9 Kitchen Updates on a Budget

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AD| Updating your home can end up costing you a fortune, but there are ways you can do home and kitchen updates on a budget.

You can do some really small updates, such as updating that ugly red mug tree to a black one (yes, I have just done this! I hated the mug tree we’ve had for years so finally got a new one!) or you can do something a bit more costly such as update your floor or granite worktops.

Also, you can do things slowly! You don’t have to buy everything at once. Our kitchen is very much a work in progress and we have been slowly upgrading it since we moved in two years ago.

So, let’s jump in and look at some kitchen updates you can do on a budget.

Easy Kitchen Updates on a Budget

9 Kitchen Updates on a Budget
DIY autumn in a jar

Style your shelves

If you have kitchen shelves, don’t be afraid to spruce them up every now and then. Add some flowers, a new candle, a fancy new mug. It doesn’t have to be much but it can help to change your whole kitchen.

Yesterday I styled up my rustic kitchen shelves ready for autumn. I bought some fairy lights and autumn wreath props from Amazon, I then put them in some glass jars and displayed them on my kitchen shelves. I moved some things around, put some autumn dried flowers on there too and I love how they turned out (picture below!)

I made a little Tiktok of making the jar, please take a look and give it a like. Any follows on there are also appreciated!

Swap out your prints

I love putting up prints! Gallery walls and other pictures in your kitchen can really brighten the place up. There’s nothing stopping you from changing your prints every so often. You could have different ones for different seasons! I’m thinking of changing my kitchen prints to ones that have a more wintery feel for the Christmas months. Watch this space – I’ll have a blog post about this soon.

Change the handles on your cupboards

Changing the handles on your kitchen cupboard doors can make a massive difference. It can transform the whole look of your cabinets from a generic kitchen to something more chic or modern. You can get some lovely door handles from Etsy!

If you’re feeling brave enough, then you can even spray paint your current ones yourself.

Paint your fridge

We have a built-in fridge, so this tip wouldn’t work for us but did you know that you can actually point your fridge? My neighbour painted her fridge and it’s made such a difference! You can read about how she did it here. She took a very average looking fridge and painted it into a beautiful, eye-catching piece in her kitchen.

9 Kitchen Updates on a Budget - kitchen shelves
My kitchen shelf upgrade

Get new kitchen worktops

Getting new kitchen worktops might not be as expensive as you think, especially if you don’t have much worktop space. I adore granite worktops and think they have some stunning patterns on them.

If you want to go even cheaper than that, you can get kitchen worktop vinyl covering for a great price! This is a great idea if you can’t decide what you want, try a vinyl covering and then upgrade your worktops properly at a later date.

Upgrade your sink

My kitchen has the standard stainless steel kitchen sink and tap. I’m not going to lie, I kind of hate it. It’s just boring. One day, I’d love a large butler sink! But for now, I’ll be looking to upgrade for something a bit cheaper. An all-black sink would look much better, you can get them from B&Q for around £100.

Add a backsplash

The dream for me is whites tiles with black grout. If you’re able to do it yourself – or know someone who can do it for you, you can buy the materials and save a fortune paying someone else to do it.

Want a quicker or cheaper option? You got it – vinyl!

Change up your table setting

A change of placemats, table runners or adding candle holders can style your kitchen and make it feel finished. I’m guilty of having our table empty, apart from a couple of Leo’s toys and the odd-sock he’s pulled off at some point in the day

But when I do my kitchen table setting, it makes the kitchen seem so much nicer! I feel I am due some new placemats. I’ve gone off ours a bit now.

Make your own shelves

My partner recently made some shelves for our utility room out of some old wood his mum had. He simply sanded them down, stained them and then put some shelf brackets on that we bought from Etsy. They turned out well and only cost us about £20 for the brackets as we already had the sanding paper and paint to stain them.

Have you ever done any kitchen updates on a budget?

This post is sponsored by then hcsupplies.co.uk.


  1. I would never have thought to paint a fridge! What a fantastic idea!
    I love swapping out my prints. It saves on having to buy more things and you can change it up with the season.
    Great post x

  2. The mug tree! Yes, I was so happy when we switched ours too! Some really great tips here – defo agree on a splashback. We did get subway tiles and it made such a difference – I can’t believe we lived with just a painted wall for so long! Ruth ruthwrites.blog

  3. The idea of changing door handles on cupboards is brilliant. That’s such an easy and affordable way to make an impactful change. I love it! I also love those Autumn in a jar decorations and am totally going to do that! 🙂

  4. I am in LOVE with the idea of painting the fridge, as that is such a simple and creative way to make a fridge look stylish and fit in to the kitchen better. Changing kitchen cabinet handles is also an innovative tip as I have never done it, but I think it would make a subtle and noticeable difference.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I have an older house, and I’m always fixing it up. Thanks for sharing these awesome ideas. Paint the fridge, I would of never thought of this!

  6. I agree with you, small changes like the ones you mentioned above are easy to do and they make a difference. We’ve removed the door and fixed the door frame and the difference it made is huge. I am very happy with it and the effort and money we’ve put into this was minimal.

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