Transforming your kitchen can be a difficult, time consuming and expensive task, however luckily there are a few cost and time effective alternatives that can get your kitchen looking amazing! It can be really frustrating to be living in a space that you aren’t happy with or don’t feel completely comfortable in, so try implementing a few of these ideas and you should notice a significant difference in how your kitchen looks and how you feel about it.
So, here are a few affordable ways for you to transform your kitchen no matter your budget!
The first and easiest thing you can do to transform your kitchen is to clear the clutter. Many people feel frustrated with their kitchen space because everything falls out when they open a cupboard, they can’t find anything they need or they feel like there isn’t much countertop space.
So, start by taking everything out of all of the cupboards and off the countertop and place it onto a table. Gradually sort through everything and you are likely to find so many things that you either don’t need or are out of date! For example, if you have 5 tupperware lids without a tub to go with it, you know it is time to say goodbye.
When you put the essentials back in the cupboard, you will see how much more space you have and you can place some items that were on the countertop into the cupboards where you have saved space. Doing this at the very beginning will give you a great idea of what you actually need to change and what you are happy with after a bit of decluttering.
Start By Painting
Next up, start by painting the walls. Kitchen walls tend to get a bit grubby very quickly, so giving them a fresh coat of paint is always a good idea before you do anything too drastic. This could completely brighten up the space and can work as a temporary fix if you wanted to save up to have a full renovation in the future. Go for something clean and bright to make you feel refreshed and happy when you enter the space!
Paint The Kitchen Cabinets
A method of creating a more dramatic change is to paint the kitchen cabinets. If you are happy with the general shape of the cabinets, then simply take them off by removing all the screws starting at the bottom then moving to the top so they are ready to paint. Opt for furniture paint and then give your cabinets a really good sand and clean. Carefully give the cabinets 2-3 coats of paint, allowing to dry fully in between.
Before painting, remove any hardware, and either reattach it after painting or replace it with something new. Painting your cabinets can completely transform the look of your kitchen as you have scope to try out something very different to your current colours.
As mentioned above, replacing the hardware in your kitchen is such a simple way to make it look very different. If you find your kitchen cupboard handles boring or you think they don’t fit in with your new cupboard design after painting, you can buy replacements for a great price and this is one of the things that can take your kitchen cupboards from old to modern in no time at all.
Add Wall Art Prints
Now that you have nice clean walls and cupboards, it’s time to add some wall art! Wall art prints are a brilliant way to bring something unique to a space, whether you want something colourful and fun or more minimalist. The beauty of wall art prints is that they are extremely cost effective and there is so much choice out there to make sure that the art you choose is exactly what you are looking for.
Wall art prints offer a unique and contemporary addition to any space, and it also offers a focal point and sense of texture that your kitchen might be lacking.
Upcycle Your Furniture
Similarly to your kitchen cupboards, if you are happy with the shape of your furniture, then simply give it a good paint! This goes for your kitchen table and chairs, and if your chairs have fabric on them, you could also look into having them upholstered or giving it a go yourself. You could use the same paint as your kitchen cupboards or go for something different to experiment with different harmonious colours in one space.
Depending on the type of material you are working with, there are plenty of different tutorials available to help you make sure the finish looks professional!
Vinyl Wrap Your Countertops
One of the most expensive elements of a full kitchen renovation is replacing the countertops. However, you can now purchase vinyl wraps which are easy to fit and give the most amazing finish! From marble effect to terrazzo or wood, your options are endless. Most materials can be wrapped with vinyl, with the only difference being how long it lasts.
All you need to do is give your surface a good wipe to remove any dust or dirt, cut your vinyl to rough size, remove the back and place it down. You can then cut it precisely to the correct size and spend some time removing any bubbles. Depending on the size of your kitchen this only takes you a few hours maximum and it is also so cheap to do.
Build An Open Pantry
Finally, another way that you can transform your kitchen is to build an open pantry. If you have some spare wall space, you could fit 3 shelves (or have a professional do it if you don’t feel confident) and use that as a functional and aesthetic addition to your kitchen.
You could buy large glass jars and fill them with cupboard staples like rice, pasta, noodles, cereals, oats and you could also have a spice rack on there. This could also be a space to store your favourite cookbooks. All of these things will free up cupboard space whilst also adding a wonderful design feature to your room.
So, there you have it! A few different ways that you can transform your kitchen. Try a few of them depending on your budget and you could fall in love with your kitchen all over again. Our interior design tastes change over time, so these are a great alternative to spending a fortune on a new kitchen if you aren’t completely sure whether you will still love a particular colour palette or trend in a few years time.