If your kitchen is getting rather old, you don’t have to spend a fortune to remodel it entirely. Sometimes, a simple and affordable quick fix is all you need to make your kitchen perfect. You can also add new gadgets to your kitchen without breaking the bank. Here are several suggestions to bring your kitchen to the 21st century on a budget:
Repaint the Cabinets
Painting is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to modernise any room in the house. Is your kitchen looking drab and worn out because of cabinets that have gotten old? Replacing kitchen cabinets is very expensive and requires making serious modifications. If the cabinet doors are not falling off the hinges, you can quickly upgrade the cabinets with a fresh coat of paint. Choose the paint wisely. Pick a hip and modern colour that matches the wall paint you have chosen. Avoid those muted tones that adorned your grandma’s kitchen. A bold colour might go well to make your kitchen look newly built.
Replace the Countertops
You may think that replacing the countertops is an expensive modification to do. Actually, it’s not. You may not be able to replace the stone or wood for cheap, but you can buy new laminate covers for a few hundred pounds. You can choose new designs that will instantly make your kitchen look like it materialised right out of an architecture magazine. You can consult with local sellers on how to buy affordable countertop laminates. The product is available; you just have to look for it.
Buy a New Dishwasher
If your kitchen is really old, it may not have a dishwasher. You can make your life a lot easier with a dishwasher. Unlike before, now you can purchase this appliance for cheap. Also, modern dishwashers are designed to save water and use power efficiently. So you won’t have to worry about power or water waste. You can incredibly increase the efficiency of your kitchen with an affordable dishwasher. Bestcheaptech.com has an excellent round-up of good quality dishwashers you can buy for under $500.
Increase Storage Space
The biggest problem many kitchens face is a lack of space. If there isn’t enough storage place, kitchens quickly accumulate clutter. There’s nothing more unsightly than a messy kitchen. So, one of the best ways to modernise and make your kitchen efficient is to increase the available storage space. There are several ways to do this. You can buy space-efficient furniture for the kitchen like little cupboards that can be placed under kitchen islands. There are also cheap storage items you can buy online like soap holders that can be placed on the sink. You can find loads of little gadgets made just to save space in your kitchen. If you are willing to spend some time browsing online shopping sites like Amazon, you can find these galore.
Add New Shelves
A great way to increase storage space in your kitchen is to add new shelves. This is a simple project that you can even do yourself if you know your way around a toolkit. First, find empty space on the walls that are not covered by cabinets. Usually, the areas near the sink have enough space for a shelf or two. If you are really into DIY, you can even install ceiling shelves to place items you only use rarely. You can use the new shelves to reduce clutter around the kitchen, and also perhaps place a flower pot or two to add some natural beauty to the room.
Remove Things off the Window Sills
Are you one of those homeowners who like placing little ornaments, pots or other items on the window sills? If so, it’s best to remove them (except the plants). The idea is to allow in lots of light into your kitchen, so it’s bright and well-lit during the daytime. Dark kitchens are sad places that just look unpleasant. So, make way for plenty of sunlight to come into your kitchen.
Add Light Fixtures under the Cabinet
The countertops under the cabinets tend to be dark typically. You can increase visibility by buying new light fixtures that can be placed under the kitchen cabinets. If you are too broke to buy fixtures, you can buy cheaper fairy lights. As mentioned before, a well-lit kitchen is pleasant and hip. If you look at magazine articles for modern kitchens, you will see that most are bright and have light fixtures just about everywhere. It’s not just for show. It’s easier to work in a kitchen that is well lit.
Place a Rug Near the Sink
The area in front of the sink can get wet when people wash their hands. A simple and practically inexpensive method to fix this problem and add glamour to your kitchen is to place a rug in front of the sink. Pick the rug carefully so it matches the cabinet colour and the wall paint. A lovely rug will make your kitchen look posher than it actually is.
Buy Small, Decorative Appliances
If you are unsatisfied with how your things in the kitchen look, you can buy decorative appliances that add colour and aesthetics to your kitchen. You can replace old toasters or sandwich makers with new ones that come in bright colours with charming decorations. These little appliances don’t cost much either. You can buy many for under 50 pounds each.
Install a Smart Device
No kitchen can claim to be modern without at least a single smart device. You can buy a tablet you can mount on a kitchen wall to watch TV while you cook. There are also things like smart thermometers or timers you can use in the kitchen. You can also use a voice-activated personal assistant, like Amazon Echo or Google Home, in your kitchen. Most smart devices don’t cost much. Echo, for example, costs only 45 pounds. You can do wonders for your kitchen with a single smart device so don’t pass up the opportunity. Amazon has made things even cheaper with their new Dash Wand.
Most of the above suggestions cost only a little or none at all. Do one or two of the above, and your kitchen would be better looking and also more efficient for future use.