Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank
Add sizzle and good looking design to your space with some inexpensive small kitchen remodel ideas. These small kitchen storage ideas and simple diy projects can help you upgrade even a poor layout. Get inspired to add in some special decor (maybe even some fun open storage?) and find ways to make your kitchen look and feel the best it can. The results just might shock you!
How to Use Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas to Help You Love Your Kitchen More
The before of our small kitchen remodel
I’ve spent hours dreaming about the possibilities of our small kitchen.
In reality, one small change would have a domino affect that would lead to spending thousands and thousands of dollars.
That’s just not gonna happen for us anytime soon!
And yet…I want my kitchen to be a place I enjoy spending time in – now!
Are you in the same boat?
Much like the kitchen remodel before & after that I did in our previous house, I decided I wanted to see what I could do to make our current kitchen look and function better – without spending much money!
To give you a reference, the last time we did a kitchen before & after , here’s where it ended up:
The new paint color at least got rid of the horrible color that it came with when we moved into the townhouse.
And, my favorite part was the little coffee station we took out a cupboard for.
It has largely remained the same since then (December of 2016!).
Define what you want to change and why you’d like to remodel
Before I start any room makeover process, I always try to define what is bugging me. In this case, there were 2 things:
- The kitchen felt dark and dreary to work in. I wanted to get out of it as soon as possible!
- Baking anything was difficult as all my supplies were in the smallest corner of the kitchen. I felt squished as I tried to work.
Small kitchen paint colors can be a very dramatic remodel tool
I decided that I could perhaps make my kitchen feel both brighter and bigger if I painted it a lighter color. I chose to paint it Simply White by Benjamin Moore – as it is the white I have in almost the entire rest of the house.
And bonus, I already had an extra can of paint right here at home. (Which means, a no cost remodel – which is a win-win in my books!)
Although it took 4 coats of paint to cover, I instantly liked the feel of the room so much more.
Another big change was removing that horribly unsightly duct for the stove fan. We never used the fan anyway, so we just left it off.
Rearrange items so that you can maximize small kitchen storage options
The second thing I did was to move all my baking supplies over to the largest work space.
Oh, my goodness! I can’t believe what a difference such a small change makes!
Now I don’t have to cram myself into a tiny corner when it’s time to use the mixer!
Freshen up the decor
The open shelves above the coffee maker are a great place to add some personality – and storage – into our small space. So, I decided to totally switch it up with some boho modern decor.
Wood shelves and warm wood decor accents add lots of character to this otherwise black and white space.
I hadn’t thought of adding art to the back of the shelf until I started looking for kitchen ideas, and spied this new cottagecore decor trend!
Live houseplants in the windowsill and on the shelf also add lots of life and color to the space. Not to mention, I now have fresh mint easy to use!
So, there you have it – some super budget friendly & simple ways to remodel your kitchen and get a whole new look – without removing any walls, cupboards, or countertops!
More Small Kitchen ideas:
- Small kitchen storage ideas
- An under kitchen sink mat you can diy!
- 80s kitchen cabinets makeover
- How to turn a cabinet into small kitchen pantry storage
- Kitchen cabinet organization for small kitchens
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I love your kitchen and what you’ve done to refresh it. I need your kitchen set down in the middle of mine.😁 I know that sounds crazy. I have a lot of storage but it is so high. For an almost 75 year old it’s very impractical. I should not be on ladders. While reading your post, it gave me the idea of using under-the-counter space in more practical ways. Yay! Why didn’t I think of that before. Thank you! I’m going in there right now and plan that.
Great ideas for updating a small kitchen, Rita. You know I’m especially fond of open shelving. And removing that duct made an amazing difference! Pinned!
It looks amazing, Rita Joy! It’s unreal how much of a difference paint can make. Removing the vent duct was genius! Thanks for the great ideas!