Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget

Tracking PixelEasy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

Based on the many recipes I post here on the blog, and the endless baked goods on Instagram, I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen. Actually, at a recent therapist visit the Doctor asked me what I do to relax.  I responded “Yoga…and I hang out in the kitchen”.   I love spending time in the kitchen baking afternoon sweets, making dinner, recipe creation and getting my full garden harvest preserving on once Summer rolls around.  During garden season it’s not rare that I have to put one day aside a week to preserve our vegetables, so I consider myself kitchen devoted.

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

Unfortunately my kitchen is not a dream.   When I moved into my apartment, close to 12 years ago, it was a nightmare.  There was hardly any space to not only cook, but at the bare minimum cabinet space.  I think when we first moved in there was 3 cabinets, a (ugly) sink, a (ugly) stove and a (ugly) refrigerator.  My kitchen loving heart ached.    Thankfully the kitchen and I have grown together and it’s turned into something more pleasing and usable.  Now I have lots more cabinets! I have a island! I have shelves! I have storage! I have a beautiful refrigerator and too many kitchen gadgets and appliances to the point whenever I get a new one my husband asks “Another one?”.  Yes, another one!   So although my kitchen still isn’t the dream, I feel like we’re finally in a ok place with each other. 

 

I teamed up with Lowe’s to show you how to fix up your small kitchen on a budget.  Even better, I invite you to shop Lowe’s for their up to 40% off kitchen and bath event running through March 23.    When you’re planning on updating your kitchen think of simple things like updating the lighting, paint color and faucets. These are little tweaks that make a big difference! If you want to go one step further then meet with a Lowe’s project specialist at the store to design your space and plan your budget.     Below I’ve included some of my favorite simple ways to refresh your kitchen.  Above I’m including a collage image that you can move your mouse around to shop specific items – so make sure to check it out.

PAINT 
Paint is my best friend.  Our home is full of bright colors from walls to cabinets to our rainbow sprinkle floor.  I’ve never been afraid of color so when it comes to my kitchen I like to use it there too.  One easy way to refresh your kitchen is to color your cabinets.  Who says cabinets only have to be white or brown? Not me!   If you aren’t feeling that adventurous with painting your cabinets, then remove your kitchen cabinet hardware and spray paint it a funky fun color.    Spray painting hardware is a quick 2 hour, $5 fix instead of having to invest in new pricy hardware.   Don’t be scared of adding color to a back splash, adding colorful pots and vases, and painting your chairs.  Our dining room table has 6 pastel chairs that we painted and it’s always a highlight of conversation when people visit.

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!
Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

PLANTS
You didn’t think I’d forget good green plants did you?  Absolutely not!  Want your kitchen to look alive and not sad anymore?  Then add alive plants!  Check out the nursery section for simple plants that you can add to your kitchen.  Make sure to check the tag on the plant to see how much light you need.  My kitchen doesn’t have great light so I have bamboo plants that don’t need much light to grow.  Even better, I picked up a beautifully potted bamboo plant this weekend at Lowe’s for $5 that was originally $25 – don’t you love that?  And because we’re in the kitchen, there’s nothing better than fresh herbs!  Have a few small pots filled with fresh basil, oregano, rosemary and more so you can use fresh herbs when cooking.
Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

SINK AREA
You either have a fantastic sink or a not so fantastic sink – there’s no in between. If you live in a apartment you might not want to invest in a new sink (or have permission to do so) so you might have to keep your not so beautiful sink – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful faucet.  Trust me, faucets make everything better.  When we refreshed our bathroom we first got a new faucet and I felt like I was living in luxury!

ISLAND
If you live in a apartment you might not have much kitchen storage to begin with.  To make matters worse you might not have any wall space to add extra cabinets.   The best solution is to get a island – this is going to give you more internal storage for food, pots, appliances and more as well as counter space.   When we refreshed our kitchen one of the first things we bought was a new kitchen island and I can’t imagine my kitchen without it.  Without it I don’t even think I’d be able to make dinner because of the lack of counter space we have.   Depending on the size of your kitchen, you might want to get a larger one that doesn’t move or a smaller one on wheels.  Either way, trust me, everyone needs a island.   Extra benefit?  Grab some tall stools and you have a place to eat too!
Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

LIGHTING
Now that you’ve refreshed your kitchen you want to be able to see it, right?  If you’re like me then you might not be blessed with great natural light all day in the kitchen so you’ll need a great hanging pendant light.   Replacing a light (or adding a new one completely) is a great budget friendly way to update your kitchen.   When we got our island, we immediately installed a new light above it too.   You might even want to look at getting a light/ceiling fan combo to best maximize your space.
Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

 

Hope these ideas will help you get your kitchen ready for a Spring makeover!  Tell me in the comments – is there anything you want to change in your kitchen?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

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