10 Ways to Renovate Your Kitchen on a Budget

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Are you in the market for a kitchen renovation but don't have much money to spend? No problem! There are many ways to renovate your kitchen on a budget. We will discuss 10 budget-friendly tips to help you create the kitchen of your dreams on a shoestring budget.


HomeAdvisor estimates that the average kitchen remodels costs $12,567 to $34,962. With these 10 tips and some sweat equity, you'll spend a fraction of that. We've got you covered if you want to update your cabinets, add new appliances, or give your kitchen a fresh coat of paint.


1. Paint Dated Wood Cabinets

One quickest and most budget-friendly way to renovate your kitchen is to paint your existing wood cabinets. This can be a DIY project, or you can hire a professional painter to do it for you. If you're going the DIY route, use a high-quality paint and primer combo designed specifically for cabinets.


Whether you're painting wood cabinets white or a vibrate color, you can expect it'll take a few days and requires some prep work to do a good job. But the effort is worth it. 


2. Replace Cabinet Hardware

Another budget-friendly way to update your cabinets is to replace the existing hardware. This quick and easy project can be done in the afternoon. Remove the old hardware and install new knobs or pulls in its place.

3. Refinish Existing Countertops with Epoxy

If your countertops look outdated or damaged, you may want to consider refinishing your countertops with epoxy. Epoxy finishes are limitless, and no two are alike. This is a more budget-friendly option than completely replacing your countertops and it looks like a million bucks.


Epoxy finishes require some patience but are a relatively easy DIY project. See the process in action below.


4. Refinish Your Floors

If your kitchen floors look worn, you can give them new life by refinishing them. According to the National Association of Realtors 2022 Remodeling Impact Report, the ROI from refinishing hardwood floors is 147%. Depending on where you live, refinishing hardwood floors costs between $3 and $8 a square foot.


Laminated Vinyl Planks (LVP) are an inexpensive option that mimics wood flooring but is waterproof and suitable for kitchens. Best of all, it's easy to cut and install so you can install it yourself for less than $2 per square foot.

5. Replace Cabinet Doors

If your cabinet boxing is in good condition, but the doors are damaged, or you're just not a fan of the style, you can replace just the doors and give them a whole new look. This is a more budget-friendly option than replacing the entire cabinet, and it can be a great way to update your kitchen without spending a lot of money.

6. Add New Lighting

Another quick and easy way to update your kitchen is to add new lighting. This can be anything from installing new LED lights. LED lighting is easy to install and doesn't require much electrical know-how. Recessed LED lights snap in place and don't require cans to be installed. 


Other options include replacing old fluorescent lights with LED panels and LED tape lighting underneath cabinets. LED tape lighting requires no wiring because they use a battery pack and remote.

7. Paint the Walls

If your kitchen walls look outdated or drab, you can give them new life with a fresh coat of paint. This is an obvious choice but a very budget-friendly way to update the look of your kitchen and make it feel brand new.


Vibrate paint colors pop against white cabinets for a contemporary design. Or choose earth-tone colors for a farmhouse feel. 

8. Install New Backsplash

A backsplash is a great way to add personality to your kitchen. Many budget-friendly options are available, including tile, stone, and glass. This is a more moderate DIY task and requires some skill. 

9. Add New Appliances

If your appliances are outdated or not working properly, you may want to consider adding new ones. This is a more expensive option, but it can make a big difference in the look and function of your kitchen. 


Black and stainless steel appliances are still popular among homeowners and designers.

10. Update Your Kitchen Faucet

If your kitchen faucet looks old or outdated, you can give it a quick update by replacing it with a new one. This is a budget-friendly way to add a touch of style to your kitchen.


You can find some of the best touchless kitchen faucets on Amazon for less than $150.


These are just a few budget-friendly ways to renovate your kitchen. For more ideas, be sure to check out our website or give us a call. We would be happy to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.

Comments (4)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Hubert,

These are excellent ideas to implement when considering updating your kitchen without breaking the bank!

Nov 02, 2022 06:11 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Welcome to the Rain. Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Nov 02, 2022 12:34 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Hubert Miles these are very valuable list of ways to renovate a kitchen on a budget.

Nov 02, 2022 08:38 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Nov 07, 2022 03:31 AM