It’s finally Spring in my part of the world! That means I’m slowly cleaning through all the winter junk that has accumulated in the house, garage and basement. We just moved into our house last Fall, so there are still things we are trying to do to help us feel more at home. We are concentrating most of our home improvement budget on the areas of our house that really need it, but I still want to do a bit of freshening up in our kitchen. I decided to give myself a $30 budget and see what improvements I can make in my kitchen.
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How to do a $30 Kitchen Makeover
Doing a room makeover usually involves big tools, paint buckets or installing new flooring; but for this Kitchen Makeover I want to see what I can do make a difference with the little things.
Where to Start a $30 Kitchen Makeover
Step 1: Clean the kitchen
The first place to start when you are starting any home improvement project is to clean up what you already have. You can’t do any improvements unless you have a clean work environment. I pulled down all the pieces from off the top of the cabinets and did a full cleaning job in my kitchen.
I find it so much easier to clean when I don’t have to juggle lots of products. I love the new Palmolive® Multi Surface cleaner that allows me to do more than just one cleaning project. Remove everything off the refrigerator. Only put back on the magnets you love.
- Check the light bulbs.
- Clean the salt shakers.
- Wipe down the insides of the microwave.
- If you have a self-cleaning stove, turn it on while you do the other parts of the kitchen.
- Clean your countertops.
Find New Storage Options
I have cabinet space that is being wasted because I am storing things in there that I only need a few times a year. There are seasonal cookbooks that are important but not needed year round; tablecloths that I want to keep but don’t use regularly, blog props and seasonal items. When I looked around my kitchen I realized that I have some great space that is being wasted. I decided to use some cheap foam board to create some storage space.
- Clean the space above your kitchen cabinets.
- Measure the width from the wall. My space was 12 inches wide.
- Cut the foam board to fit. I cut a small space to use for a handle.
- Hide the things you don’t need on a regular basis.
- Lay the foam board on top of the shelves.
- Decorate as you want.
Evaluate what you love
I love my white dishes. I’ve been collecting the pieces for birthdays and Christmas presents for the past few years. But I do like a pop of color. Have you seen the fun kitchen accents at Walmart recently? My kids bought me some fun silicon pot holders for my birthday last year. They are bright and cheery and give me some fun color in my kitchen. Then I picked up some new measuring cups a few weeks ago to replace my stained, plastic cups.
Make a List of what you want to replace or upgrade
Once you have cleaned everything you already have, it’s time to do some upgrades. How will you spend your $30.00? Here’s a simple checklist to get you started thinking. Do you need a new rug in front of your sink? Can you pick up a good smelling candle to freshen your kitchen?
I usually have an open box of cereal on top of my refrigerator. I hate the way it looks so I decided to pick up a new canister instead.
Another thing that bugs me in my kitchen is having a wet sponge in the bottom of my sink. So I used part of my $30 budget to buy a suction cup basket!
What will you do to upgrade your kitchen for only $30.00? I’d love to hear and see your mini-makeover!