The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in a home to renovate. The labor and material costs involved in a kitchen remodel are extremely high.
As a homeowner, you may have big kitchen dreams but the size of your budget makes your heart sink whenever you think about it.
According to HomeAdvisor, homeowners need $30,000 or more for a full-scale kitchen renovation with hardwood floors, custom kitchen cabinets, appliances, and granite counters.
Ideally, you have the budget to invest in home remodeling services, which can save you time and money in the long-run. However, knowing how you can save money early on can only help you.
Well, that looks way higher compared to your budget. Right? You’ve probably made peace with the fact that you’ll have to put up with an outdated kitchen for a few more years. Don’t give up just yet.
How about you make small but important improvements that will transform your kitchen space into a room that you enjoy spending time in?
First, you want to set a budget for your kitchen renovation and stick to it. Think of the things that are most important to you and write down your priorities. That said, here are five budget-friendly ways to renovate your kitchen.
Reface Kitchen Cabinets
New custom cabinets can take up to 40 percent of the average kitchen remodel cost, according to consumer reports. Chances are you don’t want to spend that much on your kitchen cabinets.
Why not buy only the cabinet doors and drawer fronts from a manufacturer and install them on the existing cabinets? You’ll need a drill or screwdriver for this work.
You can then apply veneer coating or repaint the cabinet boxes to give them a refreshing look. Make sure you prep and prime the surface before applying new paint. And don’t forget to replace the old handles and knobs with shiny ones.
Apply Paint to Your Kitchen Walls
Sometimes the only thing you need to do to completely transform the look of your kitchen space is to apply a fresh coat of paint to the walls.
Just don’t forget to add new curtains to complement the fresh look. Changing the colors gives your kitchen a refreshing new look. It feels like a huge change in the room.
Bright, friendly colors like baby blue or sunny yellow would be ideal for the walls. The good news is that you can do most of the grunt work for your kitchen painting job and save more money.
Stick With the Same Kitchen Layout
Changing your kitchen layout may involve shifting plumbing for the sink or dishwasher, moving doorways, and more- all of which can drive up your renovation budget. Think about it; do you really need to demolish that exterior wall? You don’t have to.
You can stick with your kitchen’s original layout while upgrading the elements within that framework. No need to worry about hiring professionals to move your plumbing, add new electricals, or put up a new exterior wall. This will save you tens of thousands of dollars.
Your appliances could be the most important thing in your kitchen but you don’t have to replace all of them during your renovation. You only need to replace those that you need. But still make sure you look for bargains on any new appliance you have to buy.
Sending your appliances to the landfill isn’t necessary. You can pay a professional to refurbish your appliances rather than spending thousands of dollars on a new appliance. Consider buying floor models of appliances as they can help you save a lot of money.
With plenty of information about repairing kitchen appliances available online, you can quickly learn how to fix yours.
Choose Your Countertops Wisely
If you’re looking to give your kitchen an affordable makeover, then take the time to shop around for budget countertops. A full-scale kitchen renovation often requires new upscale countertops which can be costly.
But you don’t have to go that way especially if you’re simply refreshing your kitchen cabinets. Consider less costly countertops like ceramic tile and cultured marble and set up the installation yourself.
Comparing prices of different materials can also help you save money. You could replace or cover the existing kitchen counters with wooden butcher tops.
If you can afford, consider mixing and matching different countertop materials. You could install granite countertops around frequently used areas and have less costly tops for other areas of your kitchen.
Don’t Forget Lighting
Lighting is a key component to your kitchen design. Not only does it add to the functionality of your kitchen space but also contributes to the beauty and ambience of the room. It’s important that you plan the appropriate lighting for your kitchen.
If your kitchen has overly dim lighting, it’s time to replace it with a brighter, warmer lighting. Also consider adding new light fixtures and replacing light switch panels with those that match the overall feel of your space.
Take time to compare prices online or at home improvement stores before buying new light switches and fixtures.