11 Ways to Update Your Kitchen Without Remodeling


Renovating a kitchen is expensive. But there are cheap ways to update your kitchen.

With a limited budget to update our 80s kitchen, my dream marble-like quartz countertops were not going to happen. Instead, we opted to install new faux soapstone laminate countertops from Wilsonart.

Replace The Counter Tops and Sink

Nothing downgrades the look of a kitchen quicker than an old, leaky faucet. Even if yours isn’t quite leaking yet, a shiny new faucet is like beautiful piece of jewelry in your kitchen.

Replace The Faucet

Replacing your main light fixture is a quick DIY but also budget friendly to hire out if you’re not comfortable messing with electricity (and I don’t recommend DIYing this if you’re unfamiliar with it!).

Add New Lighting

If you’ve never tiled before, stick to a simple brick pattern or simple mosaic that won’t require any crazy cuts. Subway tile is always a good option as it looks classic and timeless, is incredibly budget friendly and very easy to install. 

Install a New Backsplash

Painting cabinets takes time and effort to do correctly so that it will last. I recommend Benjamin Moore Advanced sand in between coats and apply at least 3 coats of paint, with ample drying time between coats, you’ll have a job that lasts.

Paint The Cabinets

Stainless steel is still by far the most popular finish for appliances, especially if you’re planning on selling in the future. But many other finishes exist – including the new white appliances that are sleek any shiny, not textured like those of the past.

Replace The Appliances