Are you thinking about updating your kitchen but don’t have or want to spend thousands of pounds? Spending so much time at home, we’re either bored of the same four walls or noticing the areas that need a bit of TLC. Fall in love with your kitchen all over again with these small changes that you can make today. You’ll be amazed at the difference they can make. 

Organise your kitchen 

Organising your kitchen cabinets and drawers will help you see what you have so you don’t buy any more of it and also what you can up-cycle. If things are hard to find or pots and pans are not easy to access, you’ll end up feeling frustrated when you are in the kitchen. Once organised you can see where you can make your life easier whether that’s with spice racks or pan and plate shelves that can slot into your cupboard. Even though organising can take a long time, the feeling is so rewarding afterwards! 

Small touch-ups go a long way

Maybe your kitchen doesn’t need a whole new look but could do with some repainting. Neutral colours can make a room look fresh and brand-new and will not go out of fashion. However, if you can’t afford to buy new pots of paint right now, you can pick up ‘magic erasers’ for the walls which remove stains and marks on the walls easily. 

If you have radiators in your kitchen, you can buy spray paint specifically for them to either brighten them up or change their colour. 


You need to consider accessories when it comes to interior design within your kitchen. Update it by adding some colour and personality with plants and prints. 

You can also decant products like washing-up liquid and hand wash into expensive looking bottles for as little as £2 or if you have containers already, spray paint them to refresh! Accents of black is on-trend at the moment and looks very sophisticated. 

Change is good

A simple yet thrifty way to make a big difference to your kitchen is by swapping your door handles for something new. They’re easy to replace and you can pick these up for reasonable prices online.

Lighting is a great way to change the feel of a room and by adding under-cabinet lighting it can help create a calming mood. There are lots of inexpensive lighting options online and they’re easy to apply too.

Tackle the floors 

Update your kitchen by putting in new grouting on your floor tiles to give them that crisp look again, grout pens are a great option to help you do this. If you’d rather not do this, I highly recommend a steam clean, which really helps lift stubborn dirt and makes floor tiles look like new.

Get creative 

This is a big one as it requires some DIY and creativity, but is the thriftiest way to update your kitchen for a fraction of the cost of a new one. 

You can transform your current cupboard doors by painting them a new colour (make sure you buy the paint specifically for this purpose) or you can buy vinyl to cover them and your worktops. Vinyl has come a long way since the 70’s and there are so many options now – from marble and wood effect to amazing patterns.  

There is also the option of painting and stencilling your current floor tiles, where you can choose from different patterns to get the look you want, whether that’s country or traditional. 

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