It’s to fall in love with that perfect home. It’s in the perfect location, the perfect school district in the perfect neighborhood. However, the kitchen is a little dated. Every potential homeowner has had to weigh the potential pros and cons of this problem. If you had to stretch your budget to get into your dream neighborhood—try some of these ways to upgrade your kitchen without major renovations.

Get Rid of The Bulk

Studies show that consumers want an open, airy flow in their homes. Most have heard of the open concept—but believe it is unattainable without stripping down some load-bearing wall. However, it may be much simpler than that. Removing large bulky furniture or objects from your kitchen can make space seem much larger than it appears. Try adding mirrors to give the illusion of a larger, more open space.

Update Hardware

A simple hardware change on your cabinets may be just what you’re looking for. Old outdated cabinets too many times have old outdated hardware. This is something that is typically overlooked during a home showing. Your local hardware store will have a high quality selection at reasonable prices.

Update Your Lighting

Lighting has a dramatic effect on how a room makes you feel and how guests feel when they enter the room. Changing the lighting décor can help spread the light around your kitchen and make it feel more cozy and comfortable. This is an extremely simple fix that can be completed in less than a few hours.

Get New Appliances

This is probably the most obvious. Getting new appliances doesn’t have to be a dramatic pain—it can be a simple, smooth transition. First, measure the space where the old appliances are. Make sure you get the correct measurements—so measure twice. Second, get new appliances. Third, have appliances delivered and installed! That simple. If price is an issue, try getting one appliance at a time—or looking for open box returns to lower the costs.


Painting a room can make it look brand-new. But painting your cabinets can make your kitchen look brand-new. Sometimes things just need to be brought up to date. There’s nothing like putting a little bit of hard work into your own home and making it look just the way you want. The kitchen is no exception. Putting a clean touch of paint on the wall can revitalize a space and make it look clean and organized. If you can’t decide where to start—start here.

There are plenty of ways to remodel your kitchen without having to do major renovations. The trick is to find out what you can do yourself, the time you need and what materials you need. If you don’t have the knowledge or expertise start a project, look for instructional/how-to videos on the web. Changing your kitchen space doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. Set some time aside and develop an attack plan.