How to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget

    If you’re on a budget, every penny counts when making updates to your kitchen. Whether you’re getting your home ready to sell, or looking to spruce things up for your own enjoyment, if you’re willing to put in “sweat equity” and get a little paint on your hands, you can get beautiful results on any budget. From hardware and paint to DIY projects, these tips from Ascent Real Estate will help you update your kitchen on a budget.

    Switch Out Lighting


    Adding well-placed pendant lights can easily become the stylish new focal point of the kitchen. These hanging lights come in a variety of styles and can be used for soft mood lighting or bright task lighting. You can find many sleek pendant lights at Home Depot for under $30.

    Paint Cabinets


    Replacing your kitchen cabinets can be costly. Fresh paint can work wonders if your cabinets are in need of an update. Painting your cabinets can be a big undertaking, so hire a pro if your budget permits. If you want to save money and do it yourself, you’ll want to make sure you do proper prep work. Follow the steps in this HGTV article titled “Best Way to Paint Kitchen Cabinets“.

    New Kitchen Hardware


    New kitchen hardware like cabinet knobs, drawer pulls, and hinges can revive boring cabinets and give your kitchen a fresher, more finished look. Start by counting how many knobs and pulls you’ve got in your kitchen and pay attention to the price per piece (it can add up quickly if you’ve got a lot of cabinets and drawers). Many home improvement stores offer beautiful hardware for under $10 per piece.

    Add Storage


    Adding more storage is always a plus. There are many fun storage tricks to maximize your space and keep things organized. Rustic wood shelves on metal brackets are a great way to display everyday dishes and are inexpensive and easy to install. Easy-to-grab bins at the top of your cabinets can wrangle loose items. If you’re doing open shelving, consider treating yourself to new dishes in classic white or clear glass. If you’re more adventurous, an eclectic mix of flea market finds can also look nice and give your kitchen a more rustic or shabby chic feel.

    Scour Craigslist


    Believe it or not, Craigslist is a great resource to find budget-friendly renovation materials like tile and countertops. If you’re in San Diego, go to to the “household” section under “for sale” and type what you’re looking for in the search box.

    Discover the Market Value of Your Home


    Making these affordable updates to your kitchen can significantly increase the value of your home. If you’re in San Diego County and interested in finding out what your home is worth, Ascent Real Estate offers a free home valuation report at

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