Do you know that saving for a kitchen remodeling project is more or less similar to putting money down for a new car? Yes, it can be extravagant. However, if you’re looking for ways to do this without breaking the bank, then you’ve come to the right place. You can definitely have your kitchen redone on a budget!
How does someone on a tight budget pull off a good kitchen renovation? Before reaching the nearest kitchen remodeling contractor, make sure you have a carefully planned design in mind. This should be your top priority. Ask yourself the following: what do i want for my new kitchen? Then make a list of what you want done. Most importantly, don’t forget to create a budget plan. You don’t want to stay off-track from your resources, do you?
Low cost ideas for a kitchen remodeling project
1. Raise the ground. If you want a brand new floor, try the repainting method. This is the best way to update a floor that is made of wood material that wears out over time. If your existing floor is made of tile, you can save money by applying a tile stencil instead of replacing the entire material. This way, you can save more.
However, if you prefer to skip the repainting method and still want your floor to look polished and new, you can do some DIY things, such as the following:
- Clean the grout between the tiles or wood panels. You can use a store-bought cleaning solution, or you can choose to make your own natural cleaning solutions at home.
- Clean the surface. You can also do this if you think that cleaning the grout will not be enough. While you are already in the cleaning mood, you can also clean the entire surface of the floor. Whatever cleaning solution you want to use, make sure it’s not harsh on your floor. Check the ingredients of those surface cleaners sold in hardware stores. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to ask.
- Put a new carpet. This will be the most effortless method. A new carpet can give a fresh touch in no time. You can improve the look of your kitchen floor without covering it completely.
- For wood, treat the wood again. You can use wood stain or varnish to either change the color or renew the color. Make sure the mixes are of high quality and match the type of wood on the floor.
- For cement and tiles, restoration using specialized cleaners. You can choose to power wash the floors to restore the tiles or you can use cleaning products that restore the original appearance of the tiles and cement treated floors. There are also substances that make cement and tile floors look better by adding a glossy surface or improving the gloss of the floor.
2. Keep the cabinets, but change the doors. Kitchen cabinets are important to your storage options. If you feel that it already looks boring, you can update its facade by (a) repainting, (b) removing the doors for an open shelf option, or (c) attaching a new trim or detail.
3. Upgrade the lights. Light is great in the kitchen. You can use DIY lighting kits, such as recessed light conversion fixtures, or you can hire an electrical contractor to get things done flawlessly.
4. Change the look without removing the entire footprint. Replacing the overall footprint of your kitchen can be expensive, but you don’t have to be. You can install a new backsplash and countertop instead, and you’ll be surprised to see that much-needed difference.
5. Repaint the walls. Repainting your kitchen walls will give your kitchen a new look in no time. Make sure you choose your colors wisely.
6. Add a breakfast corner or coffee corner. Have you been wondering what you can do with that unused corner space? Put a functional but worthy corner to chill! You only need an inexpensive table and chair for this.
7. Get creative with a few touch-ups. Touch-ups are good if you don’t want elaborate work in the kitchen. All you need is your creativity and sense of style to make things. Here are some of the creative things you can add to your kitchen to improve its appearance.
- Upgrade the device and some pieces of furniture. If you think that your old dining table looks bulky and not suitable for that minimalist look you were trying to achieve, you can choose to replace your set with a new one. Look for a minimalist design or something that matches your desired theme. You can also replace an old refrigerator, but keep some kitchen equipment with heavy equipment.
- Add floating cabinets. This is applicable if you want to fill some unused spaces with storage. You can also use floating cabinets for decoration—for example, to put some plants and books.
- Integrate some chalkboard panels. Chalkboard panels are fun! You can write your important reminders (for example, “don’t forget to buy milk”) or the menu and write some good quotes for that much needed daily motivation. Find some unused wall space for this, but a good placement will be next to the fridge (it will be hard to miss).
- Work on using kitchen labels. This is a fun but purposeful DIY touch-up. Label your condiments and food containers in style. If you’re using bottles for your vinegars, oils, and soy sauce, labels sure make those bottles look nice. Above all, avoid any chance of mistaking white sugar for salt.
- Make a kitchen pegboard. A kitchen pegboard works well if you have a small space, but it can also add charm and character to a large space. Check for online DIY tutorials on how to install it properly.
Call your kitchen remodeling contractor
Now that you have your plans and low cost ideas, you can discuss things with your trusted contractor to get started. If you are worried about the result, don’t be! A kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be expensive to look good.