How to Breathe New Life into an Old Kitchen without Doing a Complete Renovation

If your kitchen could use a facelift, but your budget won’t allow for a complete renovation, the clever swaps and budget-friendly fixes below can help you transform the space into the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. 

The Walls 

If your kitchen walls are darkly painted or otherwise covered in wallpaper, you can brighten the space by adding a fresh coat of paint. 

First, remove the old wallpaper. It’ll take some elbow grease, but it needs to come off so your new, bright colors will adhere. Next, choose a bright white for the walls and ceiling. Patch any holes and apply a primer if you need to before you begin painting. 

The Cabinets

Replacing the cabinets is an expensive renovation many homeowners can’t afford. Instead, give yours a facelift with a couple of coats of paint. Again, choose a bright white for the upper cabinets and a darker shade of white or even a light gray for the bottom ones. The offset in color will add depth to the room while helping to tone down the bright white. 

The Lighting

If your kitchen doesn’t seem to have enough lighting, consider adding additional lighting sources such as a chandelier or pendant lighting where you need it. In most cases, simply switching out an old light fixture above the sink for something modern makes a big difference for little expense. 

The Faucet

Many people give their kitchen faucet little thought. It’s a functional piece of equipment that doesn’t seem important – at least until it leaks, that is. Even if your kitchen faucet works fine and doesn’t leak, consider changing it out for something that makes a statement. 

Today’s faucets come in a variety of styles and finishes, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding one that works for your design. From a bronze finish to the smart-home enabled versions, the kitchen faucet should no longer be a second thought. 

Drawer and Cabinet Pulls

Last, but not least, are the cabinet and drawer pulls. Sure they’re functional, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. If your kitchen has a lot of cabinets and drawers, this swap might get a little pricey, but the result is worth the expense. Sometimes, just switching out the old hardware for new is all it takes to give a kitchen a fresh, new look. 

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home, but it’s also one of the most expensive to remodel. If your budget isn’t one that can handle a complete overhaul, but you’d like to give your kitchen a new look just the same, try the clever swaps and budget-friendly fixes listed above.