Having the kitchen of your dreams can be difficult if you're working with a small budget. However, having a limited amount of money does not mean you have to postpone your dream kitchen. Making smart upgrades to your existing kitchen is the secret to transforming the look of your kitchen without spending a fortune.

Refresh your cabinets

Replacing your kitchen cabinets is often one of the largest expenses when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. If your current kitchen cabinets are in good shape structurally, refreshing them makes a huge difference in their appearance.

Breathe new life into your existing cabinets by painting them a new color or staining them. Replace old shelves with slide-out shelves. Add some unique decor to your cabinets by replacing all existing hardware with a new design and style.

Dress up your walls

Simply choosing a new paint color for your kitchen walls can create a drastic change. If your current kitchen is neutral, consider changing to a fun color, such as blue, yellow, or green. You could also design an accent wall using a refreshing wallpaper to add texture to your kitchen.

Take advantage of unused space

If you have a corner in your kitchen that is unused, adding a breakfast nook is an inexpensive option that will change the appearance of your kitchen for minimal cost. All you need is a built-in table with benches. Dress up the table with a colorful tablecloth to add a splash of color.

Not enough room for a breakfast nook? Turn a corner of your kitchen into a coffee or tea bar by adding a built-in corner cabinet to house all your coffee or tea supplies. Add a built-in rack to hang coffee mugs and teacups for the perfect finishing touch to your coffee or tea bar.

Consider open shelving

One of the easiest ways to add a fresh look to an existing kitchen is to add open shelving. Convert a few existing kitchen cabinets into open shelving and watch your kitchen come to life with a refreshing look. You can also add shelves to an existing wall to grow herbs, display kitchen décor, or to house your cookbook collection.

Smart upgrades will help you design a kitchen that looks like you spent a lot. The key is to focus on refreshing your existing kitchen elements rather than replacing them. Choosing smart upgrades will give kitchen of your dreams without breaking your budget. For more information, contact a company like Martin's Home Improvements.