Here’s How to Upgrade Your Kitchen on a Budget

Mix the practical and pretty in your kitchen. Here are easy and pocket-friendly ways to spruce up the hardest working area in your home. By Katherine Lopez-Hernandez

Kitchen upgrade on a budget
Your kitchen deserves some TLC and there are ways to spruce it up without breaking the bank.

If the house has a warm, beating heart, it’s the kitchen. That’s where heartwarming meals are prepared; where a child scours for their favorite snack; and where culinary expertise is discovered, then mastered. A busy kitchen is constantly exposed to spills, stains, and messes that never seem to end.

It’s time to give this hardworking area some TLC; after all, your kitchen deserves it! Here are some easy ways to spruce up your kitchen that won’t break the bank.

1. Install warm lighting.

The main purpose of lighting is to illuminate an area, but it can also beautify a space. Warm lighting can make any area look cozy—even a purely utilitarian one like your kitchen. You can install a series of pendant lights above your kitchen countertop so you have enough light to work with while you prep. If you have a small, one-wall kitchen in your condo, you can also install warm lighting under your overhead kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen upgrade on a budget

Wondering where to shop for lighting pieces? Head to Keystone Lamps and Shades at 78 Dona Hemady Avenue cor. 11th St., New Manila, Quezon City. The store also has branches in Makati City, Alabang, Ortigas, and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.

2. Get cool and colorful cups and plates.

Who says plates and cups are only for dining? They can double as accessories, too. Store them on open shelves or cabinets with glass doors so they can add color to your kitchen. You can also stack them on top of your countertop to give the space a lived-in look.

Kitchen upgrade on a budget

Shop for plates, cups, and bowls at Landmark Department Store in Trinoma, Quezon City and in Ayala Center, Makati City. These branches carry various designs at different price points that fit every budget. You can also go to Dapitan Arcade at Dapitan cor. Kanlaon St., Sta. Mesa Heights, Quezon City to score bargain finds.

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3…And get cutlery to match!

You don’t have to stick to regular silverware all the time. You can get ones with colorful handles so they, too, can liven up your kitchen. Cutlery with wooden handles also work well; they can add warmth and texture to the space when displayed.

Kitchen upgrade on a budget

Quirky utensils can be found in abundance at Daiso. Visit the store at 5/L Shangri-La Plaza Main Wing, Mandaluyong City and at 3/L Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City.

4. Jazz it up with a unique kitchen set.

You can also create a theme for your kitchen so it has a well-defined look. Want a rustic kitchen? Or a Pinoy one? These kitchen and dining utensils and accessories from Domesticity will give you the look you want!

Kitchen upgrade on a budget

You can also create a modern kitchen with a touch of quirkiness here and thereby filling it with kitchen accessories and tools from Alessi. Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

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5. Add a cute spice rack.

Even your beloved spices can do their share in giving your kitchen an image upgrade. Display your canisters of basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme on this lovely three-tier shelf from Domesticity.

Kitchen upgrade on a budget

Meanwhile, a metal spice rack suits an industrial kitchen perfectly, while a wooden one is a classic and can fit in almost any style. You can also corral your spice bottles on a pretty tray and set it on top of your kitchen counter.

Nothing says “home” more than a kitchen that speaks to your soul—and a condo to match. Find out more at