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10 Inexpensive Updates for Your Kitchen

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen — breakfast, lunch, dinner, supervising numerous snacks — so it doesn’t take long for the look to get stale.

Unfortunately, everything in there is just so big that I’m kinda stuck with it. We don’t have much wall space to simply update decor. And, we won’t be updating appliances until they completely die on us.

That’s why I was so thrilled to see this $700 kitchen remodel. It’s still out of my budget, but it did give me a few ideas.

“For a cheap renovation, look for ways you can utilize what’s already in your kitchen, and pick projects you can delve into yourself without paying a contractor,” says Katy Carter. My head has been swimming with ideas ever since.

Check out these small changes that could make a big difference:

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  • Appliance Art 1 of 10
    Appliance Art
    Can't afford all new, stainless steel appliances — how about a magnet? With Appliance Art, you can change the look of your kitchen appliances with the switch of a magnet. From faux stainless steel to solid colors to artistic designs, you can update your appliances at a fraction of the cost.
    Get it here
  • Chalkboard Paint 2 of 10
    Chalkboard Paint
    With chalkboard paint, you can update your walls, cabinets, and even your refrigerator. And, if you're not looking for a writing surface, you can still change out the color of your fridge with appliance enamel.
    Photo and more chalkboard ideas via WTFrills
  • New Hardware 3 of 10
    New Hardware
    Our cabinets don't actually have hardware, but with this fun idea, I'm thinking about changing that! A quick update of the hardware is a simple, inexpensive way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets.
    Photo and more info via Signed by Tina
  • Tile Backsplash 4 of 10
    Tile Backsplash
    We unearthed some tiles, previously intended for an abandoned project, and I'm considering giving them new life as a backsplash in the kitchen. This DIY project wouldn't be expensive for a small area, but really gives the room a new look.
    Photo and tutorial via Thrifty Decor Chick
  • DIY Floor 5 of 10
    DIY Floor
    We updated our kitchen from the crappy, builder-installed floor several years ago. The peel and stick tile project was fairly simple and low cost. But this is inspired! Just glue down the pennies, then seal the floor.
    Photo and tutorial via Happy Roost
  • IKEA Counter 6 of 10
    IKEA Counter
    This is Katy's project that really inspired me. We don't have the room for it in our kitchen, but the idea of a $200 counter from IKEA got my wheels turning. Now I can't stop searching IKEA Hackers for other ideas.
    Read more at Katy She Cooks
  • Paint Cabinets 7 of 10
    Paint Cabinets
    A can of paint is much cheaper than replacing your cabinets! This small update can change the whole look of your kitchen. Whitewash your wood cabinets or give your kitchen a lift with a splash of color.
    Photo and tutorial via Centsational Girl
  • Cookware Pegboard 8 of 10
    Cookware Pegboard
    I absolutely love this Julia Child-inspired pegboard, and Katy says it costs less than $20! Once again, I don't have the wall space for something like this, but I'm considering a small pegboard for other kitchen tools instead.
    Read more at Katy She Cooks
  • Upholster Chairs 9 of 10
    Upholster Chairs
    We used to have a breakfast nook, and I changed the fabric on the benches regularly. It's a super frugal update that adds some color to your kitchen.
    Photo and tutorial via Craftaholics Anonymous
  • Vinyl Word Art 10 of 10
    Vinyl Word Art
    I love words. And I love having just the right ones in our home. Update your canisters, add art to your walls, or decorate your cabinets with this DIY project. These simple labels were created with a Silhouette, and I just bought some vinyl to make my own on the Cricut.
    Photo and tutorial via A Bowl Full of Lemons

See Katy’s full kitchen renovation in her 4-part series:
Part 1: The Julia Child Pegboard Pot Rack
Part 2: The Window and Shelves
Part 3: The Countertop and Backsplash
Part 4: The Wrap-Up

Follow Heather on Twitter, Pinterest, and her blogs.

More on from Heather:
10 Creative Ways to Use Free Custom Printables
Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

 

 

More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
How to Redecorate: 8 Great Repurposing Ideas
Inexpensive Word Art: Simple Stencil Video Review

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