Budget Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Kitchens are, generally speaking, the most costly area of the home to remodel. Between supplies and labor, a full kitchen renovation can cost north of 30, 40, even 50 thousand dollars. Fortunately, it is possible to update your kitchen on a budget.

1. Cabinets

New cabinetry is expensive. In fact, it can account for 30-40% of your total kitchen remodel budget. However, there are a few cost effective tricks to refresh your existing cabinetry.

Painting

Painting your kitchen cabinets is definitely the most cost-effective way to update them. The process of sanding, priming, and painting is fairly time consuming, but your wallet will thank you.

Refacing

If your cabinets are outdated but structurally solid, consider refacing them. You’re best off having this done professionally, but it’s still a much more affordable option than a full replacement.

Hardware

Sometimes updated knobs are all it takes to make your existing cabinets feel brand new. Utilize soft-close hinges to give your cabinets a high-end feel.

2. Lighting

Updating light fixtures such as ceiling lights, mini pendants, and under-cabinet lighting makes for an affordable, dramatic kitchen makeover.

3. Flooring

Check Underneath

If your kitchen has older flooring, especially linoleum or vinyl, you might want to check out what’s underneath before planning to replace it. You’ll often find perfectly good hardwood under your existing floors that can be refinished for a fraction of the cost of new flooring.

4. Countertops

For a more affordable kitchen remodel, you’ll want to stay away from the nicer stone tops and opt for one of these budget friendly alternatives.

Laminate

Laminate countertops have come a long way. Stone and wood prints look super realistic, and new sealants prevent the scratching laminate is notorious for.

Wood

Wood, or butcher-block, counters add a level of warmth to a kitchen. While some butcher block counters can match or even exceed the price of high-end granite, more affordable varieties are widely available. Just remember, wood countertops require oiling every two to three years.

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