Many of my readers spend a lot of time in the kitchen, just like I am. And I’m sure multitasking while your soup is getting ready, is no news for you, right, ladies?
Your kids might be doing homework, helping you in decorating a cake, while you are checking emails or watching your favorite show on YouTube – and all this is happening in the kitchen. This is why so many users are looking for kitchen ideas on a budget, which allow you to use every surface in the workspace the best way while keeping it pretty and stylish.
With that being said, there are many challenges in kitchen design ideas, because traditionally they are quite small and the layouts are also limited by the location of the pipes and exhaust systems in the buildings.
We recently moved to our new home, and while thinking about our kitchen remodeling, I made a collection of DIY kitchen ideas.
Before you start making any changes, it’s important that you know the answers to those three important questions. I hope the photos and examples I found will help you clarify the doubts and move on to your DIY kitchen project.
Prepping up something to eat in the kitchen is more than just a practical life skill. It is also a passion, a talent. And just like all kinds of passion, cooking requires a bit of motivation and inspiration. The best kind of inspiration in this case is your kitchen environment. If you’ve been meaning to give your kitchen a fresh, new look but can’t due to lack of money, you’ll be glad to come across some of our fantastic kitchen ideas on a budget.
HOW TO REMODEL KITCHEN ON A BUDGET
Last year in the summer, I wanted so badly to remodel my kitchen. I had already moved out of my parent’s house and was able to rent an old apartment that was just big enough for a 23-year old single woman like me. But the kitchen was not good. I mean the faucet and everything else worked fine but since the apartment was pretty old, the kitchen wasn’t as aesthetic as I wanted it to be.
And you know me. I love food. Not only do I love to eat but I also love to cook my own. And so, you can expect that I really need a lot of inspiration in the kitchen. And from how my kitchen looked at that time, it just wouldn’t cut it.
I decided that I needed to remodel the new kitchen but there was one problem. I didn’t have enough money for it. Or at least I thought I didn’t.
I got some inspiration from a friend and to keep the long story short, I learned that I didn’t need to have lots of money to remodel my kitchen. I just needed to be more creative. Here are some ideas on how to remodel a kitchen on a budget:
- Paint the upper cabinets
It’ll do a lot of wonders, more than what you think. This will make the counter space look bigger, especially with new hardware.
- Add some wallpaper to the fridge
Trust me. It will give your small kitchen space a modern look.
- Change the doors
You would have known that the door could make your kitchen look as if it was newly furnished?
- Update your kitchen floor
Removing the old tiles would definitely cost a lot. What you can do instead is to put new ceramic tiles on top of the old ones. It’ll save you a lot of money.
Now, why should we talk about modern kitchen ideas for small spaces? When I first thought about remodeling my kitchen, I thought that the redesigning would be the same for every kitchen but I was wrong. Kitchen remodeling can be a big impact in your home, whether you will just add pendant lights or light fixtures.
If you happen to have a small kitchen, I came up with some modern kitchen ideas for small spaces that you can emulate for your own perusal.
- Minimalist Style
Keep things plain and simple. You don’t need fancy equipment in the kitchen to make it look neat. Having a tone of black and white in the kitchen will do you a lot of good as far as aesthetics is concerned. It also saves you a lot of space in your small kitchen because the faucets and cabinets are sticking to the wall. And as far as the tables and chairs, you will have just enough room for them in your kitchen.
- Reflective Surfaces
This is a fairly simple concept but one that will make your kitchen look grand regardless of its size.
- Ditch the table
If your kitchen has a built-in desk of some sort, you could use that as a table. Admittedly, that’s what I did with my kitchen. It’s perfect for people who live alone.
KITCHEN IDEAS FOR CONDO
Let me tell you something. I never owned a condo before but I had a friend who has one. And guess which friend she called when she needed to do some remodeling in her kitchen? That’s right – me.
My friend has a thing for art. I wasn’t surprised that she suddenly wanted to do some refurbishing in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, she even mentioned to me that in the future, she wanted to incorporate a similar theme to the rest of her condo unit, especially her living room.
Anyways, we drafted several kitchen ideas for a condo, and here are some of my small kitchen ideas that are best for those who have limited budget:
- Wooden Kitchen
Of course, since it’s a condo, the kitchen isn’t really made of wood. Let me explain. The tiles have a wooden design. Even the cabinets are pretty much wooden. To add a bit of taste to the kitchen, you can make the cabinets darker compared to the flooring.
