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9 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Space Feel Brand New — No Reno Required

Sep 07, 2023

A view of a kitchen that feels new with great appliances.

Dreaming of a fresh kitchen makeover but lacking the budget for a full renovation? No need to give up on your dream! There are easy and affordable ways to revive your kitchen’s design without breaking the bank — or even scheduling a demo day. By implementing a few clever “renovation alternative” strategies and utilizing budget-friendly products, you can breathe new life into your kitchen right now. Let’s explore some creative ideas that will help get your kitchen transformation done in no time.

Revamp Your Cabinets

Cabinets are the centerpiece of any kitchen, making them a prime candidate for revitalization — but it’s much easier than you may think. Instead of resorting to a full cabinet replacement, there are cost-effective alternatives that can make a significant difference in rejuvenating your space. Consider simply painting your cabinets for a transformative effect, or explore the option of vinyl coverings to give them a fresh new look. Then take the next easy step and … 

Change Out Your Hardware

Consider your kitchen’s hardware as the icing on the cake — the finishing touches that are small but complete the look. Just like jewelry enhances an outfit, a fresh set of drawer pulls or knobs can elevate the visual interest of outdated cabinets and introduce an unexpected burst of color or pattern. The best part is these accents can be easily (and cost-effectively!) replaced to give your kitchen a whole new vibe whenever you feel it needs a refreshing change. Be sure to choose hardware that matches your personal style and complements the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Peel-and-Stick Backsplash

Backsplashes are more than just both pretty and practical ways to add visual impact to your kitchen. There are so many choices available these days that it’s easy to find the exact one that shows off your own personal flair. And it doesn’t have to be expensive! Installing peel-and-stick backsplash tiles is an easy and cost-effective way to add a … er, splash of style and character to your kitchen.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

You can enhance both the functionality and ambiance of your kitchen with one clever and inexpensive little trick: under-cabinet lighting. It’s easy to install and will provide additional illumination for your countertops, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your kitchen. 

They can also add a touch of drama and showcase your statement pieces! Explore different options, such as stick-on LED battery-operated lights, for a softer yet attention-grabbing option (compared to overhead lighting).

Maximize Space and Display Style

Looking to make use of a large empty wall? Open shelving is an excellent solution that combines practicality with style, making it a versatile and attractive addition to any kitchen. Not only do shelves provide a new space to showcase your stunning glassware, serveware or collection of cookbooks, but they also add valuable storage areas to your room that you didn’t have before. 

Fortunately, you’ll be able to find shelf styles that compliment just about any existing kitchen decor, from modern and sleek to rustic chic. You can also choose stylish brackets to add an extra touch of elegance. 

Transform Your Countertops

While not everyone has the countertops of their dreams, there are simple ways to give them a refreshing makeover without going over budget. One effective idea is to cover a section of your counter with an oversized cutting board or a slab of marble. This technique works wonders, particularly when you want to conceal any damage or imperfections until you’re ready for a complete overhaul. Alternatively, consider using countertop resurfacing kits that allow you to apply a new finish to your existing countertops, giving them a fresh and updated look without the expense of replacement.

Decorative Accents

Upgrading the look of your kitchen with decorative accents can inject your unique brand of personality and charm inexpensively. A few ideas: 

  • Incorporate color theory. Light and bright paint colors can go a long way toward creating a spacious and elegant look. 

  • Subway tiles as a backsplash (as mentioned earlier) or as an accent wall can be a great addition to your kitchen as well, offering a timeless, talked-about design element. 

  • Vibrant curtains, stylish rugs, wall art and other accents can also make a significant impact on the overall aesthetics of your kitchen.

Enhance Your Kitchen with Stylish Counter Seating

Introducing a set of chic barstools or counter chairs can instantly transform the look and feel of your kitchen. Barstools not only elevate the visual appeal of your kitchen but also enhance its functionality and versatility, providing additional and comfortable seating options for quick meals or casual gatherings. They’re also perfect for keeping the kids nearby (doing homework or playing games) while you prepare meals. Replace Large Kitchen Appliances Affordably

Along the process of updating your kitchen, you might also decide that you want to replace some of your appliances to make the update feel complete. With Acima Leasing, that’s easy: Just shop your favorite name-brand retailers that offer our alternative to financing — then, it won’t be a strain on your budget to bring in a few new, trending pieces to replace older, outdated ones. In fact, thanks to Acima Leasing’s lease-to-own solution*, you can have the shopping power you might not have had otherwise. 

Refresh Your Kitchen Without Using Credit*

You don’t need a costly renovation to transform your kitchen space; by implementing these budget-friendly strategies and utilizing clever hacks, you can revitalize your kitchen the way you want. And again, Acima Leasing’s lease-to-own solution* can further unlock your shopping power by giving you the option to bring in the kitchen essentials and appliances you need without straining your budget. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative, and make your kitchen space feel brand-new in no time.