Refresh Your Kitchen While Preserving Your Budget: 10 Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen on a Budget

Saturday, May 9, 2015

In anticipation of the RCPC Kitchen Tour coming this September, let's explore ways to revitalize your kitchen on a budget. One of the great benefits of the Kitchen Tour is all of the fantastic ideas you can borrow from other people's projects. A high-end kitchen remodel might be out of your reach or your desire, but the Kitchen Tour provides an abundance of ideas you can incorporate into a budget kitchen design.

Paint: Whether walls or cabinets, a fresh coat of paint can change the character of your kitchen. If your cupboards are dated, try a bold color that stands out over the design of the cabinets.

Cabinets: Consider refacing or refinishing your cabinets. Remove upper cabinet doors to open up a small, claustrophobic kitchen. Open shelving looks great, but remember: the dishes are now in the open. Keep all dishes of one type on your open shelving for a cleaner look.

Countertops: New countertops can be expensive depending on materials you choose. If you are flexible and work directly with a fabricator, you may be able to find remnants or discounted materials. New countertops out of your budget? Use a large bamboo cutting board to draw attention away from the countertops.

Sink and Faucet: If you choose to replace countertops, consider replacing your sink and faucet, too. The fabricator can cut the material to fit your new choices.

Hardware: Changing hardware can change the feel of your kitchen and is relatively inexpensive.

Lighting: Forgo recessed lighting and simply replace existing fixtures with something more pleasing.

Appliances: Look for sales or stores that carry appliances with minor scratches or dings for discounts.

De-Clutter: We all fill our kitchens with gadgets and countertop appliances. Decluttering, organizing and paring down to necessities can create a calm space where everything is within reach.

Plants: A bit of nature can balance hard surfaces in a kitchen and offset the gadgets.

Accessories: Mixing objects from your travels, artwork, and vintage furniture with modern conveniences can bring warmth and character to your kitchen and personalize the space.