5 Budget Friendly Kitchen Upgrades

5 Budget Friendly Kitchen Upgrades

Here are 5 Budget Friendly Kitchen Upgrades, to add a custom feeling to any kitchen with out breaking the bank. 

Do you want to upgrade your kitchen, but don’t have the extra funds for a complete over haul? Here are 5 Budget Friendly Kitchen Upgrades to add a custom feeling to any kitchen with out breaking the bank. 

Project 1:  Change Out Your Pantry Door

This is  another simple upgrade which will improve your home and give your kitchen a little personality. Yes doors can range anywhere from $100 up to $1,000. Mine seen below, was $144 at Home Depot, and I added the PANTRY logo myself which kept the project very cost effective.

Complete details are available at  Upgrade Your Pantry Door

Project 2: Upgrade & Organize Your Pantry Shelves

There is nothing worse than  opening up a pretty pantry door and having a wholly mess behind it. I think of it kind of like a linen closet you want to keep it clean and organized so you find what your are looking for at a moments notice. The project required removing the builder grade ventilated shelved and adding solid wood shelves, which keeps items from falling through the cracks. We added headboard to make the walls esthetically pleasing and add to the rustic feel. Baskets and Mason jars you used to keep spaces clearly labeled and organized. 

See all the details at: DIY Farmhouse Pantry Shelves

Project 3:  Upgrade Your Kitchen Island

If you follow my blog you know that I just recently added wainscots panels to to base of my kitchen island to give it a more custom feel. I opted to do the wainscots panels, because it matched the existing columns in my home.  Please do not think you are limited to only this option. To make you island your own you could add bead board, reclaimed wood pallet boards, judge’s panels, board and batten or even just paint it a bright fun color.  This was one of the easiest things to do, that gives you son much bang for your buck. 

Check out this super easy weekend DIY at: Upgrade Your Kitchen Island.

Project 4:  Add a Coffee Nook

Make yourself a fun coffee bar using a old piece of furniture, or coffee corner in a designated area of your kitchen. I have used this trick in two houses that I lived in, and I promise it gives you kitchen an instant facelift with things you already own. Just designate an area in your kitchen, it could be as simple as a upper cabinet as seen below, and put everything you need to have your own little coffee bar. I even included a small trash can to discard your empty pods and stir sticks. Added in a selection of coffee syrups and a variety of hot beverage choices, now all you are missing is the barista.

You can see more details about my coffee bar at my: Spring Forward Coffee Bar post. 

Project 5: 

Don’t forget the Windows, one of the easiest things to add color and decoration to kitchen is installing window treatments. A cute little cafe curtain, a cornice board or roman shades come to mind. Not a curtain fan? Well you can add a fun custom sign, these are so popular right now. You would utilize the sign, in the place of a cornice board over the window. We actually made our own DIY custom sign in lieu of hanging roman shades or cafe curtains.  

Check out our full tutorial here at: Rustic Barnwood- Sunday Brunch.

Bonus Designer Tip: Set The Table

You would be surprised at the number of people that over look this super simple decorating tip.  It is literally one of the easiest way to decorate your kitchen table or island for the season. Make sure to layer your pieces for a true lux feel, and keep in cohesive colors. Chargers, placemats, plates and napkins, maybe add in a fun decorative plate to mirror the season or color story.  You can get tips like this and all the inside scoops on my must have items to make cooking of a crowd so easy just stop by:  Top 12 Kitchen Essentials for Holiday Entertaining.

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99 Comments

  1. I love it!! You should totally change it out. I will be posting a DIY step by step post later this month, so check back in 🙂 Have some helpful tips for the process.

  2. Such cute ideas! I love little DIY home projects! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. All of these ideas are fab! I especially like the update to the island and that coffee bar. Such great ideas!

  4. Jerry B.

    What great ideas they are simple and easy, plus your are right they will not break the bank.

  5. Victoria

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  13. I recently added a coffee nook to our kitchen and we love it! These are great ideas.

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    What a great site! I love that I have found so many options to make my kitchen feel new again. I am not handy so the easier the better! Thanks.

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    I really love that pantry door, and it seems like an quick and easy upgrade. Also that kitchen island is pretty fantastic too! Love you blog honey!

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