The kitchen is probably the most utilized room in your home. Why not make it into a space that you absolutely love? Even if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of ways to increase the functionality and style of your kitchen if you’re willing to be creative, resourceful and put in a little elbow grease.Still on the fence about a remodel? Kitchen upgrades are almost always worth the investment. According to the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report
, a kitchen remodel can yield a 67 to 79 percent return on your investment, depending on the scope of the remodel.Read on for DIY, budget-friendly ways to turn your kitchen into a beautiful space that reflects your personal style.Check out Concrete Countertops
Want to upgrade your countertops without paying the high cost for granite or quartz? Check out concrete countertops.Slightly less expensive, concrete countertops create a seamless surface that is stain- and water-resistant once sealed. The color options are unlimited and unlike most countertop options, concrete can be cast in any shape or size to meet the specific design needs of your kitchen.You can also customize your concrete counters with unique items like pebbles, recycled glass or seashells. It's possible to do to this project yourself (see tutorial
), but keep in mind that it takes at least 10 days for the surface to properly cure.Upgrade Cabinets in a Variety of Budget-Friendly Ways
There are many great and inexpensive ways to upgrade your kitchen cabinets that can make a huge impact on the look of your kitchen. As long as the actual cabinets are in good shape, concentrate on improving the appearance of the doors and hardware for maximum impact with minimal cost.- For example, if you want to create a more open-looking space and put things on display, consider removing cabinet doors altogether and painting the insides of the cabinets an attractive color that will make your kitchen decor pop.- If your kitchen is small and dated, paint cabinets a bright white and upgrade hardware to create a clean, fresh look that makes your kitchen appear more spacious. Another way to brighten up a gloomy kitchen is to add glass inserts to stock cabinet doors.- Or, if you’re particularly artistic, consider painting a few cabinets with chalkboard paint to keep track of your grocery list, display your weekly menu or jot down a sweet note for your family.Be sure to check in tomorrow as we continue to explore DIY kitchen design tips that don’t break the bank.Our thanks to guest blogger Bryn Huntpalmer for this piece. For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com. Feature image courtesy of Modernize.com.