Kitchens and bathrooms are the selling points of a house, they’re also the big dollar rooms. Can’t afford to redesign your kitchen? Or do you live in an apartment [like me] where redesign is a no go? Here are 15 easy ways to spruce up your space and get the most bang for your buck.
1. Swap out that generic hand soap bottle or bar for a fancy soap pump.
[soap pump - bed bath & beyond - $6]
2. Keep everything unified by also having a matching soap dish to hold sponges, scrapers, sink stoppers, or um.. soap!
[soap dish - bed bath & beyond - $5]
3. Use matching canisters for all of your baking supplies. Flour, sugar, etc. I prefer clear ones so that I can see when I need to refil them, since I use them so often.
[Helvetica canisters with rubber seal [very important!] – thrifted from Etsy – $35]
4. Use snazzy containers for your everday items like salt, pepper, creamer, etc. I like my cow creamer, it tends to be a conversation piece :)
[sea salt grinder/pepper mill - target - $10, kitchen timer - ikea - $3,
cow creamer - kitchen botique - $6, misc. jars - thrifted, sugar dispenser - thrifted]
5. Keep all of your utensils in a large ceramic or stainless jar. Now all your spatulas, whisks, spoons, etc. aren’t wasting space in your drawers, and are contained in one place right where you need them.
[I repurposed an old flour canister. You can easily thrift this.. get creative!]
6. Another way to clear up space in your drawers is to put your spices on display. Spices come in an array of rich colors, so why not display them to add a punch of color to your space?
[magnetic spice jars - ikea - 3/$6]
7. Use fun bottles for your olive oil and vinegrettes. Store otherwise unattractive items in attractive ways.
[bottles all thrifted, tea caddy - world market - $8]
8. Display your pasta and other grains. It provides easy access for cooking while also adding some color and texture to your countertop.
[all jars thrifted - $1 each]
9. Get your cereal out of the box. This keeps your dried foods fresher longer, and again I like to use something transparent so I can see when I’m running low.
[cereal canisters - ikea - $5]
10. Keep your recipes organized in a cute little storage box. This provides accessibility as well as a punch of color to help unify the space.
[storage box - ikea - 2/$5]
11. Use a chic drying rack. I don’t use my dishwasher and since my drying rack is constantly on display, I wanted something that isn’t an eyesore when it’s not being used. Also, when I need that extra counter space I can fold it up easily and tuck it away.
[drying rack - ikea - $5]
12. Have a bunch of the same thing? Corks, fruit, matchbooks, shells, soaps, bottle caps? Use apothecary jars to store your collections. Mine is currently holding my bottle cap collection for a future project.. I have a long way to go!
[apothecary jar - paul michael - $15]
13. Add some punchy colors in your accessories. I’m a firm believer in using color in your accessories rather than your investment pieces because your love of color may change with the season and then what? Repaint your cabinets? Now you can just swap out some minor details for a fresh new look! I’ve used some pops of yellow around the space to really tie everything together. [obviously the mixer was a bit of an investment, but for someone who bakes like I do it's already paid for itself]
[clock - target - $3, apron - williams sonoma - $20, paper towel holder - bed bath & beyond - $10]
14. Another way to add some quick color is to incorporate a fun durable rug. I chose a fun patterned rug that incorporates the color of my dishes, and the pops of yellow I have throughout.
[rug - urban outfitters - $18]
15. If you have boring solid cabinetry that really close in your space, try taking down your cabinet doors for a whole new look. The downside to this is you have to keep your dishes and glassware organized, but its a great way to display everything and really open up the space.
So there you have it! 15 simple ways to update your kitchen on a budget. The kitchen is the main focal point of a home, so why not accentuate it? Making your kitchen your own will make you want to use it more, and will also encourage others to do the same. Do you have any tips or tricks you personally use to snazz up your kitchen?
Until next time!