What’s the best way to update my kitchen ...for a low cost?

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I thought about painting the cabinets, but not sure what to do about the tile. The counter tops also need to be dealt with they are plain and boring. One day we will do a more costly remodel but for now we just want a short term inexpensive update.

q what s the best way to update my kitchen for a low cost
q what s the best way to update my kitchen for a low cost
q what s the best way to update my kitchen for a low cost
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  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jul 08, 2018
    I would begin with painting them, gray or white is real popular right now. Just that would give an updated appearance. You might also consider updating the handles. There are unlimited choices now. Also, you could put in faux wood flooring fairly easily. Also, if you have a pantry consider maybe building a sliding barn door. Those are really big now too. Here is some help with the floor: https://www.hometalk.com/32924237/install-your-wood-flooring-yourself?r=2

    Mel, I hope these ideas will get you started in the right direction to find what YOU like in updating your kitchen.

    • Mel25490391 Mel25490391 on Jul 08, 2018

      The floors are Cork now which we installed. When we redo the final make over we will match the existing hardwood floor of the renaming house.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Jul 08, 2018

    Hi! I would definitely try painting the cabinets first. I painted mine, and it made a world of difference! You can read the tutorial here: http://momhomeguide.com/my-painted-kitchen-cabinets-a-year-later/

  • Debra Debra on Jul 08, 2018
    we are doing that very thing, there is a new countertop paint that we are going to try, will let you know how it goes. and we are repainting the cabinets.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 08, 2018
    I would paint the cabinets a light color. Since it isn't permanent, try a color like a light aqua or green. You can also add a detail to them by putting a small trim on them. Do that before painting. You could also paint or epoxy your countertops. This company has good videos on how to do it.
    Stencil on the tile backsplash it make it noticeable. If you paint the cabinets and stencil the backsplash, you might be able to leave the counter as is. Since it's a different color than you counter, if you don't use the fold out little table/shelf, remove it. New knobs for the cabinets usually help and get a more colorful window treatment.

  • Mel25490391 Mel25490391 on Jul 08, 2018
    Thx , I didn’t think of changing the wdw treatment. Good thought!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 02, 2018

    If you are planning on doing a major renovation in the near future, I would dissuade you from painting the cabinets. Although presently it is a diy trend, it is a great deal of work, it takes time and patience, and the results may not look attractive, or meet with your expectations.


    If your cabinets are still in solid condition, you may want to consider as part of the larger plan, having them 'refaced' instead of purchasing new in entirety. This alone will save you $$ thousands. Refacing is the term used to mean simply purchasing new doors and having them installed onto existing cabinets.

    In the meantime, I would leave the cabinets and repaint the walls. The present colour looks dull. If you chose a lighter colour it would refresh the space and open it up.


    What type of lighting do you have? I see a fixture on the ceiling. Is it perhaps fluorescent? That type of light alone will cast a harsh, greenish hue to the space. Replace it with a new integrated LED fixture. These have come down greatly in price over the last couple of years, and are now commonly available. LED light will give you light that is cleaner looking, and without shadows.

  • William William on Aug 02, 2018

    Paint the cabinets and replace the hardware. Paint the counterop with Rustoleum, Daich, or Giani countertop paint kits. Use self stick tiles for the backsplash. Somehing you can live with for a few years or more.