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10 Ways To Update Your Kitchen On A Budget

Decorating and updating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Make your kitchen stylish and showcase your personality at the same time. You can complete these projects yourself! 

1. Open Shelving

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Embrace the minimalist trend by replacing a few upper cabinets with open shelving. You can easily create your own shelves using inexpensive materials like reclaimed wood, sturdy brackets, and plywood. Displaying colorful dishes and mugs can add a touch of personality to your kitchen.

The open shelving look can also be as simple as removing the doors from your upper cabinets. Viola….open shelving. Paint the shelving and inside wall or wallpaper the back cabinet wall.

2. Peel-and-Stick Backsplash

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Upgrade your kitchen’s look with a peel-and-stick backsplash. Affordable, easy-to-install tiles come in various designs and colors, allowing you to achieve a high-end look without the cost and hassle of traditional tile installation.

3. Painted Cabinets

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Paint your cabinets to give them a fresh look. Choose a color that complements your kitchen’s overall theme. This simple yet effective DIY project can instantly transform your kitchen’s appearance, making it feel new.

4. Thrift Store Finds

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Explore thrift stores or second-hand shops for unique kitchen decor items. Vintage dishes, glassware, and small kitchen appliances can add character to your space at a fraction of the cost of brand-new items.

Wall decor, linens, and curtains are fun ways to update decor, and weekly shopping trips to your local thrift store can yield some great finds.

5. Upcycled Furniture

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Repurpose old furniture to create functional kitchen pieces. An old dresser can become a charming kitchen island, and an unused bookshelf can become a stylish pantry. Get creative with paint and hardware to match your kitchen’s theme.

6. Creative Lighting

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Update your kitchen’s lighting without spending a fortune. Look for affordable pendant lights or chandeliers that match your style. You can also repaint or customize existing light fixtures to give them a fresh look.

7. Window Treatments

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Enhance your kitchen’s natural light with window treatments. Simple curtains or Roman shades can be crafted from affordable fabrics, adding a touch of elegance to your kitchen while maintaining your budget.

8. Herb Garden

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Bring life to your kitchen with a budget-friendly herb garden. Use small pots or mason jars to grow fresh herbs on your windowsill. Not only does it add a natural and aromatic element, but it also provides you with fresh ingredients for your cooking.

9. Stylish Rug

Hand woven trellis wool area rug.
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Define your kitchen space with an inexpensive but stylish rug. Look for machine-washable options for easy maintenance. A rug can add warmth and personality to your kitchen without paying for expensive floor renovations.

10. Vinyl Floor Decals

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If your kitchen floor needs a revamp but you’re on a budget, consider vinyl floor decals. These peel-and-stick decals come in various patterns and styles, allowing you to update your floor without the commitment and cost of traditional flooring options.

Take one or all of these ideas and update your kitchen.

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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