How to Upgrade your Kitchen on a Budget

There’s something therapeutic about having a good kitchen setup. As one of the most frequented rooms in your home, it helps set the mood when your kitchen looks so clean and pleasing to the eye that it almost makes you want to host a cooking show in there.

To get those results, you don’t need to shell out tons of cash for a full remodeling. Basic adjustments can be done to transform your kitchen without having to burn a lot of cash.

Declutter Your Kitchen

You need to have a clear view of what you’re working with to see what changes will best fit the space you have. So to properly assess what image you’d like to have for your revamped kitchen, toss out any of these unnecessary items:

  1. Anything expired – be it canned goods, condiments, produce, or cooking ingredients.
  2. Broken cutlery
  3. Unused kitchen tools
  4. Overused sponges
  5. Empty plastic bottles
  6. Spoiled leftovers
  7. Rusty cookware

Utilize Kitchen Cabinets

If you don’t already have cabinets set up, consider investing in ready-to-assemble, inexpensive kitchen cabinets and drawers. Aside from them being low cost, they can also be easily maintained and look pretty neat when positioned well.

You can also browse for secondhand items like these on Facebook – what with the rise of its Marketplace feature, and several groups near your area that have a buy and sell purpose, you can get a pretty good steal with proper negotiation. 

Just make sure to inspect the seller thoroughly before proceeding with any arrangements to avoid any fake transactions. 

Wallpapers for Design

Fake a woody or tile texture with wallpapers around your kitchen area. Tons of inexpensive options can be found in your local hardware store and can be cut to fit your cabinets, walls, or even countertops.

Add Plants

Be it hanging plants or small, low-maintenance plants that thrive indoors, these little guys serve as both a decoration and means to improve air circulation.


Fill a basket or jar with a variety of fruits and you have a simple but useful focal point for your dining table.

Stick to One Look for Your Cutlery and Dishes

If you want an aesthetic look for your kitchen, some things must go. Select the theme you’re going for – if it’s a golden look, porcelain, modern and sleek style, Japanese-themed, etc. Anything outside that range can be hidden in your storage or donated.

Hide your trash can in a wicker hamper

Trash cans can be an eyesore, as if its contents weren’t bad enough. Luckily, wicker hampers offer a clean and rustic vibe that can match almost any ambiance. Lots of these tools can be found in online shops or for sale at a hardware store. So keep an eye out for those. Now, all these may be more hands-on and time-consuming than just paying a few people to do the work for you, but seeing the results will make it all worthwhile.

After all, DIY never goes out of style.

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