Forget Renovating—These Kitchen DIYs Are So Simple and Affordable

Updated 07/31/17
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Amy Bartlam

Just because a full renovation is out of your budget doesn't mean you have to live with a kitchen you don't love. There are plenty of easy and affordable updates you can do yourself that will give your space a fresh, new feel. If you're in desperate need of an upgrade, look no further than Popular Mechanics' recent guide to nine easy kitchen DIYs that will take the area up a notch. These simple kitchen DIYs don't take the time—or cost—of a full-on kitchen renovation, but they make a noticeable impact on the look of your space. These DIYs are also easy ways to spruce up the look of a kitchen you still love but would like to freshen up. Keep reading as we share a few of our favorite updates from the article below.

Highlight Your Kitchen's Backsplash

Though it looks lovely, tiling your space is not only time-consuming but can also be a painful process (one misplaced piece can throw everything off!). Instead, take the easy way out by applying peel-and-stick tile-patterned paper. It achieves the same expensive look without all the hassle. This is also a clever way to try out a kitchen backsplash before committing to the real deal. Don't be afraid to be bold and try out a color or texture you've been eyeing—it's a cinch to replace, and this gives you the means to experiment.

Subway Matted Metal Decorative Tile Backsplash
Aspect Subway Matted Metal Decorative Tile Backsplash $14

Fool Everyone With a New Faucet

It's easy to forget how central the kitchen faucet is to the room's overall appearance. Since the sink is often the focal point of your kitchen, upgrading your old faucet with a shiny new stainless steel one will fool everyone into thinking you gave the whole space a revamp. This is a perfect example of one small DIY making a tremendous difference in making over a space.

90-Degree High-Arc Single-Handle Standard Kitchen Faucet
Moen 90-Degree High-Arc Single-Handle Standard Kitchen Faucet $339

Coat Your Cabinets

Painting your cabinets a clean white or another pretty hue is the easiest way to accomplish the full face-lift feel without actually spending the time and money to do it. In fact, a new coat of paint in any area of your home is a surefire way to breathe new life into the space. Whether it's a matte or lacquered finish, a new coat of paint brings vibrancy to the kitchen, making it look like you've revamped the entire room.

cabinet paint colors

Sherwin-Williams Tidewater #SW 6477 (from $32)

Light It Up

Installing under-cabinet lighting will make your space much lighter and brighter. Since this lighting scheme is not typically a feature in older kitchens, the subtle spotlights achieve an updated look. Modern and chic, new lighting can be a subtle way to liven the atmosphere of your kitchen. Combining this kitchen DIY with a new coat of paint can help bring out the new gleam of your cabinets.

Commercial Electric 3-Light LED White Puck Light Kit $30

Take Seating Seriously

Your kitchen chairs set the tone for the rest of the room. Take the time to find the perfect patterned seating or bright, interesting barstools that will boost the décor element of the overall space. This is a DIY to experiment with and get creative, as it's one of the easiest to change out. Be bold with your choice.

CB2 Alpha Brass Bar Stools $209

Looking for more kitchen inspiration? Keep reading for 12 chic kitchen island designs.

This post was originally published July 10, 2016, and has been updated.

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