Five Easy Ways to Update your Kitchen Without Breaking the Bank

I am so excited to introduce you to my dear friend, Sunny! When we lived in Atlanta for 2 years during my husband’s graduate school program, Sunny was our next door neighbor and became a sweet friend. Sunny is a skilled interior designer and has agreed to provide us with some money-saving tips for home design here at Simply Frugal Living!

Sunny and I share a great love for tea and enjoyed many afternoons chatting over a cup of tea in the kitchen or garden. I learned much from her love of design and the beautiful way in which she decorated her home.

Today’s topic is: Five easy ways to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.


  • Install new hardware on your cabinets.  Need to spend even less?  Try spray-painting them instead–matte black for an oil-rubbed bronze look, or matte silver for a brushed-nickel look.
  • Get new dishtowels and oven mitts.
  • New kitchens now include some wall-hung shelves, as well as cabinets.  To try this look, remove the cabinet doors over a sink or stove or any focal area. For a custom look, you could install wallpaper on the back wall inside the cabinet. You can even install under-cabinet puck lighting inside the now-open cabinet. Get creative! Use these areas to highlight pretty dishes, glassware, or anything else that will go with the look you want in your kitchen.
  • Find or make new window treatments that will let the sunlight in!
  • If red or green is your accent color, place a bowl of Red Delicious or Granny Smith apples in a glass bowl on the counter. Not only pretty to look at, but encourages healthy snacking!
  • Collect dishware, like tea pots or plates? Display on a shelf, on top of cabinets, etc. Group in units of three or five. Your home should reflect your personality, and you will love being able to look at them every day!  If your collection is larger, rotate every few months to update.

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