5 Kitchen Updates You Can Make on a Budget

Butcher block countertop with modern kitchen faucet and apron sink
Just a few simple changes can transform your kitchen — like the addition of this butcher block countertop and modern stainless steel faucet and apron sink.

3. Hardware Updates

When remodeling your kitchen, consider upgrading existing hardware. This could mean replacing your sink hardware or it could include your cabinet and drawer pulls. It’s really up to you and your budget.

It’s fine to start small, but remember: The more hardware you replace, the bigger the difference you’re going to make in the overall look of your kitchen.


Chelsea Lipford Wolf installing kitchen backsplash
Installing a backsplash is a great way to add visual interest to bare walls.

4. Add a Backsplash

With so many styles — such as glass mosaic tile, subway tile, wood and marble — installing a backsplash is a great way to enhance the look of your kitchen.

Traditionally, the backsplash only went about a foot above the counter. However, these days, the backsplash goes the whole way up to the cabinets and range hood.

It has become an eye-catching accent piece rather than just a necessary waterproofing addition.


Pendant lights hanging over breakfast bar and chandelier hanging over dining table
Having multiple light sources makes your kitchen user-friendly and enhances its ambiance.

5. Add Lighting

Last, but certainly not least: lighting! One of the biggest complaints that homeowners have about their kitchen is the lack of lighting.

Consider upgrading your kitchen to be more user-friendly with multiple lighting sources. Some options include pendant lights, track lighting and under-cabinet lighting.

Updating your kitchen can be a great way to refresh your home and enhance its value.

Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver. You can follow her on Twitter.

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