We can't all renovate our kitchens every few years, so here are some fun, happy and inexpensive updates you can do!
Color Your Appliances - If getting new appliances is out of your budget, and yours are working well, but you just want a change, you can get vinyl decals to change the color of them! Check out a professional vinyl vendor and they will help you make the choices you need and even install it for you at a very reasonable cost (especially compared to the cost of replacing your kitchen appliances).
Simple Snack Drawers - Store healthy, kid friendly snacks in lower cabinets and drawers or in baskets, so that kids can easily get something when they want it. My daughter-in-law has a cabinet decked out with all sorts of things and it seemed magical even to this grandma when I saw it!
Add a Table - Bring in an inexpensive table to your kitchen to add more function and change up the look.
Pretty Patterns - Can't afford to wallpaper the whole kitchen? Just paper a focal wall or add some pattern with linens, curtains, rugs, table service or all of the above! If you have a couple of different patterns, try to keep a color linking the different patterns together.
Show Off Stuff - Install open shelving or remove a cabinet's doors to show off cute kitchen dinnerware or kitchen knick knacks. If you have beautiful pans, don't hide them in cabinets! Find ways to have them out in the open. Beautiful enameled cast iron is lovely to show off, but too heavy for a pan rack, so pick out the prettiest pieces and leave one on the stove!
Add Color - Add pops of color with colorful stools, chairs or other accessories, or go monochrome and just highlight one color everywhere! Paint can do miracles, too.
Lighting Changes - Lighting can make a bigger difference than you think. Add some pendant lighting or change up some of the other kitchen lights. Changes in any lighting can create a totally different atmosphere and most can be easily changed if you do some research on how to do it safely.
On any home projects, it's always nice to enlist the help of family or friends. It's a fine and frugal thing to do, too!