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Giving your kitchen a makeover can become extremely pricey if you aren’t careful. However, with some elbow grease and creativity, you can update your kitchen on even a tight budget. If you are ready to make some serious changes to your kitchen, here are some ways to make a big difference on around a $100 or less.

  • Paint – There are few things that can make as much of a difference as adding a fresh coat of paint. This is a relatively cheap way to update, and can be completed in as little as a couple of days. When you paint, remember to give the ceiling a fresh coat with a roller and ceiling paint. You can also paint counters, cabinets, and cupboards with paint that is designed to stick to laminate. While painting these features can be a bit more difficult, the results are incredible and are worth the work.
  • Cabinet hardware – You can get many great styles of drawer pulls and cabinet handles for under $2 each at most hardware or home improvement stores. If this is beyond your budget, you can get the same effect by removing and refinishing your existing hardware. Believe it or not, even this small change will make a world of difference in the overall look of your kitchen. If you wish to create a more dramatic look, consider removing your cabinet doors completely. All you have to do is take off the doors, fill holes with wood putty, and paint the cabinet frames. This gives you a great, open look that can make your kitchen seem larger and more inviting.
  • Lighting – Are your outdated light fixtures bringing down the look of your kitchen? If so, watch for sales to find great, updated lighting at a deep discount. You can also look for good choices at recycling and/or consignment stores to add that little extra touch to your décor. Even if you can’t replace your fixtures, you can paint them and add a new globe to make it look brand new.
  • Backsplash – One great way to update your kitchen is to install a decorative backsplash behind the stove and sink. There are many great options to choose from, including embossed, faux metal tiles that are self-sticking and can be installed in a few hours time.
  • Window treatments and rugs – Finally, one of the cheapest ways to change the look of your kitchen is to install new window treatments and rugs. Choose a style that reflects the personality of your family and that will add life and color to your room. If your budget is really tight, you can shop sales and thrift stores for great finds at a reasonable cost.

Updating your kitchen can be as costly or as cheap as you choose it to be. If you have a limited budget and want to make some major changes to your kitchen, consider starting with these suggestions. After all, making several small changes along the way will create a major difference.

Blakely V. is a writer for If you are interested in ways to update your home with your new career as a nurse, this site is perfect for you.