How To: An Affordable Kitchen Upgrade

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen every day. If this space is run down and out of date, it can make preparing meals feel more like a chore then it needs to be. After all, who wants to spend time in a room that doesn’t make you feel inspired? The good news is, there is no need to wait (or pay) for a full kitchen renovation to make the space feel fresh!

Here are a few tips on how to upgrade your kitchen without breaking the bank.

Paint the cabinets. A fresh coat of paint can make even the worst looking cabinets feel like a whole new set! Consider switching to a bright white paint to give your cabinets a new jolt of energy, or a slightly muted pop of colour for something with a little more personality. If the style of your cabinet doors is too far gone (and a lick of paint won’t do the trick), consider purchasing second-hand cabinet doors to replace those for less than replacing the entire cabinet.

Replace the handles. Now that your cabinets have a new coat of paint, the next step is to replace the hardware to something a little more modern. Switching the cabinet door handles is not only affordable but it instantly gives your cabinets a new look.

Island? Consider new bar stools. Adding a new-to-you set of bar stools to your island or high bar countertops will instantly make the space more inviting. Additionally, this adds more seating options for guests which makes the kitchen feel a bit more like a room to socialize in, not just a room to prepare food in.

Switch up the lights. Adding statement lighting to your kitchen not only changes the look of your kitchen but it changes the feel, adds warmth and personality, and can add useful lighting where you need it most (like over the sink or an area you commonly prepare food for cooking). Additionally, adding a few hanging pendant lights above your island or bar creates a more welcoming eating and socializing space.

Add some art. Art is a perfect way to add some more personality to your new kitchen, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot! Consider looking for some art prints, rather than original pieces.

Grab a rug. A narrow statement rug is another great way to add some more colour and personality to your kitchen. Additionally, a rug can add warmth and some extra cushion for your feet.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find the best kitchen renovation options close to home.

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