Want to give your kitchen a bit of a face lift but don’t have the budget for a full top to bottom kitchen remodel right now? Not to worry, there are a number of less expensive tweaks that you can make (with the help of a good local tradesman) that will give you kitchen the boost it needs without breaking the bank. Here are just a few suggestions:

Reface Your Cabinets: Replacing the cabinets in your kitchen can be a pretty expensive business but if the insides are still in good shape and you are happy with the layout why not simply give them all a boost by just opting to have them refaced. A good kitchen remodeler can get the job done in a day or so and you will still have the new look cabinets you want at a fraction of the cost of replacements.

If you want (or need) to spend even less and you are OK with the basic design of the outsides of your kitchen cabinets, having them repainted is an even cheaper way to update their overall appearance. Just make sure that you use a good quality paint that is designed to stand up to the kind of extra daily wear and tear that kitchen cabinets have to go through.

Paint the Walls – Giving your kitchen walls a nice new coat of paint can be all you need to do to transform the space from blah to brilliant. Instead of just painting over the old stuff with a similar color why not consider changing the color scheme altogether? Bold colors work very well in most kitchens but if you are a little color shy try picking one wall and painting it a bright color (oranges and yellows work well and according to color experts stimulate the appetite) while redoing the others in a softer, more neutral yet complementary shade.

Add a Rolling Kitchen Island – If your main beef with your current kitchen layout is simply that you do not have enough work surface space a rolling kitchen island is an affordable purchase that will give you the function you are looking for while adding a little versatile extra style.

Declutter – The simple act of de-cluttering your kitchen can work wonders for its overall appearance. Take some of those small appliances off the counter and put them away when not in use. Or for items that you really so use a lot – like the toaster – consider having an “appliance garage” built on the counter top to keep them out of sight but still readily accessible.