They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and when it comes to remodeling a kitchen it can cost an awful lot of money. Some people will go through with a pricey renovation that puts them without a kitchen for weeks on end for the big payoff at the end, but what if you just can’t afford a major re-do?Luckily there are minor things that you can do that will spruce up that kitchen and pull it into the current decade. Usually, people can tell the age of your home by what’s on the walls. If your kitchen is full of wallpaper and/or wallpaper border it may be time to freshen it up. Paint those walls and get creative, with that old and dated paper gone the difference will be amazing!Change those kitchen cabinets. Refinishing just the cabinets can freshen up a whole space. Yes, it’s a bit time consuming but it is way cheaper than a full renovation and best of all you can do the work yourself.If you can’t change the cabinets, a smaller fix is to change the cabinet hardware. There are literally thousands of pulls and knobs to choose from that will bring that outdated kitchen up to where it belongs. Be sure to measure the holes in the old hardware though, so you can match them up with new or make sure the new covers them up.A new tap is a great idea to spruce up a kitchen. Get one with a veggie sprayer and you’re good to go! They too come in all sorts of colours and designs that will leave you wondering why on earth you didn’t change it up sooner.If you hate your counter tops and can’t afford brand new, there is always the option of having someone come in to fit new tops over the old, but if that’s not an option, there is special paint you can buy just for counters. Add a splash of colour and watch that kitchen pop!How about a new fan or lighting fixture? Those outdated ones have got to go, and there are so many new and fabulous styles out there that finding a new one will be a fun and easy experience. You don’t even need to be an expert electrician to install that new fan or light, they’re easy to do.Don’t keep looking at that old kitchen, spruce it up today!