Kitchen Makeover Ideas on a Budget
A kitchen can be costly to redecorate, especially if there are lots that you are looking to change. If you are looking for kitchen makeover ideas on a tighter budget, there are a number of options available. We have compiled this guide to show you how to update your kitchen for less – all the ideas below are suitable for varying budgets and will take different amounts of time to achieve.
Get a Handle on it
Changing your kitchen cabinet handles can have an unexpectedly big impact on the look of a kitchen. A low cost option, swapping your door knobs, handles or pulls to a different colour or style is a fantastic way to update the look of your kitchen – and it is incredibly easy to do. Simply unscrew your existing handles from your cabinets and replace them with the new ones you have selected. If you have opted for a different style or size that requires slightly different positioning, you may need to fill in screw holes with wood filler and sand and paint to match the finish of your cabinets. If you would like more information on fixing handles to cabinets, please read our guide on choosing and installing kitchen cabinet handles.
Selecting a different colour is one of the quickest and easiest kitchen makeover ideas, and there are a few different ways to make the change. We have written before about painting wooden cabinets, and replacing your kitchen cabinet doors with a solid wood option in a different shade is a cost effective way to achieve the same end result with much less effort and mess involved. Kitchens will often have relatively little wall space on display, so repainting this in a different shade can be a fantastic option for those on a smaller budget. If you choose to change the colours in your kitchen, make sure you consider the tiles or splashbacks you have in place. Swapping these for a more suitable hue can be done, but will add costs to your project and also additional time – of course, changing tiles or splashbacks can be a great way to quickly alter the look of a kitchen and can be done for a small cost too.
Let There be Light
Lighting is an important aspect of any room, but for kitchens, it can be particularly important as wall cabinets can block light to base units or dining space. Designing your kitchen around any natural light sources is great, but if you are trying to work with a layout that you did not choose, there are a number of ways a lack of light can be remedied. Adding light to a kitchen sounds like it might be a costly option, but there are different options available to suit all budgets. Under cabinet lights can be purchased in a selection of different styles, and low-cost plug-in options exist, which is perfect if the expense of hiring an electrician is too much. Changing a bulb and taking the colour temperature into account is a fantastic kitchen makeover idea, as this can completely change the atmosphere of a room. A new shade can have a similar impact, especially when selected to complement new handles or a different colour scheme.