-flow faucet that will reduce the amount of water flow, saving you money for the long term. 

For a modern kitchen, try a polished chrome finish, while a bronze finish lends itself to a more vintage kitchen.


4. Swap Out Your Small Appliances for the Newest Models

While large appliances (like stoves, fridges, and range hoods) can be pricey, replacing your small appliances offer a budget-friendly way to upgrade your favourite kitchen gadgets. 

Toasters and hand-mixers usually sit on the countertop, so it is best to look for a model that has a pop of colour. Small appliances come in all sorts of colours, so there is bound to be one that matches your kitchen's style! 

Don't forget about your coffeemaker! Get your caffeine hit every morning with a coffee press, these are usually more affordable than programmable machines or single-serve units.


5. DIY a Backsplash with Peel & Stick Tile

Attention renters! If you want to protect your kitchen walls in a cost-effective way, peel and stick backsplashes are the way to go. 

Super easy to install (and uninstall), there is no need to pull out the putty knife, all you have to do is peel off the backing and stick the tiles to your wall. For a modern kitchen try on trend subway tiles, while a more country-style kitchen can go for a natural stone mosaic.


6. Brighten Up Your Breakfast Nook

A quick switch in lighting can change the atmosphere of any room, especially your kitchen! 

For ambient lighting, you'll want to go for flush mount light fixtures, because they're so close to the ceiling they will spread the light more evenly across the whole room. 

If you want an upscale look for low-cost, under cabinet lighting will do the trick! Rechargeable LED under the cabinet lights are an affordable addition and can easily be installed with 3M command strips. Affordable and easy, what more can you ask for?


7. Give a Unique Look to your Cabinets with Crown Moulding

Add a strip of crown moulding to the top of your cabinets. It gives a custom look to stock cabinets without the cost! Try to match the stain or colour of cabinets or have fun and go for a creative look that shows your style.


8. Expand Your Kitchen Storage Without a Contractor

Need more space but want to save money? There are simple and affordable, ways to accomplish this goal. Add a stacking shelf to double your space and items all the counter. 

One of the most underutilized areas is the inside of the cabinet door. Simply install wall hooks or 3M Command hooks and you have a spot to hang your oven mitts. strainer. and measuring cups. You can also add hooks to your backsplash or under your cabinets to hang cups, utensils, and pots. 

Cost-effective and mobile. kitchen carts can give you more storage while adding a unique element to the space. They are a great place to put baking supplies or cookbooks.


9. Choose White Bright Walls That Never Go Out of Style

A simple coat of paint can change the entire look of your kitchen. When it comes to colour think bright white. It is a great option when it comes to being frugal. It never goes out of style, so you won't need to update it every couple of years. Plus. it is more reflective than a solid colour, adding more light to your gorgeous kitchen.


10. Refresh Your Table & Chairs with a Coat of Paint

The kitchen table is the hub of the house, it's where you eat your meals, where the kids do their homework. and where you come together as a family. A simple re-stain or coat of paint will transform your table and chairs for less. 

Make your kitchen furniture your own by painting it your favourite colour or even staining it to match your kitchen cabinets. 

Tip: Get your kids involved and have them add a personal touch to their kitchen chair.


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