How to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget {part 1}

by Beth HunterFebruary 9, 2012

A kitchen remodel is often the number one upgrade to your home that will offer the greatest return. However, many of us are stuck with outdated cabinets, ugly countertops, and very limited budgets. What are we to do? Well, in this series we will explore some simple solutions to updating your kitchen with a lot of creativity and not a lot of money!

Today we’ll focus on how you can update your kitchen cabinets without replacing them! Just look at the before and after of this kitchen by How Does She:

kitchen before and after

Now many of us would be perfectly happy with the “before” model, but look at the difference some white paint (and a new backsplash) make to the overall feel of this kitchen!

After:

kitchen before after

And here is another example of the power of paint by The Handmade Home. Ashley’s kitchen was fairly new when they moved in, but it just didn’t feel like home. In order to make the place her own, Ashley and her husband painted all of the cabinets white and covered the backsplash with beadboard to create a much lighter and brighter after!

kitchen before after

Kitchen After:

kitchen after

But what if you are renting and unable to paint your cabinets? Wherever there is a will there is a way! Erin from the blog Rare and Beautiful Treasures moved into a rental with a very outdated kitchen. Here is what it looked like before:

kitchen before afterUsing $10 worth of removable, white contact paper from Target, Erin “slipcovered” her kitchen cabinets to create this gorgeous after! Amazing!

kitchen before after

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It should be a place that you love to entertain with friends and family. No matter how small your budget, you can have a beautiful kitchen that reflects your style and personality! Stay tuned as I share more tips in upcoming weeks on how to update your kitchen for less.

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