7 Ways to Update Your Kitchen on Any Budget

Updating the kitchen in your San Rafael home can help you improve both the aesthetics and the functionality. It doesn’t require a large budget, though there are certainly options if you choose to complete a full renovation.

Number 1: Update the Hardware on Your Kitchen Cabinets

Changing the hardware on your cabinets is a great way to improve your kitchen’s appearance without a major home renovation. There is an array of options, and can help add your own aesthetic.

This is an ideal way to incorporate vintage finds into your home as well. Flea markets are often one of the best places to find unique home furnishings, and you never know the special hardware you may find!

Number 2: Install New Light Fixtures

Lighting plays an important role in your home’s appeal, especially in the kitchen. You need to see in specific areas like the sink and stove, but you also have the opportunity to use light fixtures as décor.

Installing new pendant lights or ceiling fixtures is an ideal choice when you want to re-envision your kitchen without a renovation.


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Number 3: Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets

Refacing your kitchen cabinets is a smaller job than completely replacing them, but offers many of the same benefits. This “mini makeover” can change the appearance of your home – if your cabinets are still in good condition.

Refacing your kitchen cabinets can include new doors and drawer faces, or applying a new wood or laminate veneer to the exterior of each cabinet.

Number 4: Remove Cabinet Doors for Open Kitchen Shelving

Open shelving is a continuing kitchen trend and it’s still a great way to distinguish your kitchen. Open shelving also provides an ideal option for displaying your favorite dishes, flowers, recipe books, or other keepsakes.

You (or a painter) will need to fill and cover holes from the hinges, but removing select doors from your kitchen cabinets can change your home’s aesthetic and create the appearance of a new kitchen without the renovation.

Number 5: Create a Breakfast Nook

Creating a breakfast nook is the perfect way to add functional space to your kitchen. If you have a corner in your kitchen, you can create a cozy space to spend time with your family.

Building a bench into a wall can also provide additional storage for items you don’t need often.


Number 6: Paint Your Wooden Kitchen Floor

Your kitchen floor sees a lot of traffic throughout the years, and painting it can help liven up a worn wood floor.

You’ll want to use (or make sure your painter is using) oil-based deck or porch paint, ensuring that your “new” kitchen floor will last for many years. (As well as providing grip that normal paint doesn’t offer.)

Number 7: Hire a Kitchen Cabinet Replacement Company

Instead of fully replacing your kitchen cabinets, a skilled home painter in San Rafael can make your kitchen cabinets look brand new, without the scope of a full kitchen renovation.

Due to the amount of space cabinets occupy in your kitchen, you can use this project to completely change your décor. An experienced home painter will look at your kitchen in context with your entire home, and can help you choose a color you’ll love.


Updating your kitchen doesn’t require a full renovation. There are a number of ways to improve the space by updating flooring, cabinets, lighting, and cabinets. Hiring a kitchen cabinet painter can help you update your kitchen and create a space your family will love.

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