These affordable kitchen makeover ideas will show you how to completely transform your kitchen without spending thousands of dollars! Use these ideas to give your kitchen a fresh, updated style on a tight budget!
We recently worked on a kitchen project for some clients and as I was doing the final clean-up and taking pictures of the finished space it got me thinking…
Kitchen makeovers are a lot of work. I mean, typically, 75% of the cost to our clients in kitchen makeover projects, is labor.
BUT, if you’re willing to put in the time and hard work, a DIY kitchen makeover is SO WORTH IT. With a DIY kitchen makeover, you can completely change the look of your kitchen on an extremely small budget!
So, today I’m giving you my favorite ways to update a kitchen when doing a DIY kitchen makeover. I’m hoping these ideas will help guide you through your kitchen makeover and get you a fresh, updated kitchen for super low cost!
DIY Kitchen Makeover Ideas
to Transform your Kitchen on a Budget
1. Paint your cabinets.
I can’t say this enough – the easiest way to update and modernize your kitchen is to paint the cabinets. While this is the most time intensive suggestion I’ll be giving you, it’s also the most impactful!
Also note, while we typically see people wanting to change their cabinetry from stained wood to bright white – that’s not the only option! Our cabinets were actually pink when we bought our house, and we chose to paint them white on the uppers and grey on the lowers for the main cabinetry and white for the island.
Any new color will change the look of your kitchen and give it a fresh, updated style!
When we paint cabinets, our process involves deep cleaning, lightly sanding, priming and painting (2-3 coats.) I’m in the process of writing a DIY tutorial for this, so stay tuned! 🙂
ESTIMATED COST: $150
2. Install floating shelves.
I am a HUGE fan of open shelving in a kitchen. Nicely displayed dishes dramatically increase the style of a kitchen and I love that guest never have to ask where something is! 😉
One type of open shelves that are really popular are floating shelves (meaning they don’t have any support brackets or corbels holding them up.) If your kitchen allows for them, I’d highly recommend installing floating shelves! The ones we installed for our clients are from IKEA. We simply used a chop saw to trim them down to size and put the cut end of the shelf against the cabinetry.
ESTIMATED COST: $120
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3. Create a desk.
One of the easiest ways for a kitchen to get cluttered and messy is by having a “drop zone” where everyone sets their stuff when they come into the room.
To help eliminate this issue, remove one of your base cabinets in a corner section of your kitchen and designate that space as the kitchen desk! From there, organize the space like an office – hang file folders for paper, outfit one of the cabinets beside the desk to include pens, paper, books, etc.
The one thing you’ll have to think about when removing a base cabinet is whether there is flooring underneath the existing cabinetry. You may end up needing to patch the flooring and add floor trim around the new desk opening.
- Base Trim
ESTIMATED COST: $50
4. Update your hardware.
In addition to painting your cabinets, another high-impact update that’s extremely easy is updating your hardware. If you don’t want to spend the money to buy all new knobs and pulls, simply give them a coat of spray paint! Changing the hardware from nickel to black or oil-rubbed bronze to gold can drastically change the look of your kitchen.
ESTIMATED COST: $150
5. Add high-contrast seating.
A fun way to add some bold style to your kitchen makeover is by furnishing the island, peninsula or bar with high-contrast stools or chairs. If you have light and bright cabinetry, try dark stools. Dark cabinetry? Try white or brushed nickel! Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, try a bold color like yellow or pink!
The contrasting color of the stool will make the seating stand out and keep the eye from noticing the boring, large expanse of cabinet backs underneath the seating area.
ESTIMATED COST: $100
Now, let’s review the total cost of a DIY kitchen makeover that includes all five of these easy and affordable updates.
Kitchen Makeover Ideas on a Budget
- Paint your cabinets $150
- Install open shelving $120
- Remove a base cabinet to create a desk $50
- Change out your hardware $150
- Add high-contrast stools $150
Total Cost = $620!
That means you could take your kitchen from this:
for less than $650!!
I hope this post helps you realize that just because you don’t have multiple thousands of dollars to spend on your kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful, fully updated kitchen. Maybe you start small and do just one of these. Then, as you save up, do another. It won’t take long before your kitchen is the first thing people notice and compliment you on when they come into your home. 🙂
Now, go and get some paint, cause your cabinets want to be painted! 😉