While creating your dream kitchen is at the top of your to-do list, you may not have the required funds and time to start a renovation project. This does not mean that you should not work on giving your kitchen the much-needed facelift. Read on for five inexpensive ways to upgrade your cookhouse.

Invest in a backsplash

If you’re looking for a way to amp up your kitchen’s personality, consider installing a backsplash that can add pattern and texture to your kitchen. There are various ways you could add a new backsplash to your kitchen, including the use of tile or wallpaper.

If you choose to add tiles from Amber, ensure that you are keen on the size, shape, and color selection. You should also consider the tile material. Most tiles are either made of porcelain, ceramic, or glass. Go for a tile texture that is easy to clean and maintain. Once you have an ideal tile for your backsplash, the next step is to choose the grout color. The grout color should match the tiles, or you could consider adding contrast by selecting darker, lighter, or metallic grout.

Paint your cabinets

You do not have to go for a complete overhaul to improve the appearance of your kitchen. Even the smallest changes, including painting the cabinets, can make a significant difference in your kitchen’s overall look. Painting your cabinets may be time-consuming, but it is one of the most inexpensive kitchen fixtures.

To paint the cabinets, you should choose a color that looks great in artificial and natural lighting and complements your appliances, countertops, and fixtures. Stay clear of paints that contain plastic, as it creates a barrier that traps air, leading to the development of mold on your cabinets.

Install new lighting

Lighting is often overlooked when upgrading kitchens, but it provides an effective way to add ambiance, safety, and versatility to your cookhouse. There are various ways you could play around with lighting to give your kitchen a chic appearance, including:

  • Adding pendant lighting over the peninsula or island
  • Adding puck under lighting to illuminate your countertops
  • Installing dimmer switch when entertaining, cooking, or taking a midnight snack
  • Investing in quality chandeliers
  • Adding a gooseneck sconce over the sink

Ensure that you opt for smart lighting to reduce energy consumption and bills.

Replace hardware

Swapping out your kitchen’s hardware is an inexpensive and less time-consuming way to amp your kitchen’s overall appearance. For instance, you could replace drawer pulls or builder-grade knobs with vintage hardware.

You could also add visual interest to your kitchen by mixing bold brass or sleek polished metallic hardware with stainless steel or black appliances.

Install open shelving

Open shelves provide an effective way to add elegance to your kitchen. You could use open shelves to show off a collection of serve ware, cookbooks, or beautiful glassware. Open shelving is also a convenient way to add more storage space, especially when you have a small kitchen and want to break the cabinetry monotony. When you have too many cabinets, your kitchen may feel closed-off and heavy.


Upgrading your kitchen does not have to be expensive. Consider adding a backsplash, painting the cabinets, open shelving, and replacing hardware to improve the kitchen’s aesthetic appeal and increase the value of your home.

Jackson Martin

Jackson Martin, holding a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, has been a prominent figure in the home improvement sector for over 18 years. He joined our team in 2020, sharing his expertise in renovation techniques, sustainable building practices, and DIY projects. Jackson's previous experience includes working in residential construction management and as a home renovation consultant. He is an advocate for energy-efficient homes and enjoys participating in local marathon events.

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