Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget
by Roger Diez
You are sick of those 1970's era harvest gold appliances, the sink is scratched, the flooring is worn, and the cabinets are dingy. Your kitchen needs emergency help, but you don't have the $25,000 handy for a complete kitchen makeover. Here are some ideas for freshening up your kitchen without breaking the bank.
Start With a Kitchen Makeover Plan
When considering kitchen remodeling, you need to plan carefully to get the biggest bang for your limited bucks. Make a list of all the items in your kitchen that need to be replaced, repaired, or updated. Then match those with cost estimates to see what you can accomplish. If you don't have to do everything at once, you can stretch your kitchen remodel over time and pay for it as your budget allows.
Economy Kitchen Remodeling Ideas
Some items on your list will be cheaper than others. For instance:
- Paint is cheap, and you can do it yourself
- Sinks. A new sink can make an impact for a relatively low cost
- New fixtures, such as a pull-out faucet won't break the bank
- Refinish kitchen cabinets, as long as they are structurally sound
- Add new cabinet hardware for a relatively small cost
- Lighting is another area that can give you big results for a small expenditure
Kitchen Ideas for Savings on Big Ticket Items
Of course, some items in your kitchen remodel may cost some serious money. Appliances, flooring, and countertops are in that category. If your appliances are still functional but the wrong color, you can replace panels or paint them, If you have an appliance outlet store in your area, you can save up to 50 percent and more on discontinued or returned refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers. For flooring and countertops, a visit to your local home improvement store can give you some ideas on do-it-yourself materials that may vastly improve the look of your kitchen.
Plan your kitchen remodel carefully, and you can do the work over time on weekends, minimizing kitchen downtime and paying as you go.
About the Author:
Roger Diez is a freelance writer and a survivor of two major kitchen remodels.