7 Cheap Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Moving to another house doesn’t only require hiring the best moving company or Brooklyn movers; you still have to unload and unpack all of your moving boxes to make your house feel like home. This is an essential step to ensure that your entire household will be comfortable staying indoors. And being one of the most important areas of your house, you should start by renovating your kitchen. This is especially true if you’re an aspiring chef who wants to impress your guests and family with your cooking skills.

Contrary to popular belief, renovating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg. Sure, you might need to allot a certain amount of money, but this will become a worthy investment in the long run. To help you start off, here are some cheap kitchen renovation ideas to try out:

1.    Bring in the pattern.

Soft hues and pastel colors are common choices for a kitchen wall. These colors can easily complement any color you might have in your home. If you want your kitchen to be unique, opt to bring in a pattern. This means using wallpapers or decals on your kitchen walls instead of painting them with soft hues and pastel colors. You can also use printed rugs, hand towels, and silverware in your kitchen. Bringing in patterns to your kitchen will surely bring this area back to life!

2.    Hang floating shelves.

Regardless of your cooking skill, you will always need storage in your kitchen. You need to properly store all of your silverware, spices, and cooking utensils, just to name a few. Aside from using cabinets (which are usually built-in in every kitchen), consider adding floating shelves in your kitchen. This renovation idea will not only improve the functionality of your kitchen, but it can also improve its aesthetic value. Just make sure that you’re using a material that’s suitable to the strength of your kitchen walls.

3.    Add color with stools. 

Your kitchen will never be complete without seats. You’ll need to have chairs on your dining tables and countertops. If you want your kitchen to be as colorful as possible, invest in colorful stools which have contrasting colors to your overall theme. For example, if your kitchen has gray walls, look for stools in bright colors of green, blue, red, and yellow. Using these types of stools is like hitting two birds at the same time – you’ll improve the seating options in your kitchen while adding pops of colors.

4.    Use plates as wall décor.

Do you have any broken plates? Are you having second thoughts in throwing these out because of their sentimental value? Worry no more because you can still use these plates even when they’re already shattered – but this time, as decorations. Glue broken pieces together and hang these plates on your kitchen walls. If possible, use plates which have different sizes and designs. You’ll be surprised how this simple tip can make your kitchen luxurious and attractive.

5.    Invest in an expensive dining table. 

A dining table is essential in every kitchen. Every family will have to have a dining table in order to eat comfortably. If you’re looking for a showstopper piece for your kitchen, invest in an expensive dining table. If you’re leaning towards this direction, make sure that you’re choosing a dining table which fits the overall theme of your kitchen and your budget, as well. You don’t want a single dining table to become the reason why you’ll face too many debts, right?

6.    Add in plants.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know how beneficial plants are to your health and environment. Plants can improve air quality while being an excellent source of nutrients and minerals. For you to enjoy these benefits, add in different plants in your kitchen. You can add in small plants which fit in your countertops or bigger ones which can stand alone. When choosing which type of plant to have in your kitchen, always consider your lifestyle and schedule. Don’t have plants which will require daily watering when you’re available during the weekends.

7.    Improve lighting. 

You might not know it, but the amount and quality of lighting you get from your kitchen can affect the ambiance of the space. If your kitchen is too dark, don’t expect that you’ll be motivated to cook anything or your guests will stay here for long. If you don’t want any of these to happen, improve the lighting of your kitchen. Add in pendant lights or lights under the cabinet for added functionality and style.

Choose The Best

Cheap kitchen renovation ideas aren’t only limited to the information from this article. If you have the time and interest, you can do your own research online and get ready to be bombarded with several other options. To narrow down your search, determine what you really want in your kitchen and while you’re at it, don’t forget to let your creativity and personality shine, as well!

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Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies with Coconut Frosting are a rich and decadent dessert. They truly take standard brownies to the next level.

Hello coconut lovers, I’m back with another delicious coconut recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth! Todays recipe is a mashup of two recipes already on the blog – my Fudgy Gluten Free Brownie Recipe and the simple Coconut Frosting recipe I posted last week.

You guys, when chocolate and coconut come together, magical things happen. I’m a big, big fan. Which, I’m guessing you’ve already assumed since there are so many chocolate and coconut recipes here.

Recipes like Toasted Coconut Truffles, Toasted Coconut Fudge, and Almond Joy Brownie Bites. #yum

Did you make this recipe? Leave a star rating and let me know in the comments! You can also leave a photo/comment on this pin for others to see.

Adam isn’t normally as fanatic about coconut as I am but, you guys, he raved about these brownies. Like couldn’t get enough of them 🙌🏼

These brownies are now gone but he’s already requested more. I’m not going to lie, I love them enough too that I’m willing to hold off on some new recipe development to make them again!

If you guys are all about that coconut life, you’re going to go nuts for these. Guaranteed 🥥👌🏼😎

How to Make Gluten Free Brownies with Coconut Frosting
Step 1. Make the brownies then cool them completely.

Step 2. Make the Coconut Frosting recipe.

Step 3. Spread the frosting on the brownies in a nice, even layer. Then top with toasted coconut or coconut chips.

Step 4. Chill the brownies in the fridge or freezer for 15-30 minutes (or until ready to serve) then cut into squares. You can skip the chilling time but cold brownies are easier to cut cleanly like you see in the picture.

Tips for Making This Gluten Free Brownie Recipe 

You can double the brownie recipe to make a full 9×13 pan and make the full frosting recipe. OR you can make the standard 9×9 brownie recipe and halve the frosting recipe. I highly recommend doubling the brownies!
If you double the brownies, bake them for 30-35 minutes.
To get the nice, clean slices you see in the photos, freeze the brownies for 10-15 minutes or refrigerate the brownies for about 30 minutes before cutting.

Other Gluten Free Brownie Recipes To Try:

Gluten Free Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
Gluten Free Samoas Brownies
Flourless Chocolate Mint Brownies
Snickers Brownies

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Yield: 16

Gluten Free Brownies with Coconut Frosting


Fudgy Gluten Free Brownies with Coconut Frosting are a rich and decadent dessert. They truly take standard brownies to the next level.


1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup all-purpose gluten free flour (See Notes)

1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

2 large eggs (cold)

4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1/3 cup avocado oil (or canola oil)

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 Tablespoons water (cold)

1/2 batch Coconut Frosting

1/2 cup toasted coconut or coconut chips


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9x9 inch metal baking pan with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, and cornstarch.
Make a well in the center and add the eggs. Beat the eggs and mix in the butter, oil, vanilla extract, and water. Mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake at 325 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before frosting.
Top the completely cooled brownies with the coconut frosting and toasted coconut. Slice into 16 pieces and serve at room temperature.


I use my Nightshade Free Gluten Free Flour Blend in this recipe. If you use a flour blend that already contains xanthan gum, omit the amount called for in this recipe.
If you like a firmer, more well-done brownie, you can bake them a little bit longer.
The frosted brownies freeze well, just leave off the toasted coconut on top. Slice into individual pieces before freezing. Defrost at room temperature and top with toasted coconut before serving.
Refrigerate the frosted brownies for 30 minutes before before slicing if you want nice clean cuts.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 16

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 450 Trans Fat: 0g

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Category: Gluten-Free

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