10 Kitchen Makeovers on a Budget

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These kitchen makeovers on a budget showcase that a high-quality finish can be achieved without breaking the bank.

From DIY fittings to savvy shopping in the sales, find out how these incredible kitchen designs were built while keeping a tight eye on finances. We've included essential information and ideas with great before and afters so you can find the best products, suppliers and styles for your own project.

If you're looking for a complete guide on budget kitchen design, take a look at how to bag a cheap kitchen for under £5K.

1. A Modern Kitchen Makeover on a Budget 

2. Updating a Kitchen During a Budget House Renovation

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First-time buyer Kate Turner spent just £3,000 on her kitchen update. She learned how to tile for the bathroom renovation and applied the same skills to her splashback, while units were purchased from Ikea. 

Galley kitchen ideas like this one can be a cost-effective option while providing users with easy access to appliances and the essential 'triangle' between fridge, sink and hob. 

Find out more about Kate's incredible £26k renovation story

3. Making the Most of a Cheap Kitchen Bought Online

4. A Terrace Kitchen Updated for £5,000

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When they first moved into their terrace property in Worcester, Rachael and Adam Ball wouldn't spend much time in the dark and dingy kitchen. However, after a small side return extension, they worked on a DIY basis to design, fit and paint the timber shaker kitchen units. 

The whole extension, including new bifold doors, was completed for under £45,000.

5. A Light and Bright Kitchen Update on a Budget

6. Small Kitchen Updated on a Limited Budget

7. A Tiny Kitchen Remodel on a Tight Budget

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A Magnet kitchen for £6,000 transformed this tiny cottage renovation. The open plan living and kitchen area beautifully married original features, such as exposed brickwork, with contemporary touches for a high-end finish. 

8. Relocating a Kitchen Update in a DIY Renovation

9. A Family Kitchen Update with Practical Finishes

10. A Kitchen Makeover for a Family Space

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After their home struggled to make room for their growing family Karen and Shaun Harley added a kitchen extension and renovated their 1930s semi-detached house. During the works the tiny old space was replaced with an open-plan kitchen. 

The Howdens kitchen is designed without walls to emphasise the openness of the redesigned ground floor. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.