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How’s your kitchen looking these days?

If it’s looking a little behind the times, you probably spend a lot of time dreaming of a full kitchen renovation.

After all, the kitchen is like the heart of the home for many. It’s definitely becoming more and more popular with homeowners to have a fresh, bright space to entertain friends and cook family meals — particularly in homes with open floor plans. Who wants to look at an ugly, dated kitchen?

Unfortunately, kitchen remodels can quickly get pricy.

If it’s not in the budget for you right now, don’t worry. Instead of just dealing with a kitchen you don’t love, why not try some of these inexpensive updates instead?

Here are 5 budget-friendly things you can do to refresh your kitchen and improve the overall aesthetic without spending thousands.

Update the Hardware

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Hardware may be small, but it makes a big impact. You’ll be surprised at how much new hardware can elevate the look of your kitchen, and it only takes a few hours to change them out.

Updated brass fixtures are becoming more and more popular, or go for a dramatic matte black.

New Light Fixtures

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Much like hardware, updating the light fixtures in your kitchen is an easy task that makes a huge impact. There are a ton of options across every style and price range, so you’re sure to find something that fits with your kitchen. Give your kitchen an instant face lift with some new trendy statement pendants.

Fresh Coat of Paint

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Never underestimate the power of paint! It’s one of the most affordable and most dramatic ways to transform a space. Go ahead and give the walls in your kitchen a fresh new hue.

However, if you’re looking for something a little more dramatic, spend a couple of weekends painting your outdated kitchen cabinets. Even cheap laminate cabinets can get a coat of paint. If you’re not the best painter or would rather not DIY this, opt to have them professionally resurfaced.

Replace the Sink

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You likely look at your kitchen sink a lot, but have you ever thought about updating it? This one depends on the kitchen, of course. You might already have a really great sink. I, personally, bought a house that still had that blah stainless steel sink that’s been put into every house since, well, forever.

If you’re up for the challenge, try having a farmhouse sink installed. It can instantly change the look of your kitchen, and make it feel new. Don’t forget to swap out the faucet, too.

Butcher Block Counter Tops

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Of course, butcher block counter tops aren’t for everyone, but they can be a great option for someone looking to update a kitchen on a budget.

Quartz and granite are great, but they’re definitely not cheap. Butcher block is a fraction of the cost, and is actually really beautiful. They’ll instantly update your space.