Remodeling a kitchen these days can be as expensive as buying a car. However, there are ways to make your outdated kitchen look brand new without spending a fortune. Whether you want to renovate your whole kitchen or update a small part of it, these low-cost remodeling ideas will help you transform your kitchen into something you’ll love.
Repaint your cabinet doors instead of replacing them
Replacing old and outdated cabinets take up a huge chunk of a kitchen’s remodeling cost. If your cabinets are still in good shape, repaint them with fresh and trendy paint colors and they will instantly give off a different vibe. White paint does wonders to outdated cabinets and can hide their old designs.
If you have decided to replace your cabinets, consider refacing them instead if the structure is still sound. Replace only cabinet handles or cabinet doors. Sprucing your cabinets with trendy cabinet designs will definitely give your kitchen a new look while only spending a fraction of the price.
Refinish your flooring
Depending on the area you have in your kitchen, redoing the floors can cost up to $4,000 or more. If you have old wooden flooring in your kitchen, you can try to sand and stain them instead. Replace wooden floor tiles that are too old with new ones and stain them together and you won’t know the difference.
If you are replacing your kitchen floors completely, you can save thousands of dollars if you choose a durable and DIY-friendly material. Installation takes up the bulk of the cost even if you choose cheap flooring materials, and choosing cheap flooring materials that don’t last will also cost you more in the long run. Some relatively inexpensive yet durable materials for your kitchen floor are ceramic tile, vinyl, laminate, and cork.
Update your backsplash and countertop
Materials that contribute to the overall look of your kitchen are your backsplash and countertop. The backsplash protects your kitchen wall from splashes and grease and will be your view while you are cooking and cleaning. So you’ll also want to choose something that will be pleasing to the eye. Your kitchen countertop also provides an accent to the space.
While these can give a big impact in improving the overall look of your kitchen, it doesn’t need to be expensive. If your backsplash and countertops are still in a good condition, replacing them will just be an additional expense. Update its look by using paint instead. For your backsplash, you can be creative by using a stencil to create an eye-catching pattern. For your countertops, aside from paint, you can add decors like fresh flowers and a bowl of fruits. These decors touches will add color and will make your space look refreshing.
Add under cabinet lights.
As a homeowner, you might have had a few issues with your current kitchen design. One of these is probably lighting. It might be about the poor lighting on your countertop that makes it hard for you to prepare sumptuous meals. Or the yellow hue that your light box gives off in your kitchen.
Improving the lighting of your kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive. This isn’t about pendant lights or eye-catching chandeliers. Say goodbye to those mini lamps that you added to your countertop. Install under cabinet lights instead. Under cabinet lights are cheaper, can be installed under almost any cabinets, and won’t compromise the look of your kitchen. This extra lighting will also help you prepare your family’s meal more comfortably.
Refurbish the appliances
When renovating a home, homeowners usually replace appliances as well. Since you want to improve your kitchen, of course, you would also want to have improved appliances. Moreover, some of your appliances might have been maximized and are already not in their best condition.
However, replacing them is not always the best option. It can be more economically and environmentally wise to refurbish your appliances. Improper disposal of appliances can harm the environment. Thankfully today, there is a lot of information available about fixing kitchen appliances. As well, many appliance shops offer parts and repair of appliances. By refurbishing appliances instead of buying new ones, you get to save money and save the environment as well.
While upgrading your kitchen can be a lot of work, it will definitely be worth it when you reach your kitchen goals. A kitchen is where we spend a lot of time cooking, eating, socializing, and making memories with our families. Invest in good quality kitchen design and it will benefit you and your family for a long time.