Just because you’re ready to shake things up and make your dream kitchen a reality, doesn’t mean you need to spend a small fortune to make that dream happen.
There are several ways you can add zip into a tired space that can save you money on one end, allowing you to spend a little more on the other. Giving you, the homeowner, the best of both worlds.
So how does one go about bringing that dream kitchen to life? Well, do we have some tips for you! Read on!
1. Kitchen Cabinets
Cabinets are probably one of the more expensive updates a kitchen can undergo. Take stock of the cabinets you already have. Are they real wood? If they are, consider painting them. This is a quick and easy fix that would cost, literally, pennies on the dollar compared to switching them out.
Bonus: pick out some new hardware to enhance the color choice and design ideas you’ve been considering!
2. Speaking of Cabinets
If you’ve decided to paint your cabinets, consider adding molding around the top edges along the ceiling line before you paint. This can add some much-needed pop for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
Get creative! Re-sale shops, barn sales, and tear-downs can be a gold mine of useable items for your kitchen. For instance, a large, old desk, or store counter can be repurposed and refinished into a unique, one-of-a-kind island for your kitchen.
Bonus: a lot of time these items can do double duty by providing additional storage space.
Light fixtures and architectural design elements like small, arched windows can also be used to add depth to your décor.
4. What Lies Beneath
Do you have an older house? Have tiles or linoleum on the floor? Ever wonder what’s hiding under those floors? Why not take a peek?
A lot of times beautiful wood floors found in older houses fell victim to fads of the 1960s and 1970s: the peel and stick floor. See what’s under those dingy, scuffed tiles – you may be pleasantly surprised. And, if not, it’s easy enough to replace the flooring with vinyl or laminate wood flooring in any number of patterns and shades – including faux wood.
5. Beadboard Paintable Wallpaper
Tiling your backsplash can add a beautiful touch to your kitchen, but if you really want to add character and save some money in the process, beadboard paintable wallpaper is a perfect option.
For under $30 per roll, homeowners can get some serious design-work out of such an easy process. By papering the backsplash with beadboard paper, you will add a design element that draws the eye, can be left white to contrast with wall and/or cabinet color, and give your kitchen the look of a country cottage.
Yes, you absolutely can accessorize your kitchen! Pops of color in picture frames, dish towels, even potted herbs and plants placed on the sill of a window sink can go a long way in breathing life into a dull and tired space.
Bonus: these elements can also be changed out on a regular basis, at minimal cost.
7. Replace Your Kitchen Countertops
With all the money you can save by using paint, paper, new cabinet hardware, and repurposed/salvaged materials, replacing your kitchen countertops with granite or quartz will increase your home’s resale value without breaking the bank.
They’ll also be the perfect finishing touch to your dream kitchen. Getting your dream kitchen on a budget doesn’t have to be hard. And by making changes that have a small financial impact while challenging your creative side, you just might find you’ve saved enough by going the DIY route to be able to splurge a little on other items – such as kitchen counters.
If that sounds like you, contact us for a detailed quote, and let our professionals add that final touch to your dream kitchen.
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