How to Upgrade Your Kitchen Slowly but Surely

Achieving your dream kitchen is something anyone would want, but major renovations can be expensive and take up a lot of time. You might not have the time or budget to get it done all in one go.


The good news is that you don’t have to! If you don’t have the money to revamp your entire kitchen, you can break the different steps down into more manageable bites over a few months or years.

Here are a few tips if you want to upgrade your kitchen step by step.

Start With Useful Elements

It’s a good idea to start with upgrades and renovations that serve a practical purpose and will be really useful for you. If you’re short on storage, then focusing on increasing your storage space first will help make your life in the kitchen easier.

Simple things like fitting your sink with water filter faucet can be a real game changer, too, without costing you loads of money or taking a lot of time.

Of course, if you have aesthetic changes that are really important to you, you can prioritize these too!

Prioritise Repairs

Another factor you should focus on first is repairing any damage or issues already in your kitchen. If you leave damage for too long, it might become worse over time and even unmanageable or irreparable.

This is why repairing damage should be your first priority when starting renovations of any sort in your kitchen. Make sure that your plumbing is all in good nick (to avoid any leaks), and ensure that the structure is all still solid. This will give you a good, fresh slate for any upgrades you want to make or aesthetic changes in the future.

Budget For Big Renovations

When it comes to any major renovations, creating a budget is key. You’ll want to plan carefully for these and perhaps save them for later once you’ve had more time to save up for them.

When creating your budget, make sure to account for things that might change or go wrong. Overbudgeting slightly is a tip that most experts give to first-time renovators since you never know what might happen during the process. Bigger renovations will usually require professional help and thus be more expensive, too, so this is something to consider.

DIY When Possible

Of course, if your budget is of major concern, then you should try to do as much of the work as you can on your own. Look for home improvement videos online to help you figure out how to tackle various projects and even find new ideas for your kitchen upgrades.

You should be mindful not to take on projects that are out of your scope and ability, though – for the sake of your safety. Always call for professional help or the help of a trusted friend to assist you when using tools and equipment you might not be familiar with.

Keep Aesthetics in Mind

When doing your DIY projects and planning for bigger projects, keep in mind the overall style and aesthetic you’re going for.

Be mindful not to tackle a cabinetry project that gives off a rustic, farmhouse vibe when the end goal for your kitchen’s look is modern and sleek. When doing small upgrades over time, you run the risk of clashing styles as different ideas come to you. Avoid this by coming up with a clear plan and idea before you start anything and sticking to it throughout the entire process!

Add Decorative Elements Last

When all the big, important work is done, you can focus on décor for your kitchen. While this is typically one of the most exciting parts of the journey (as well as one of the easiest), it’s best to leave this for last so you know exactly what type of room you’re shopping for.

Buying décor too far in advance might lead to you making style changes and regretting your purchases or being stuck with décor that doesn’t really match the overall look of your kitchen.

If you’re sure you will be sticking to the same theme, you could purchase a few items ahead of time but try to avoid this as far as possible.

Final Thoughts

A big kitchen overhaul doesn’t have to take place over a few short weeks. You can take your time to plan, budget, save, and tackle projects bit by bit until you have achieved the ultimate look.

The above tips will help you manage your renovation, even if it takes years to get there.

Abigail Jones

Hi, I'm Abigail. I like spending time tearing my house apart and putting it together back again. Join me on home improvement tutorials, tips on my blog.

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