Inexpensive Kitchen Updates that Add Value

kitchen updates

Unfortunately, home renovations cost money. It may not seem like it when you watch HGTV and some home owners are able to get seemingly endless home upgrades and updates on what seems like a small budget, but that’s generally not reality.

When your budget is limited, like most of ours tend to be for things like this, you need to plan carefully to get the biggest return on your investment, no matter if you are making updates to improve your quality of life or to raise the resale value of your home.

So what’s the first room in your home you should look at if nearly every area needs updates of one kind or another? According to This Old House, it’s the kitchen. Below I have listed some inexpensive kitchen updates you should consider because they can add value to your home.

Paint the Walls

Nothing is more boring than white or beige walls. Take a trip to the hardware store, pick out a cheery paint color, or even two if you have an area that could use an accent, grab your supplies, and add some color to your life. A fresh coat of paint makes a huge difference to the look of a room with a minimal financial investment, especially if you do the work yourself.

Knobs and Drawer Pulls

Depending on the cost of the knobs and pulls, this can be a fairly inexpensive way to update your kitchen. You may not think new knobs make that much difference, but new knobs can change the entire look of your cabinets and take your kitchen from decades past into the present.

Change the Cabinets

You may not have it in your budget to remove your old cabinets and get new ones, but you can still make some changes beyond just getting new hardware.

One of the current kitchen trends is to remove all or some of the cabinet doors and let beautiful dishes add to the décor of your room. You could also choose to swap out the doors for different ones, such as glass-front doors, or you can paint or stain them for a whole new look.

Don’t Overlook the Lights

Cheap lighting in a room makes the room look, for lack of a better word, cheap. Yes, I used the word cheap twice. The truth is I hate factory lighting. Get rid of it.

Good kitchen lighting is essential to the tasks you will be performing in the kitchen if you want to be able to see what you are doing. It is well worth the money you’ll spend for that alone, but it can also give your kitchen a much better look and feel.


There are many different countertop choices, but some of the most popular choices are granite, concrete, marble, quartz, and soapstone just to name a few.

The prices can vary depending on your choice and the quality of the material, but I would advise you to do some research before making your final decision. For instance, marble is more vulnerable to stains and scratches than quartz and it usually costs more as well.

Updating your kitchen counters is much more inexpensive than getting new cabinets and counters. If you can only do one or the other, opt for new counters and just paint your cabinets as I already suggested.


A new backsplash installation can improve the look of your kitchen and add value for minimal expense. A tile or stone backsplash seems to be something that many homebuyers and homeowners enjoy.

Sinks & Faucets

Kitchen sinks have come a long way from the traditional stainless steel sink your mother had and so have facets. Now days there are many different choices for both sinks and faucets, but I advise you to do some research before you buy to find out what the current trends are and which will be the most functional for your kitchen.

Decorative Touches

Window Treatments, rugs, and small appliances in different patterns and colors can add a decorative touch to your kitchen for an inexpensive update. This is one the easiest ways to change the look of your kitchen because it doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to change these accessories.

All of these ideas are aimed at helping you update your kitchen without having to go into debt or bust your budget to do it. Obviously if you want to save even more, do as much of the work yourself as you possibly can to avoid paying labor costs. That said, if you feel uncomfortable with a task it is probably best to hire a professional – it could save you money in the long run rather than trying to do your own work and ending up with a mess to fix later.

Have you done any kitchen updates recently? Can you think of other inexpensive kitchen updates that can add value to your home?

Written By
Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, of course, writing. She is currently the editor-in-chief of


  1. Nice ideas Kayla. These simple strategies can do the trick to make kitchen look great! Using a good combination of paint color is as well a good strategy. I’d stay with white and a good partner like black or brown.

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