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A Kitchen Makeover on a Budget

By: Staff Published: June 4, 2024

A complete kitchen makeover isn’t practical for many of us – it’s expensive, messy and disruptive. But you can update your space on a budget, making it more functional and more beautiful.


While expanding the footprint of your kitchen may not be possible, maximizing the space you have likely is.

Start by taking advantage of every inch of your pantry and cabinets. Even if you’re renting, you can use kitchen organizers like stacking shelves or the Hanging Hideaway shelf 3-pack that don’t require any installation.

kitchen wall rack

Make room for snacks, spices and utensils with an adjustable rack.

Don’t let an open wall go to waste. Hang shelving or a wall and door rack to store food and small appliances. Another option, especially for tenants, is adding a freestanding pantry. Our Modular Closet kits have a high-end look and are easy to build and install.

Organize your wine bottles in an attractive way with a countertop rack. A bamboo folding wine rack lets you display your collection when you have guests. And you can easily stow the rack away when the wine has been consumed.

When you think creatively about your kitchen’s usable space, it will become more functional.

Decorative Elements

Having a workable kitchen makes preparing meals easier. Having a beautiful kitchen makes it more enjoyable. You might think renovating it would cost thousands and take months, but there are ways to refresh without breaking the bank.

You don’t have to replace the cabinets to give your kitchen a makeover. Consider repainting them instead. According to Builder magazine, bolder colors are in. Why not change your white cabinets to blue, green or even pink? If you’re not quite brave enough to repaint them all, start with the bottom cabinets or the island.

Don’t want to paint? Swapping out the hardware for the latest trends, brushed gold or polished nickel, will instantly modernize the kitchen.

kitchen backsplash

Changing the backsplash can create an immediate impact.

Replacing a damaged or outdated backsplash doesn’t have to be expensive. Choose low-cost tiles like subway tiles that are easy to install. Or go for peel-and-stick backsplashes that don’t require tile cutters or grout to install. All you need are scissors!

Giving your kitchen a refresh can be fun – and not stressful! Share your budget-friendly kitchen makeovers on social media by tagging ClosetMaid.

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