The kitchen is arguably one of the more highly-used rooms in the house, both for food preparation and, in some cases, for family members to hang out in and talk about their respective days. It makes sense to decorate it in a way that inspires the people spending time in it. But sometimes, the budget just isn’t available, no matter how drab and needing a make-over you find your kitchen to be.

Good news! There are definitely plenty of ideas that you can try to remodel your kitchen without spending too much.

1. Cabinets: Paint, don’t replace.

Sometimes, your kitchen cabinets and even appliances may appear a little downtrodden. Instead of thinking about replacing them – which can be costly – try some paint. Not only will it cover up any spots and discolorations on just about any surface in your kitchen, it can also give a whole new look to the surfaces it covers – even your dishwasher

2. Walls: Add stripes or patterns.

Had enough of the same plain walls you’ve been looking at for years? Try adding some patterns or stripes to them to immediately turn it from drab to fab. It won’t even cost as much as repainting all of your walls!

3. Floor: Paint and stencil.

Your floor looking a little worse for wear? Try some stencil and, yes, paint. It doesn’t take much to change the look of your kitchen floor, just pick a nice stencil design, apply paint in the color of your preference using the stencil, let the paint dry, and you’ll be seeing an interesting and fresh floor design in no time.

4. Working surface: Build a kitchen island

If you’re pretty good with DIY projects, then you can definitely take on the task of building a kitchen island yourself. Otherwise, they’re available for purchasing at reasonable prices so you can just buy a new kitchen island to install in your cooking space to add plenty of working surfaces in your kitchen.

6. Lighting: Recycle cups

There are a lot of ways you can create lighting solutions by recycling stuff you’ve already grown tired of. In this case, you can utilize coffee cups and saucers, and assemble them together to appear as if they were upside down and spilling “coffee” in the form of light. You can let your creativity run its course and recycle other items as well to add a bit of whimsy to your kitchen lighting.

7. Storage: Kitchen Drawer Upgrade

By using wooden inserts in your kitchen drawers, you can create segments with which to organize your silverware. It’s a simple, yet beautiful and effective upgrade that does away with using plastic, movable trays.

8. Countertop: Paint on the granite

Granite countertops are pricey, but you can definitely get the granite look without spending too much. The easy and cheap way to do this is by using specialized granite paint, which is great in adding a granite look to your kitchen’s countertop. Using the specialized paint, brushes, rollers, and sponges, you’ll get the same look for just a fraction of the original price.

A kitchen that you actually want to spend time in is a better-used kitchen. Remodelling this area of the house to suit your taste and needs shouldn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.