DIY Kitchen Upgrades That Fit Any Budget

If you just bought one of the houses for sale in Toronto, your budget is probably a bit tight, but if the kitchen needs updating, the good news is that there are many DIY upgrades that are likely to fit the bill, including these.

Change Up the Color

One of the most obvious is to refresh the paint, but that simple change can make a major difference. Many kitchens in homes that are over a decade old or so, we're painted country style in shades of blue, but by repainting it in a warmer color like yellow, it can provide a cheery updated feel. If the space is small, you might want to consider a paler shade of yellow which can make it look better. Green is another option for making it feel brighter and more spacious. It's also good as an accent color on one wall or the cabinets for adding energy without being overwhelming. And while you probably wouldn't want to paint it all red, a red accent wall adds sophistication while stimulating the appetite, as houzz.com notes.

Update a Chrome Sink

It's not just the walls that can be refreshed with paint, but a chrome sink too. All it takes is some sandpaper and a cheap can of spray paint (designed for metal). That's a fraction of what you'd pay for a whole new sink. Another option is to change out the faucet with one that's more stylish. 

Replace Light Fixtures

Replacing light fixtures - even if it's only one, can really make a difference in the appearance of your kitchen and you can find some very appealing options for well under $100. Choose a chrome, rustic, or more upscale light fixture that matches the decor you already have or the color of the room. You might want to think about accent lights which not only add the visual interest they can make it easier to see when preparing meals. 

Switch Out Lightswitch and Outlet Plates

Even replacing your outlet and light switch plates, which doesn't cost much at all, can give a whole new look to your kitchen. There are all sorts of options these days with decorative, colorful outlet covers in bronze, chrome or even Steampunk. 

Hang Up Shelves and Add Interesting Decor and Other Items

Shelves can be used for storage as well as adding all sorts of decor, plants, or attractive kitchenware. Floating shelves look great and are good for displaying dishes and glasses along with an artwork. For open spaces above the sink, place dish soap and useful items intermingled with houseplants.

Change Out Cabinet and Drawer Hardware

Another simple and inexpensive but high-impact option is to replace the hardware on the kitchen drawers and cabinets. It's a great way to infuse personality into your space, especially if you can find vintage pieces - local estate sales can be a treasure trove for those items. If that's not an option, look online for colorful, decorative drawer pulls and knobs. 


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