Remodeling your kitchen can become very costly quickly. If you’re looking for a complete makeover, you can easily spend more than $50,000 before it’s all said and done. But not all remodeling ideas need a five-figure budget. Even tiny changes can dramatically improve your kitchen’s look and function.
From fixing cabinetry to installing new lighting, simple improvements can help bring your old, outdated kitchen into the modern day while saving you a ton of money and time. Here are a few of the best kitchen remodel ideas for those on a budget. Improve your kitchen without destroying your bank account.
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Replace or Renew Your Cabinets
One of the biggest expenses for kitchen remodeling is replacing your cabinetry. This requires removing old cabinets, installing new cabinets, and cleaning or repairing your walls. But if your old cabinets are still in decent condition, new cabinets aren’t strictly necessary.
Normally, only the front of the cabinets need remodeling, so you can usually get away with just touching up old cabinets with a fresh coat of paint or introducing new trim or molding. If your cabinet doors are looking shabby, consider removing them entirely for an open-air look.
Additionally, if you’re going to repaint your cabinets, we recommend using a bright white semi-gloss paint, which can really give your old cabinets new life. You can also replace your cabinet interiors with new liners for a great new look while helping to protect your wood from decay.
Fix Up Your Backsplash Where It Counts
If you’re looking to revitalize your kitchen’s tiling and backsplash, consider only replacing or installing new backsplash tiling where it really matters, like your sink and stove. While a full tiled wall over your countertops looks incredible, it can also end up costing you a pretty penny.
If your current countertop walls are in good shape and their color and design support it, adding your new tiling over your sink and stove alone will cost you a lot less than covering an entire wall. And it will still look and feel brand new!
If you already have tile but are wanting a new look and feel, try painting your tile with a stencil pattern. You can easily find tile stencil patterns online that will suit just about any remodeler’s taste. With an hour or so of handiwork, your tiles can look totally unique!
Install New Lighting
New lighting will change your kitchen’s look and feel, but a full rewiring can become cost-prohibitive very quickly. Instead, consider adding some simple pendant lighting over your island or seating areas, changing your regular switches to dimmers, and finding creatives ways to provide under-cabinet lighting such as using LED string lights.
There are also simple DIY kits available to install recessed lighting fixtures throughout your kitchens that will cost you less than $30 apiece. In a little under half an hour, you can install your own lighting fixtures without having to pay for an electrician!
Upgrade Your Faucet
A full sink replacement can cost you hundreds of dollars depending on the features, while a new faucet-head can improve the functionality and appearance of your sink for much less. A single-handle stainless steel faucet with a pull-down swivel is ideal for simple installment and use in most homes. If you are still thinking about a full sink replacement, a simple drop-in model is versatile and won’t break the bank.
Update Your Storage
Consider adding unique storage options like pullout trays for your cabinets and shelves, or retractable racks to hold your pots and pans. Additionally, if you have a pantry you can replace your normal pantry door with an attractive barn-style sliding door. This will help save you walkway space and increase your pantry’s accessibility while looking fantastic.
Replace, or Simply Paint, Your Floors
New floors will dramatically improve your kitchen’s aesthetic, but a complete overhaul is a major expense. If you have old wooden floors, simply applying a fresh coat of paint can save you thousands compared to a professional refinishing job. Just make sure to use a polyurethane-based enamel!
Take Advantage of Repurposed Items
If you have mismatched old chairs or tables available that aren’t too worn down, or if you can find garage sale furniture that doesn’t need a serious overhaul, a simple paint job can may be all you need to create a nice matching set for your new dining space. If you have or can find a rug in decent condition, adding it to your sink station can also update your look and help protect your floors from frequent spills.
DIY at Grayco
If you’re ready to start your kitchen remodel on a budget, visit your local Grayco today. We have everything you need to bring your kitchen ideas to life.