7 Cheap Kitchen Improvements

By Kailey Walters on December 17, 2019

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If you have a kitchen in your home, you may be thinking about how you can spruce it up or make minor improvements to it. As you’ve probably figured out already, making home improvements can often get expensive. However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you make smart and efficient decisions, you’ll be able to make small improvements to your kitchen that can potentially make a big difference, all for an affordable price.

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1. Change the lighting.

You may not realize it, but lighting matters a lot and can potentially set the mood for any room in your home. Lighting is especially important in the kitchen. If you have dim lighting and want to brighten up the space, or even if you don’t like the way your current light fixtures look, that’s an easy and relatively affordable replacement. You can find cheap and cute light fixtures from places such as Etsy, Amazon, and IKEA.

2. Add a rug or a mat.

If you’re looking to make a really simple yet effective change, you can always add a rug or mat. Get something with a pattern or color scheme that matches the aesthetic of your kitchen. You can place it anywhere you like, perhaps underneath the kitchen table and chairs, or by the sink. A rug or mat will not only jazz up the floors but will also add some warm comfort to your kitchen.

3. Get a new table and chairs.

Depending on where you look, new furniture for your kitchen can be relatively inexpensive as well. And even if a new kitchen or dining table set does seem a bit on the pricey side at first, it can turn out to be a worthwhile investment if you end up getting a lot of use out of it and keep it for many years. Shop around online (perhaps at some of the aforementioned stores as well as Wayfair), or even go to your local furniture store or garage sale, and see what catches your eye.

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4. Add a new backsplash.

If you’re a fan of backsplash in the kitchen, this is a great, affordable option for improving the look of your kitchen. One option is a tin-tile backsplash, which should cost you no more than $100 and can brighten up the space because it’s shiny and reflective. It’s also convenient because it’s super easy to clean, and it comes in a variety of finishes so that you can customize the color and pattern to suit your kitchen.

Another option is a peel-and-stick backsplash, which looks much more stylish than it sounds. You can find this kind of backsplash in a mosaic tile kit, which comes with everything you need to make it easy to install. Since it’s peel-and-stick, you end up saving a lot of money, effort, and time — and it turns out looking great.

5. Get a new faucet.

Replacing the faucet is easier and cheaper than you might expect. Of course, it depends on what kind of faucet you want, but you could potentially find single-handle faucets for around $80 to fancier faucets around $150. It’s a simple change, but it can make a huge difference in improving your kitchen and giving it a sleeker look.

6. Decorate.

A very simple way to improve your kitchen is to decorate it. You could hang up photos and posters of images that fit the aesthetic you’re going for, such as pictures of fruits and vegetables. You can also add some greenery to your kitchen by placing plants and flowers around the room, perhaps on windowsills or in the middle of the kitchen table.

7. Clean frequently.

Last but not least, it’s a good idea to keep your kitchen looking clean and fresh. Even if you don’t go to any extreme lengths to change up your kitchen, cleaning it to make sure it’s well-maintained can often go a long way. And that means deep cleaning — AKA bringing out a whole slew of cleaning supplies such as mops, sponges, wipes, gloves, the works. If it helps, you can set up a weekly schedule for yourself to stay on track of your kitchen cleaning duties. After all, while big improvements to your kitchen are not always feasible, making sure it’s clean is not only achievable, but also very important.

Making improvements to your kitchen doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. There are many ways you can go about changing your kitchen with not too much effort, time, or money involved so that you can still be satisfied with the results and feel at home in a cozy kitchen.

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