Tips for an Easy Kitchen Makeover

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to drain your bank account. With a little time and ingenuity, you can change the entire look of your kitchen without spending a lot of money. Here are some cost-saving tips to get you started:

Paint Refresher

A fresh coat of paint is one of the best—and cheapest—ways to completely change the look of your kitchen. Muted tones work best as a backdrop, and you can add flourishes of color with accent walls, shelving, and accessories. That way, if you want a new look in the future, you’ll just have to paint a small area instead of the whole room!


Fabric is an oft-overlooked addition that can drastically change the look of a kitchen. Most fabric stores have a clearance table, and you might be surprised at what you find!

Here’s a secret: you can use sheets as curtains! Find some colorful or patterned sheets at a thrift store, and with a little cutting and sewing, you’ll have curtains that’ll give your kitchen new life.


Replacing knobs, pulls, and hinges is an inexpensive way to give your kitchen a more modern, stylish look. When updating your hardware, make sure the fittings and screws match the dimensions of the existing fixtures.


If replacing the countertops is too expensive, you can add a backsplash to give dimension and add a touch of sophistication.

Some great options include:

  • Laminates
  • Glass Tile
  • Metal Ceiling Squares

Rope Lighting

The kickplate can complete your kitchen makeover.

Run rope lights along the base of your cabinets to create an elegant mood for dinner parties.  Bonus: you can use them as nightlights! That way you won’t stub your toe when you go to the kitchen at night for a glass of water or midnight snack.