The Best Kitchen Updates for Your Budget

 In home renovations

I recently came across an article from HGTV that featured some very useful and thrifty kitchen update ideas that I want to share with you.

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As I’ve said numerous times, kitchens, baths, flooring, and paint are the four areas where you get the biggest bang for your home improvement dollars. With that in mind, I recently ran across an article from HGTV that has some great ideas about how to save money and make a big impact in your kitchen.

You can read the entire article here. In the meantime, I want to share some of favorite picks from this article and sort them by price range:

Under $50:

  • Paint your cabinets. This can dramatically affect your kitchen’s value. Paint is a tremendous cure for dull, dated, or otherwise not-so-hot cabinets. However, as with any home improvement project, make sure you talk to a professional wherever it is you buy your paint, not only to ensure that you buy the right type, but also to understand the application process for your specific needs.
  • Add the appropriate color to an accent wall or two. This can warm up any area, but kitchens are where people tend to congregate during family events and parties.

Under $100:

  • Hang some open shelving. This can open up and maximize almost any area. Pay attention to the materials you use and whether they’re appropriate for the rest of the decor. Once the shelving is up, keep it organized and clean.
  • Add a balance over a window or a piece of art as a focal point.


Kitchens are where people congregate, so these upgrades are important.


  • Update your hardware. This is my favorite pick. While chrome, nickel, and stainless will likely never go out of style, shining brass and ceramic are out of style. It’s easy to update and stay neutral with the first three suggestions, but if you’re feeling bold, add a brushed brass or bronze to your cabinets to give it a “wow” factor. However, make sure that whatever color you add is appropriate with the rest of your fixtures.
  • Add a bar or a moveable island. Both of these add an element of additional storage and pizzazz.


  • Add a backsplash. This can depend on your kitchen’s size, but adding a backsplash can electrify the dullest and most dated kitchen. Keep in mind, though, not to get too customized with it, as that can grow even more dated and turn off buyers even faster.

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