- Marble Kitchen
The cabinets are still wooden but the tabletops are made of marble. The refrigerator is made of steel.
- Lit Up Kitchen
You can try having the cabinets light brown while the tabletops are marble black. It would also be great if you could install two or four small chandeliers to keep the kitchen lit.
TIPS ON KITCHEN DESIGN
We do a lot of things in the kitchen every day. We want it to look good but you’d regret it if you don’t design it in a great way that makes it functional.
What if your kitchen looked like one you commonly see in a celebrity’s apartment but you could never get the chairs to be fit besides the tabletops? This could give you a lot of headaches on a day-to-day basis.
So good kitchen design is really important. Here are some of my tips on kitchen design.
- Wide walkways
You don’t want to tiptoe your way into the faucet or the fridge. You want to move freely in your apartment or condo. With that, you really need to take into consideration wide walkways. Take this into account as you start to add cabinets into the kitchen.
- Consider the table tops
Do you like to buy takeouts or do you prefer to cook your meal? I know for a fact that I like to cook mine. Hence, I made sure that my tabletops have a lot of small space so that when I am preparing something, I can move freely without bumping my arms into the corner.
- Knives should be near the cooking area
I know some people who store their knives several steps away from the tabletop where they prepare their meal. I get it. Some people enjoy walking around the kitchen. But when it comes to kitchen design, it is important to think about flexibility.
What if you had to hurry out and you needed to prep your meals quicker? If you ask me, the best way to go would be to place the knives exactly where you plan to prepare your meals.
Don’t wave goodbye just yet. We still have a ton of small budget kitchen ideas we want to share with you. Below are some of the most unique kitchen ideas you’ll find. These aren’t things you will find anywhere else on the internet because we designed these kitchens ourselves.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A SMALL KITCHEN LOOK BIGGER?
One of the most common approaches to making a small kitchen look bigger is by painting the walls and new cabinets in a light color, possibly even the same color. This way your eye will see no boundaries and storage space will immediately look bigger. Here are some examples of the small kitchens after the cabinets were painted.
Second advice to make a small kitchen look bigger is to incorporate open shelving. Open shelves reduce visual weight and create the illusion of a more expansive space. An
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT STYLES OF KITCHENS?
Traditional Kitchen Ideas
Farmhouse Kitchen Ideas
MODERN KITCHEN IDEAS
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF KITCHEN LAYOUT?
The one-wall kitchens are typical for lofts, studios, apartments with long and narrow kitchens and other small spaces.
Galley Kitchen Remodel Ideas
This efficient layout is also perfect for smaller spaces as they allow you to use every single inch of the space. The galley kitchens are also called a walk-through because you are supposed to walk between the two parallel countertops.
This personal design style is one of the best in the photo gallery of fresh kitchen ideas we have.You will have enough cooking space without having a large kitchen. The final result will show a whole new look.
Kitchens Island Ideas
A kitchen island allows you to add more workspace to a square-type and roomy kitchen. A kitchen island may include a sink to wash dishes, an oven or appliances and cabinetry for storage or a place to eat (with stools).
In addition, a fresh coat of paint will make the kitchen in good shape. You can choose to go for bright colors or plain ones. It can turn it in a different style without compromising the illusion of more space. You may also add new cabinet hardware- stainless steel perhaps-, a new backsplash, lower kitchen cabinets, or other creative design ideas.
KITCHEN IDEAS ON A BUDGET – DIY KITCHEN MAKEOVERS
I mentioned earlier that painting the cabinets in light colors is a trend, and it visually makes kitchens bigger. Here is another DIY example of this transformation.
As you can see, the cabinet doors have natural stone as a hardware. The interior designer made sure that it fits in any budget kitchen remodel ideas. The old kitchen will look better with white paint, and the storage solutions are more handy. This is the cheapest way to make a huge difference and huge impact in your kitchens.
DIY Project by isshereally
DIY Project – Painting Kitchen Cabinets at vanessasmodernvintagehome
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I’m Anastasia and I’m a full-time blogger, online entrepreneur, and Pinterest marketing strategist. I help digital entrepreneurs and bloggers drive targeted traffic from Pinterest either through my online courses or through Pinterest consultancy.
Thanks for the tip about painting with a light color!
Hi Amanda! Yes, that’s a great idea and quite popular in DIY projects on Pinterest.
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