Kitchen Remodeling on the Cheap

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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Mention kitchen remodeling and people often focus first on the cost. While some kitchen remodeling projects can be pricey, there also are ways to update your space on a modest budget. Here are some ideas.

Focus on Kitchen Cabinets First

Your cabinets are a key focal point, so start by assessing their style and durability. If they are in good shape, consider painting them or doing a cabinet refacing. With a freshly painted exterior on new doors and drawers, you can turn a kitchen around for $500 to $4,000, respectively. Also consider:

  • Adding glass doors in a few kitchen cabinets. You can let light shine in and add some texture. Here are insights on the various styles from KraftMaid Cabinetry. Just make sure the interiors of the cabinets are clean!
  • Adding decorative cabinet hardware. From satin nickel knobs to ornate wrought iron pulls, there are hundreds of ways to update kitchen cabinetry with unique hardware.

Pick A Few Remodeling Touches

If you’re trying to do remodeling on a budget, you need to be selective about what you do–whether it’s a new kitchen countertop, faucet and sink, or replacement windows to get rid of those drafts in your kitchen. Here’s the scoop on when to consider replacement windows. You may be amazed at how comfortable a room can feel with the right windows.

Creative Remodeling Ideas

Creativity is always a help when remodeling on a budget. Here are a few ideas:

  • Instead of tearing down the wall between your kitchen and dining room, create a breakfast bar cut-out instead. You save on the construction costs and get a fun new eating space to boot!
  • Add rope lighting above your kitchen cabinets or in a special ceiling treatment. Add dimmer switches for added drama.
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  1. One Response to “Kitchen Remodeling on the Cheap”

  2. Oct 7, 2010

    Allison, here are three more ideas your readers can try when remodeling their kitchen on the cheap. A new coat of paint can completely change the look of a room at a small cost. Sometimes just updating trim color makes a kitchen look refreshed. Back splashes in striking patterns or colors can also be added easily and inexpensively. Choose inexpensive tile and hire a professional. All tile looks best when evenly and neatly installed. Finally, pick up wine racks for a few dollars at thrift stores. When stained to match cabinets, you can achieve the built-in look for a fraction of the cost.

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