16 May Updating A Tiny Kitchen On A Budget
UPDATING A TINY KITCHEN ON A BUDGET
Updating a tiny kitchen on a budget need not be as scary as you think! And definitely achievable! Even if you have no room to expand, there are ways to make your kitchen feel bigger. Updating a tiny kitchen on a tiny budget is not as challenging as you think. So relax, grab a cup of coffee and tea and read on for some tips and tricks.
LET IN LIGHT
One of the first things to do is to open up space especially in front of windows. This will immediately brighten the space by allowing the natural light in and will bounce light around. Replace worn out light fittings, there are some good ones out there that (usual desire) break the bank. Look at major supply chains and keep your eye on specials. This is one of the most obvious but least thought of problems tackled when updating a tiny kitchen on a on a budget.
PAINT THE WALLS
If you cannot do anything else but this, then definitely do this. Even if you just paint the walls in a fresh coat of white, this is the cheapest and easiest options.
PLAY WITH THE LAYOUT
When updating a kitchen on a tiny budget, appliances are the last thing on your mind. But your appliances may be bulky and making the space feel smaller. Hiding counter appliances and bigger ones under counter tops will already free up so much space and immediately make the room feel bigger. If you can, swop out, trade in and replace bulkier appliances such as refrigerators with slimmer ones. This need not break the bank. Shop around at charity shops, second hand, search want ads and look out for sales. Installing open shelving and shallow cabinets as well as longer countertops will not only provide more space and workroom but will also make longer and open up the space.
LOOK FOR WASTED SPACE
Ends of cabinets could have corner shelving installed to store cookbooks. Look at your whole kitchen and test or evaluate your needs and change a little and get better space to fit you, for example, wasted side space next to a dishwasher could have a slimmer cabinet installed to store your spices.
DO AS MUCH OF THE WORK YOU CAN
With a bit of hard work and some intelligence, you can do a lot of the work yourself. For example, if you have older cabinets that are still in good condition (especially when wooden) can just be stripped and repainted in a bright colour. This is less expensive than replacing cabinets and you can find a colour that appeals to you. There are plenty of articles and you tube videos on the net that can show you how.
GET MORE THAN ONE QUOTE
For bigger jobs that you cannot do yourself, it is best to get a contractor in (especially when dealing with plumbing and electrical issues). Ask around and get recommendations and always get more than one quote. Just because your updating a tiny kitchen on a budget does not mean going for the cheapest and first quote. Always shop around.
GET STATEMENT PIECES
A marble backsplash and countertop can work wonders in upping the style and value of your kitchen. And this need not be expensive. Updating your kitchen on a tiny budget means that you will have to be savvy and shop around for statement pieces (backspashes / countertops / appliancesa) – charity shops can become your new best friend especially if you make friends with the assistant! But don’t just buy anything, keep it to your style and look.
DECIDE WHAT STYLE/LOOK YOU WANT
The biggest mistake people on a budget make is buying anything cheap that they “may” use in their tiny kitchen without having a look, style or plan that they have formulated. Know what look you are going for and only buy (whether second hand or sale) what you know will tie into the look and feel you want.
LASTLY – have fun! Don’t let the process stress you out, take it one day at a time and remember that the only person you need to please is yourself!
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