Are you looking to change the look and feel of your kitchen? It does not matter if your kitchen looks dated or if you want to update a modern kitchen. Adding some small nooks and decor can make your kitchen a more inviting and pleasant space for cooking or family activities.

The fun of working on a budget is that you get to do some ‘Do It Yourself’ projects, which you can involve all your family members or some friends. You can turn the sprucing up your kitchen into a fun barbecue party with lots of fun and music. So, where can you begin?

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Plan the Project

The best place to begin is to plan what you would like to change or add to your kitchen. Are you looking to have more organization in your kitchen or want to add a family activity area to your kitchen? Does it need a paint lift? When you know what you want to do, sketch it out on paper, and list the equipment, tools, and accessories you need to complete your project.

Upgrade Your Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink is one of the most used spaces for meal preparation and dishwashing. Today, designers and suppliers offer kitchen workstations that turn your sink into a workstation. These sink workstations allow you to clean, cut, and prep your meals.

Introduce new lighting fixtures

Most people will agree that having good lighting in the kitchen is essential. Therefore, instead of having one kitchen bulb, you might install decorative pendant lighting fixtures over the kitchen island. The pendants will give more luminance to the countertop and give your kitchen an impressive look.

Sometimes, upper kitchen cabinets obscure the amount of light that reaches the countertop. Here, install lights under these cabinets to provide more light to certain areas. Contact your local electrician, for guidance and advice.

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint 

The tried and timeless method of painting old rooms or surfaces to bring a fresh look and color into a room never fails to achieve its purpose. Instead of buying and installing a completely new set of cabinets, you can paint the cabinets a lighter coat color to bring out the light feel of your kitchen.

Choose your paint colors wisely. Light tone paint colors reflect light and bring brightness and an open feel to the kitchen. Darker paint colors refract light and, when used in a large kitchen, create a feeling of closeness and coziness.

Install Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Adding a backsplash between your kitchen counter and upper cabinets adds design and creativity and makes your kitchen look more modern. Backsplash also protects the walls from splash and moisture while adding an exciting look to your kitchen.

The style you select for the backsplash should reflect the overall tone of the kitchen. It can stand out as a focal point or blend into the background.

Does your kitchen already have backsplash tiles but want to upgrade them? You can paint over the old tiles and save some expense by not buying new ones.

Replace small kitchen appliances

Changing your kitchen cabinet knobs and handles and kitchen sink taps is a subtle way to create a dramatic effect on the look of your kitchen. Consider changing out your silver taps or wooden handles to black, chrome, multicolored artistic ones.


Whatever look you want to achieve, it is a great idea to declutter and organize your kitchen. If you do not have enough storage space, create hanging hooks behind a door or in a corner for your broom, mop, and other cleaning materials. Consider your painting choices wisely and shop for items that fit your budget.


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