Design Tips: 14 Smart Ideas to Update Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget

Goodale Miller Team


Planning a budget friendly and easy kitchen makeover has never been so easy! We’ve compiled 14 excellent ideas on how you can update your kitchen on a tight budget and still end up with a fabulous looking kitchen which looks high end. Read on and see what kitchen makeover ideas you can tackle.

Light Up Using Pendant Lights

Pendant lights are great design pieces and can update any room inexpensively without looking cheap and dated. Add a few over your sink or any kitchen area you want to highlight for an easy updated feel.

Swap Your Hardware

Changing your hardware to more contemporary colours and design can instantly upgrade your kitchen. Just make sure that you keep an eye on the cost because lots of handles and knobs can surely add up.


Changing décor items or adding décor items can make your kitchen look brand new. Even seasonal kitchen swaps can make the gloomiest of kitchens a happy space.

Dress Up Your Cabinets

Have you considered repainting or staining your cabinets a different colour? A simple change in paint or stain colour can be all that you need to zoom your kitchen to the present decade!

Opt For Contrast

Speaking of cabinets, painting half of them a different colour and leaving the upper half white or light-coloured makes for an ultra-chic and polished look. Just don’t go too crazy and keep a neutral palette and you’ll be rocking some great cabinets for just a few hundred dollars.

Sconces Are In

Sconces add beautiful ambient lighting and gives any space some personality and glow. Simply contact an electrician to do the wiring for you and bargain hunt for some sconces which goes with your existing décor.

Add Rustic Touches Everywhere

Farmhouse chic is all the rage these days. Besides adding some character to your kitchen, rustic details makes your kitchen more inviting and lived-in.

Combine Design and Function

Don’t have upper cabinets? Install some rustic looking shelves! They look great just on their own and can provide some much needed extra storage space when needed.

Bring On Some Roman Shades

Installing roman shades at any space makes it look polished, elegant, and finished, more so if it matches the room’s paint colour and design.

Paint The Floor

If refinishing floors is too expensive for your budget, consider painting your floor. Go for a stenciled design or maybe a solid colour, the choice is really up to you.

Craigslist Is Your Friend

Do you know that people sell their perfectly good construction materials at craigslist for ultra-low prices? Don’t tell anyone you’ve heard this tip from us!

Take Off Your Cabinet Doors

This tip mostly works for upper cabinets but you can try doing the same for lower ones too. Taking off the cabinet doors opens up the space and gives your kitchen an instant upgrade. Don’t want dust to accumulate? Compromise with installing new glass doors for your upper shelves.

Purchase New Dishes

Classic white dishes always looks nice. Try to update your dishes by purchasing clear glasses and white dishes. They double as kitchen décor when displayed on a rack as well.

Dress Up Your Fridge

Whoever thought of painting a fridge with some chalkboard paint must be a genius! Try this idea if you don’t have funds to get a new fridge for an instantly upgraded look! This idea goes well with nearly all existing designs and colours so feel free to go ahead and maybe even turn this into a DIY project.
Want a new beautiful Oakville home to try out some of these design tips and awesome ideas for a kitchen update? Then you’re in the right blog! Simply take a look at some of our listings and read up on Oakville neighbourhoods to determine which piece of real estate is best for you. Don’t forget to contact us for any questions and to seal the deal! Cheers to a beautiful ‘new’ kitchen!

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