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Low-cost kitchen renovation ideas

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
Hehku Cucina Range Classic style kitchen by Hehku Classic
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2017 is already well underway – so how are those resolutions for the new year doing? Lost any weight? How about the learning-a-new-language or the drink-less-alcohol promises you made to yourself? 

Don’t feel bad if a stylish new kitchen was on your to-do list this year – a full-blown renovation tends to slice and dice a budget rather horridly, which may very well clash with your other New Year’s resolution to save more.

But hang on, for we have found a few loopholes that can still see you renovating your kitchen without digging into too much of your savings. All it will take is a bit of research, imagination, and a little DIY effort to make your old kitchen look almost brand new.

Happy New Year, indeed!

1. Modernise your lighting

Limetree, Plymouth Minimalist dining room by ADG Bespoke Minimalist
ADG Bespoke

Limetree, Plymouth

ADG Bespoke

Style up those old kitchen lighting fixtures by opting for modern accent lighting. Haven’t you heard? Pendants and other decorative fixtures add instant glow and elegance!

2. Style up cabinet doors

A can of spray paint; your outdated kitchen cabinets… do you see where we’re going with this? 

Spray-painting cabinets are way better than painting with a brush, which can cause blobs and drips in the grooves of the door profile. Plus, it’s quicker and can afford your kitchen that “brand new” quality.

3. Add new hardware

It’s simply magical how something as simple as a new handle or knob can transform a cabinet. And since you are having those doors sprayed anyway, you may as well treat the cabinets to some new shiny hardware as well.

4. Hire experts

Instead of replacing an ugly kitchen countertop (which has its own set of drawbacks if you are retaining the base, especially if the old countertop is glued on), you can hire a seasoned kitchen specialist who will add a 6 mm veneer of genuine granite right on top of the old counter, for the look and almost the same durability as solid granite.

See our vast list of professionals here on homify, including kitchen planners.

5. Energy-efficient lighting

Here’s a quick tip: halogen lighting was never meant for ambient lighting, seeing as it causes glare and can make a space seem fatigue in appearance. 

LEDs are the way to go! Although they cost more initially, they last for years, are very energy-efficient, and are cool to the touch. Plus, your old-fashioned recessed lighting, especially the kind with black liners, can be retrofitted with updated energy-efficient versions with minimum or no repairs to the ceiling.

6. A fresh coat of paint

Girl and the cat Modern kitchen by BLACKHAUS Modern Solid Wood Multicolored

Girl and the cat


Even if this is the only option you take from this list, we say go for it; it’s amazing what a new coat of white paint on the ceiling will do to brighten things up. 

Yes, the ceiling. Ceilings get dingy over time with smoke, dust and dirt without anybody noticing it. But trust us when we say that you will notice the brand-new look of that upper surface post-painting.

7. Add a backsplash

Richmond - A Kitchen in Three Movements : modern  by Johnny Grey, Modern
Johnny Grey

Richmond—A Kitchen in Three Movements

Johnny Grey

Don’t have an existing backsplash in your kitchen? This is your change to add some character and elegance into your kitchen for only a few pounds. 

Because backsplashes don’t require a large number of tiles, you can splurge on fancy ones, add a mix of high-end and plain ones, or create a focal point with mosaics, mirror tiles or other decorative options. 

And in the same way that you spray-painted your old cabinets can you style up your backsplash’s existing ceramic tiles.

8. Install new flooring

Hehku Cucina Range Classic style kitchen by Hehku Classic

Hehku Cucina Range


Click flooring (a relatively new type of wood flooring option which gets its name from the fact that the boards used in its construction process “click” together, removing the need for nails) can be installed right on top of outdated old floors. And providing your existing floor is level, you can also install cork, laminate tile or linoleum. 

With some care and minimum DIY experience, these are all options you can do yourself.

9. Clean and de-clutter

Contemporary Kitchen with quartz countertops, italian Bertazonni appliances Modern kitchen by HOMEREDI Modern Quartz

Contemporary Kitchen with quartz countertops, italian Bertazonni appliances


A lot of us are guilty of accumulating various china figurines on the windowsill and cute magnets on the fridge. After a while we completely stop noticing them altogether. 

Rather replace them with something new and fresh like pretty vases or bowls, collections of vintage bottles, or simply a spotless, uncluttered expanse of windows.

Well, that takes care of style, but what about spotlessness? Let’s see: How to speed-clean your kitchen (because life's short).

So, which of these kitchen style-up tips will you try?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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