How to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling

While you may have a vision of your dream kitchen in mind, a beautifully remodeled kitchen is not always affordable. On the other hand, it is possible to update your kitchen design without breaking the bank. Let’s look at some other kitchen makeover ideas (like resurfacing your countertops) that can give your kitchen a cost-effective upgrade.

How to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling


Tearing out and replacing old kitchen countertops is a considerable investment of time and money. Epoxy countertop resurfacing is a budget-friendly way to transform your outdated kitchen countertops into a focal point of your kitchen. Kitchen countertop resurfacing is a great way to update your kitchen without spending more than your budget allows. Lastly, you can customize your kitchen countertops to achieve the exact look you want for your new kitchen.

Decor Accessories

Freshening the decor is an effortless way to make your kitchen feel new. Hanging framed kitchen tiles of herbs or any other kitchen theme can brighten up and add personality to your kitchen. You might also consider placing matching flowerpots with fresh herbs or decorative plants on window ledges. Another great accessory to add is a bold kitchen clock to hang on the wall. Plain shelving displaying cookbooks or cooking heirlooms from your grandma can also act as a conversation piece.


A new, modern faucet can transform the kitchen sink zone and add instant sparkle. Faucets are an important feature in any kitchen and there is a wide variety to choose from. Consider converting separate hot and cold faucets into a mixer and think about installing a water filter. Modern faucets will even look good in an Olde Worlde or country-themed kitchen. Not to mention, they will certainly add value to a post-modern minimalist-style kitchen.


Next to new countertops, nothing screams new louder than fresh coats of paint. A satin paint finish is a great option for your kitchen because it is stain-resistant and easy to clean. Be sure to use fit-for-purpose, moisture-resistant kitchen and bathroom paint. When choosing colors, white and light colors are the more popular choices for kitchens. This is because these colors are timeless, brighten up the room, and make small kitchens feel bigger.


Upgrade cabinet exteriors to help make the kitchen look clean and new again. The easiest way to upgrade your kitchen cabinets is to change the cabinet hardware (handles). Another way to upgrade kitchen cabinetry is by lightly sanding and re-varnishing wooden doors and exposed framework. Or, you can opt to paint them a complimentary or contrasting color to the wall. Stopping short of a remodel, superimpose shaker style frames on plain wooden doors and drawer fronts help to change the look and feel of your kitchen.

If you choose to paint your kitchen cabinets, be mindful to use wash-n-wear paint. This is especially true for light-colored cabinets as they will require frequent cleaning. An advantage of dark color cabinet exteriors is that they have more personality and character than their lighter counterparts. Dark cabinets will make your kitchen stand out, especially if the flooring is light-colored. However, a disadvantage of darker cabinetry is that they make spaces feel and look smaller which can be a problem for smaller kitchens. Therefore, bigger kitchens and kitchens with open floor plans are better suited to dark cabinetry.


Over the past few years, installing stainless steel appliances has been a hot trend. However, stainless steel appliances often come with a steep price tag. Stainless steel is popular not only because it is resistant to stains, corrosion, and bacteria, but also because it looks sleek and modern. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, opt for white appliances. Not only are these appliances cheaper, but they are also making their way back into the world of fashionable appliances. The latest trend in white appliances is a new color called Ice White.


Replace and update the light fixtures and make them a feature to be noticed. When it comes time to install the new light fixtures, contact an electrician to ensure your home is safe from any electrical hazards.

Additional Reading: 30 Budget Kitchen Updates That Make a Big Impact

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