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Simple Ways to Upcycle your Kitchen

The idea of having a new kitchen is I am sure something that crosses many of our minds, but of course it isn't something that comes cheap. That said it doesn't have to cost a fortune if you look to work with what you already have or look to only change some items in the room.




However, if you are still struggling with ideas on what you could change in your kitchen, on a budget. I have put together some ideas for you:

Choose One Area to Change.

So you have a bit of money to spend, well how about having a look around your kitchen and choosing an area to spend that money on. You could look to change the cabinet doors, paint the walls or change the work surfaces. Just changing one of these areas could make a huge difference in how your kitchen looks and feels around you. Kitchen Warehouse has some lovely ideas to help you decide which area you might like to work on as well.

Switch Your Accessories.

As with any room accessories can make a huge difference, so why not look to change them? If you are working on a really tight budget it is amazing the things you can find on sale or in charity shops to just help make your home have that unique flavour we all long for.

Simple Ways to Upcycle your Kitchen

Modify those Cabinets.

I spoke about how you could look at replacement kitchen doors in the first section, however, you don't have to look to fully replace. You could also look to repaint them or change the handles. While both of these options are simple and not too expensive, they can really make a difference to the overall look of your kitchen.

Create a Feature Wall.

Again if you don't want to go all out and fully redecorate, the creation of a feature wall can really add an extra depth to the room. You could use wallpaper instead of paint as this is one way to add a different texture. While something like chalk paint could make the wall useful as well as different.

Change Those Tiles.

If your splashback is looking a bit dull and dreary why not think about changing the tiles used. You could look to change them all, or just some. Making a feature of the area, rather than a bland space of single coloured tiles.

So there you have some ideas on how to change your kitchen around on a budget, but how about you, do you have any ideas on how to make your kitchen feel new, while not spending a fortune?


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This article has 96 comments

  1. bev

    Great read. Changing the tiles is a fab idea.

  2. wendy

    I really like the idea of a feature wall with a different texture. This is great information!

  3. Cassie

    I love Kitchen Warehouse. You gave some amazing tips!

  4. candy

    Paint is also a really easy way to update any space. Just pick one wall and paint it. Changing around the accessories is another perfect way.

  5. Amber

    I do want to update my kitchen. We want new cabinets and flooring. At some point we’ll get that done!

  6. Kelly

    I recently did a piece on eco friendly ways to renovate your kitchen and in my research I found out about Plykea, a company which makes chic Scandi-style plywood doors for standard Ikea kitchens, which I thought was an awesome way of updating your kitchen. Like you suggested, we updated our tiles and re-sanded our counter a few years ago and it really refreshed things rather than getting a whole new kitchen.

  7. jmanandmillerbug

    We are process of figuring out what we want to do the kitchen. Ours is definitely dated and needs an update. The first thing I want to do is put tiles as a backsplash and then maybe refinish our cabinets.

  8. Tasheena Nicole Johnson

    Love your tips! I always try to up cycle whatever I can in our home. It’s so easy to forget all about the amazing uses a product can have.

  9. Cristina Coroiu

    Great tips. My parents recently changed the flooring in the kitchen. It looks so much better now.

  10. Beautybeyondphysique

    I really want to remodel my moms kitchen. This post has giving really interesting ideas. Thank u

  11. Melissa Chapman

    My kitchen needs a full makeover but if I could brighten up my cabinets I would be happier. Your ideas for upgrading the kitchen will get us through before the big renovation.

  12. Ally

    I would love to create a feature wall! Our kitchen is relatively modern and new but we definitely want to put our own touch on it – thank you for the suggestions – we will be following!

  13. tara pittman

    I like the idea of switching things on the countertops. I do need a new look.

  14. Alex Gladwin (@bumptobaby_blog)

    These are some really good ideas. We’re about to have our kitchen done and I can’t wait. The kitchen is the heart of the home for us. x

  15. Lisa Favre

    I would love new cabinets but it’s not really too realistic for me right now. I think changing the handles could make the world of a difference though!

  16. Natalie Jerebic

    Our kitchen could really use a facelift. I think we need to tackle our tiles, both floor and backsplash first!

  17. Felicita Moncada

    Great tips! I am always looking for ways to help our environment and upcycling items is definitely one of them. I usually try to DIY whatever I can.

  18. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I find the best way to change the look of a kitchen is to change cabinet hardware, as well as placemats if you use them. I don’t use accessories and I would never paint wood cabinetry.

