The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, and it can be one of the most expensive rooms to update. Removing/replacing cabinets, relocating plumbing lines and purchasing new appliances are the major contributors to the high cost of updating.
There are, however, simpler ways to refresh your kitchen without breaking the bank. You might want to consider these tips from HGTV.com:
Add Unique Tiles
Tile is a great way to add color, pattern and personality to your kitchen without spending a lot of money. They can brighten up the kitchen without making it look too busy.
Swap Out Lighting
Adding more light to your kitchen will instantly make it look spacious and inviting. Installing a window can be expensive so, instead, try using light colors and new brighter light bulbs to brighten your space.
Accessorizing your home is a fun and easy way to give any space an instant facelift. Because space is limited in a kitchen, items should be practical and functional. Try colorful bookends to keep cookbooks in order, whimsical salt and pepper shakers or a multi-color woven rug for a splash of color.
Paint the Cabinets
Replacing cabinets with new oak or walnut can easily drive up the price of your upgrade, and are often unnecessary. Instead, try painting your original cabinets and at the same time change out the handles and knobs. To create a kitchen with a little more personality, try painting the upper cabinets a light color such as white or cream and lower ones in a darker color, like slate, navy or black.
Everything and the Kitchen Sink: Remodel Your Kitchen without Losing Your Mind, by Daina Manning and Janice Costa
This Old House Easy Upgrades: Kitchens: Smart Design, Trusted Advice, by Editors of This Old House Magazine
Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Kitchens: Do-it-yourself and Save, by the Editors of Creative Publishing International