It has long been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Property professionals will also tell you that kitchens (and bathrooms) are what sell houses. So, whether you want to create your forever home or sell and move somewhere else this year, you might need these kitchen refurbishment ideas.

Cabinet Upgrades

One of the best ways to save money on kitchen refurbishment, while still getting the fresh new look you need is to update your cabinets instead of replacing them. Some new paint, and replacement doors, can do wonders for even the most dated of cabinetry.

Choosing to replace kitchen doors on some of your cabinets with a modern alternative like glass inset doors, or even opt for open shelving in places, can all change the look of your kitchen completely.

New Countertops

Countertops are another easy update that can take a kitchen from drab to fab without breaking the bank.

Granite and marble are the most sought-after types of counter, because they are hard wearing and luxurious. If granite or marble aren’t in the budget, consider manufactured stone like quartz, concrete or even butcher block. Any one of these modern surfaces will be beautiful and functional.

A Funky Backsplash

A backsplash may have a boring function, but it’s also one of the most visible parts of your kitchen. New tile, wallpaper, paint or mosaic will totally transform your walls, and that can have a huge impact on the overall look of the room.

Your new backsplash can be installed without making any structural changes to the room, so it’s also a very cost-effective upgrade.

A New Table or Island

The final quick and easy kitchen refurbishment idea on this list is to change your kitchen table or add a fixed or mobile island. Farmhouse style tables are still very popular, as are tables with bench or booth style seating.

Island options range from mobile carts that require no installation at all, to large, multi-tier units that are major construction projects, but increase the look and functionality enormously.

Small Changes, Big Impact

Many people think that all kitchen upgrades cost a small fortune, but that’s not always true. Sometimes, it only takes little changes to transform a room completely, and kitchens are no different.

Of course, if money is no object, a complete redesign, moving walls and replacing everything is always an option, but if you have a budget, consider smaller changes, and talk to industry professionals to get more tips and ideas.