One of the most annoying things to wear out or become dated, is the kitchen floor. There are many exciting and pricey products to replace the flooring with, but if you would rather spend that extra cash on a glamorous granite countertop, don’t be afraid to go with an old-school product for the floor.

1) Linoleum flooring comes in everything from traditional marbled patterns to contemporary flecked designs or graphic patterns. You can also find linoleum flooring in warm earth tones that highlight its organic qualities. Many homeowners like the fact that linoleum is made from natural materials, including linseed oil, recycled wood flour and limestone. These natural materials help make linoleum antibacterial and biodegradable.

If you choose linoleum flooring, unless you have a lot of experience as a flooring DIYer, don’t try to install it yourself. Hire a professional. Installing linoleum can be complicated, in part, because linoleum is stiffer and harder to work with than vinyl sheet and other flooring types.

2) Another budget friendly kitchen upgrade is  . . . paint! You can hire a professional to ensure that a paint that is appropriate for the material being painted is correct, and that the surface is prepared properly. Painting some materials can be tricky, and it would be extremely annoying to have that expensive paint bubble up and peel off. Yet paint can be a comparatively inexpensive way to brighten up and bring new life to a kitchen.

3) Surfaces – what to do about those? Cover the kitcen island with butcher block. This is a hard-wearing, knife-friendly surface.

Butcher block kitchen counter

Another countertop material is concrete. We have installed concrete countertops in bathrooms, even!