Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re willing to invest your time and effort for some of the renovation, you can save a lot of money. You may need to hire a licensed contractor for certain things, but there are many remodeling ideas you can accomplish yourself.
Paint the Cabinets
If you have a small budget, painting your kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them can save you a lot of money. Good paint will cost you about $30/gallon, so you feasibly paint your cabinets for under $1,000, depending on the size of your kitchen. You need to invest in a premium quality high-gloss or low-sheen enamel paint that will hold up well to the everyday abuse in a kitchen. To make sure the new paint adheres appropriately to the cabinets, you will need to sand the cabinets before painting. By removing the doors first and using a good hand-held sander, the cabinet remodel will be a lot easier and go a lot faster.
Upgrade Fixtures and Appliances
Old fixtures and appliances give a kitchen an outdated look. By replacing fixtures and appliances, you can quickly give your kitchen a fresh new look with updated design appeal.
* Faucets – If you have old faucets, they may be discolored and scratched. Replace your old faucets with shiny new ones in polished chrome, brushed nickel, brushed brass, or copper for updated style.
* Sinks – If you have old porcelain sinks, they are likely showing some wear and tear. Replace them with new porcelain or stainless steel sinks that will give your kitchen a new look. You can find beautiful farmhouse-style or drop-in style sinks in a variety of sizes and finishes.
* Appliances – New appliances aren’t cheap, but you can find good deals at many surplus stores and home improvement stores. You may have to avoid the elite brands that offer sub zero refrigerator maintenance and opt for more mainstream manufacturers to keep your costs down.
Install New Floors
Kitchen floors take a lot of abuse over time. Hard surfaces like ceramic tiles often get chipped and cracked, and soft surfaces like vinyl tiles get scratched, dented and discolored through the years. No-wax floors lose their shine and start to absorb dirt and stains. Depending on your budget, consider replacing old kitchen floors with new porcelain tiles, vinyl tiles or wood laminate that comes in various styles and colors.