Want to remodel your kitchen but are worried about the costs? In today’s guest post, Tim Smith from Modernize.com shares ways to get the kitchen look you desire while keeping costs low.
While everyone may dream of creating their ideal kitchen, a massive overhaul is often too expensive to consider for most people. However, budgetary constraints do not have to keep you from finally having your dream kitchen. Instead, you just need to think about a big remodel in little ways.
Doing a Kitchen Remodel on a Budget
To get started, here are five simple tips to make your big kitchen remodel a success little by little.
Focus on problem areas
When doing a kitchen remodel on a budget, it is important to set priorities. While there are a lot of things you may want to change, focus on the things that are most pressing.
If your countertop is broken or out of date, think about putting most of the budget toward that. Alternatively, you may need new appliances or updated flooring. You will probably only be able to splurge on one or two areas, so be sure to make them count.
Give your cabinets a makeover
Cabinets are one of the most expensive parts of any kitchen. If new ones are too costly, you still have options.
Consider refinishing your cabinets or adding a fresh layer of paint. There are also moldings you can put on the top of your cabinets or other decorations that can be added artfully to the fronts. Changing the hardware can have a dramatic impact on the overall look of your kitchen. You could even try taking off the doors and going for an open concept.
Bring in new pieces
Kitchens have a lot of built in pieces, so many people fail to think about how furniture can enhance the space. While a new table or chairs can definitely give the room a new look, remember to think of other pieces as well.
Shelves and racks can be great additions, and adding portable islands can contribute form and function. When it comes to furniture, consider mixing and matching. A new set of chairs can be expensive, but collecting eclectic pieces from used stores can be a great way to add personality to your kitchen without breaking the budget.
Splashes of color
No matter what your budget is, a new coat of paint can go a long way. The color on the walls will define the overall mood of the room. When money is tight, pick a color that complements other parts of your kitchen. This way, you can get all the benefits of a new color without having to change everything. It may even be possible to save more money by simply repainting one wall as an accent to the overall design.
Style over substance
If you have a tight budget, focus on adding in stylish details. For example, try installing a backsplash. Consider putting up new curtains or adding a new rug. Buy vases or bowls, or look into sleek countertop appliances. A few pieces of art or a new light fixture are also great choices.
These things may seem small, but when put together, they have a dramatic impact.
Editor’s Questions: Have you recently done a kitchen update or remodel? How did you keep costs low? What was the coolest change/addition you made? What is your best tip for doing a kitchen remodel on a budget?
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