13 Ways to Spruce up Your Kitchen for $5 or Less
Kitchen decor on a budget DOES exist, and you can give your space an update without calling in the construction crew. Here’s what to do!
Shelf Liner Contact Paper
Add some color and pattern to your pantry shelves with this colorful contact paper ($2). It protects your shelves, creates a wipeable surface for easy cleaning and it’s so cute! We love the cheerful polka dot pattern.
Vintage Wood Plant Container
Add some greenery! Every room in your home needs at least one plant to create a fresh and welcoming atmosphere. You could plant an herb garden (here’s how) so you’ll always have fresh ingredients for cooking.
Sponge Holder Sink Caddy
There’s nothing worse than a stinky sponge. Use this sink caddy to give your sponges and washrags a dry and tidy home ($3). Plus, this handy little gadget comes in several different cute colors.
Fridge Storage Rack
If your fridge is feeling a little chaotic, use these simple storage racks to put things in order ($5). They have a flexible design, making it easy to slide them onto a fridge shelf to create more storage space. They’d be great for after-school snacks or small fruits that kids can easily access.
Polished Chrome Cabinet Handle
One of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your kitchen an update is to install new cabinet hardware. New hardware instantly takes your kitchen from dated to trendy, without having to pay for an expensive remodel. We love the look of these sleek and shiny chrome handles. ($4 each)
Cleaning is one of the cheapest ways to spruce up your kitchen! We’re not talking the cooking clean-up you do every day, but the deep clean. Use this 4-pack of Magic Erasers ($4) to give your cabinets a wipe-down. Getting rid of greasy fingerprints and food splatters will have your kitchen looking brand new!
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap
Ditch the dish soap on your counter and try this Mrs. Meyer’s version ($4). We promise doing the dishes will be a lot more enjoyable with the smell of Lemon Verbena wafting through the air. It’s amazing what a simple dish soap update can do—it’s the little things, right?
Bright Dish Towels
You know that sad and worn-out dish towel hanging on your oven? Time to give it the boot! Updating your dish towels goes a lot farther than you think. Hang these colorful cotton towels instead to give your kitchen a bright and cheerful pop ($4).
Peel and Stick Wall Tile
You don’t have to be a tile expert to install a backsplash, nor do you need a big budget. These peel and stick subway tiles ($4) are perfect for a quick update for a small space that anyone can do. (Plus, they’re great for renters!)
Another way to refresh your kitchen is to clean the clutter off the refrigerator. Old school papers and expired coupons can tend to collect–and before you know it, you’ve forgotten the color of your fridge!
Clear away anything you no longer need, then organize what’s left with these adorable cupcake magnets ($5).
Use this chalkboard paint ($5) to create a spot to write down notes, grocery lists and weekly meal plans. Paint the inside of a cabinet or your pantry door, or even the side of your fridge–and voila–instant chalkboard!
You may think it’s time to bring a professional cleaning service, or worse, install new tile. But you can have things looking nice with some elbow grease. Try using this grout brush ($4) to scrub your grout with a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. (Here’s our grout guide.)
Cat Kitchen Timer
Who knew a kitchen timer could be so cute? This guy will add a playful touch to your kitchen, while also helping you keep track of your cooking time. ($5)
We love quick design updates like this in any kitchen. (Here are 9 more quirky gadgets you might like!)
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