Low-Cost Kitchen Upgrades


Upgrading your kitchen doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. It is also the one place you will get the most bang for your buck and return on investment when it’s time to sell your home. Below are a lot of different ideas on how to upgrade your kitchen on a budget.

Cabinet Ideas

Cabinets are a low-cost transformation for your kitchen. Try out these ideas:

  • Reinvent dark wood or white cabinets by painting them a unique color. Try beige, red or pale green to completely makeover your kitchen on the cheap.
  • Paint drawer fronts or partial overlay doors a different shade than the cabinet boxes around them. This gives your home cottage charm and an affordable splash of color.
  • Install a pull-out kitchen shelf in the cabinets to allow for easy access.

Lighting Ideas

The way a space is lit can change the entire feel of it. Test out these lighting options:

  • If you have a kitchen island place pendant lights above it for a classy look (and they are inexpensive).
  • Wall sconces will add just enough light and a touch of class to entryways into your kitchen.
  • Undercabinet lighting are easily hidden fixtures that are good for when cooking from a recipe book, reading recipes or cutting up veggies.

Flooring Ideas

An easy way to give your kitchen a facelift is by changing the flooring. Here are some unique flooring ideas:

  • Many people shy away from linoleum, but it’s easy to clean and comes in a variety of shades. Add a pop of color to your kitchen by choosing the vibrant red option.
  • Stone is another great alternative to upgrade kitchen flooring. For just $3 a foot have an inexpensive, easy to clean and outdoorsy floor.
  • Paint a checkered floor to save money and add personality to the kitchen.

Upgrade Your Countertops

Updating your kitchen countertops doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are low-cost upgrades to use:

  • Help your island become the focal point of the kitchen by painting it an accent color. It will help balance out the color of the walls and cabinets.
  • Instead of a granite countertop on your island install butcher block. It gives the island a contemporary look while doubling as a pre-installed cutting board.
  • Did you ever consider using concrete for your countertops? For as little as $10 per foot you can have yourself new and easy to clean concrete counters.
  • A soapstone countertop can be an easy DIY project for less than $25 per square foot.

Bonus Ideas:

  • Make a pot rack to hold your pots and pans if you are short on cabinet space.
  • Install a pull-down faucet to make rinsing and cleaning dishes easier.

Kitchen upgrades can be stylish and still affordable. Start with one project then move on to the next to see your entire kitchen transform into everything you want. What are your favorite kitchen upgrades you got a great bargain on?