Small Kitchen Upgrades That Make a Big Impact (On a Tiny Budget!)

Small changes can make a big impact, and changing up your (small) kitchen is no exception. If you’ve ever wanted to make your kitchen more functional or aesthetically pleasing, there’s no better time than the present! The CORT team has come up with some awesome hacks that can help you make improvements on any budget.

8 Small Kitchen Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

1. Spruce up your storage

Who says storage has to be boring? There are tons of fun and affordable options to liven up your space and store all your kitchen supplies, utensils, and dry goods. You can look for a hanging basket to hold your produce, a large pegboard to display your pots and pans, or some cute textured canisters to conceal your flour, sugar, and more. Don’t be afraid to utilize the windowsill for extra storage, too. This ledge is ideal for showing off your favorite cookbooks and edible houseplants!

2. Decorate the walls

Framed artwork isn’t just for decorating your living or dining room! These pieces can help fill up blank kitchen walls or that empty gap between your cabinets and ceiling. For the illusion of more space, try incorporating a few large, decorative mirrors too. By decorating the walls, you can really add personality and character to your kitchen. If you’re feeling a little bold, you can also grab some easy-to-remove peel-and-stick wallpapers that are full of personality and versatility.

3. Hang a few shelves

If you’re a fan of open shelving concepts, there’s no denying that this is an excellent way to boost the storage capacity in your kitchen. Hanging shelves can add a nice decorative touch by allowing you to show off your most appealing dishes or glassware. You’ll need some basic tools and fasteners to hang everything up. But this is generally an easy upgrade that can make a big difference in the room’s overall feel.

4. Go for colorful appliances

Small appliances are sort of like accent pillows for your kitchen — they accessorize the space, but they’re also incredibly useful. As you’re upgrading your kitchen, why not spring for a colorful appliance to spice up an otherwise neutral palette! Go for a flashy stand mixer, a pastel coffee maker, or even a pop of color on your toaster. Whatever hue you choose, just have fun with it, and embrace the way your appliance now adds a bit of whimsy to everything else.

5. Stick on a backsplash

Similar to our suggestion about wallpaper, there are plenty of peel-and-stick backsplash panels available from major retailers. And the best part — you can totally redo your backsplash without having to deal with any grout. How cool is that? Select from faux subway tiles and marble patterns to every style in between, and then make this DIY kitchen renovation a cute at-home date night that you and your S.O. can both enjoy!

6. Create more counter space

If your home has a small kitchen, there’s a good chance it doesn’t afford you much counter space. Fortunately, there are ample ways to create makeshift countertops that are both practical and inexpensive. You can add shelf risers to free up more room on your counters, buy a rolling cart (with additional storage underneath), or put in a little extra effort and build burner covers that’ll allow you to use your stovetop for all your meal prep needs.

7. Bring in some green

Bringing in a bit of green to your kitchen can be a simple yet satisfying way to make your space feel more cozy and complete. The optimal picks for kitchen plants tend to be hearty and low maintenance, like aloe vera, spider plants, or English ivy. For anyone who’s worried about trying to keep kitchen greenery alive, you can still incorporate a few artificial plants or grasses to get the same effect.

8. Change up your hardware

Changing up your cabinet hardware can be the cherry on top of your kitchen makeover. This is an easy but impactful project and one that’ll be kind to your wallet, too. Whether your cabinets have pulls, knobs, or handles, you’re sure to find a variety of options so you can choose something that matches the look you want to achieve. And if you’re not sure how to go about swapping things out, you can always pull up a quick tutorial online.

Upgrade every room in your home with CORT

By now, hopefully, you’re better able to visualize your small kitchen’s full potential. From replacing a few appliances to re-thinking how you organize your cookware, there are heaps of small-but-mighty tweaks that can improve your kitchen space in a snap. When it’s time to update your kitchen — or living room or bedroom — remember CORT is here to help!

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