  19. mickey

    I would love to give our kitchen a makeover and these are some good ideas but not sure if the landlord would let us.

  20. Karen Morse

    I think these are great tips! These are exactly what I did when we were remodeling the living room!

  21. rhianwestbury

    I put tiles in my kitchen and it instantly changed things the way things look. I can’t wait to have a proper kitchen to really do things with x

  22. Alison Rost

    I think a feature wall would be amazing in a kitchen just like in the bed room or living room. These tips are totally applicable for the other areas in your home that you want to remodel.

  23. Stephanie Pass

    These sound like great ideas to do an update. I really want to change my island countertop into a granite one so I can cut on it.

  24. Margaret Gallagher

    Hoping for a total refurb later this year – may not be possible – great suggestions

  25. Farrah Less

    I like the backslash very elegant looking. We are planning to do some upgrade on our kitchen too this is very helpful for us.

  26. chubskulit rose

    Your kitchen setting is beautiful. Our kitchen is very outdated and in badly need of reno but we still working on the budget to do it.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Oh it only that was ours haha! Sadly not though ours is probably the best one we have had in many years so I shouldn’t complain too much.

  27. Peter

    We have been even contemplating a kitchen fix for some time now. I would love a feature wall with added texture

  28. Anita

    It is about time for my kitchen to have a facelift. These are great ideas. I like the idea of a feature wall or section!

  29. What Corinne Did

    I’d defo make a feature wall. Maybe even have some wall art made. Don’t know. Moving the decorations or getting new ones could be good too. I don’t have my own kitchen yet as i don’t have my own flat ahah

  30. Nina

    A feature wall sounds like such an easy thing to do. You can just paint that wall a different color or find some cool things to hang on it.

  31. lina ray

    I can hardly manage to arrange my kitchen. I love your tips and am going to apply some of them. Thanks.

  32. Heather

    My kitchen is fine. It just isn’t my style at all. I’d love to give it a little makeover so it feels like a space that I fit in.

  33. Nikka Shae

    This is a great idea as I was to update our kitchen, but we don’t have to budget for it now.

  34. Linda Hobbis

    I love the idea of a feature wall – it could be somewhere to put all the kids’ artwork – and I have loads of it.

  35. David Allen Elliott

    There are some good ways to change things up in the kitchen. A feature wall would really be a nice way to add some more energy to the kitchen space.

  36. Jennifer Mitchell

    I tend to switch out my decor and of course my dishes when the season changes. It makes for a nice change without going through a whole redo.

  37. Meagan Badore

    These are all great tips to change your kitchen up. Just one simple change can make a room look totally different.

  38. anosa

    These are great tips, my parents are working on changing the kitchen up and they are doing it one area at a time

  39. AnnMarie John

    I’ve been working on my kitchen for some time now! I really wish I saw this post sooner. It would have helped me decide better!

  40. Bethany

    I couldn’t agree more, I love kitchens were the walls are different. Like painted and then one is wallpaper, it really adds to the ambience

  41. karamel_kc

    Using more of the walls is great idea always looking for extra space for decoration

  42. Globalmouse (@globalmouse1)

    We’re hoping to move house soon so these are great tips as I’m sure we won’t be able to do everything at once, I like the idea of just changing tiles as they can make such a difference.

  43. Laura Dove

    Great tips! I think choosing one area to change is a really good idea, sometimes it can feel too overwhelming otherwise!

  44. Danielle

    I think that changing the cabinets can make such a huge difference and make a kitchen look much more modern. That’s what we are planning on doing soon.

  45. Elizabeth Keene

    We have been thinking our kitchen needed a face lift but did not want to put a ton of work into it. These are some great ideas.

    XOXO
    Elizabeth Keene

  46. Jem

    I love all these ideas to up cycle your kitchen. The fact that there really simple make some more achievable.

  47. Heather Stone

    My kitchen has been in a much-needed state of a makeover and I love how you can do simple things –big or small and it gives it a completely new look. I love love that cabinet drawer handles.

  48. Susie Wilkinson

    My kitchen is desperately in need of some TLC, so there’s some things to think about here! We’ve been offered some kitchen doors, so that’s definitely on our agenda.

  49. Nicole

    These are all really great tips! We put an accent wall in our kitchen to give it a littlemore life, along with unique decor! I would love to switch up the tiles and countertops, definitely next on the fixer upper list! Thanks for sharing!

  50. Mo

    I changed the handles of the cabinets and they sure do make a difference.

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