When you envision a kitchen remodel, you likely imagine the cabinets and countertops being completely ripped out and replaced. While that’s certainly an option, it’s not exactly in everybody’s budget. Total kitchen remodels are expensive. Luckily, there are other ways that you can makeover your kitchen without breaking the bank. Try these three simple, inexpensive ideas instead.
Cabinets make a big impact on your kitchen, so if you want to make a big change, then they should be your primary target. But don’t start ripping them down just yet. If your cabinets are structurally in good shape, you can keep them and simply repaint or refinish them. While it is a big job, it’s one you can do yourself to save money.
Just make sure that you’re doing a quality job on those cabinets: Remove all the doors and drawers completely, and take off the hardware too. This helps ensure a smooth finish. Additionally, take the time to properly prep the surface by stripping and priming the cabinets first. A little bit of extra time and effort will go a long way towards ensuring your repainted cabinets look fabulous.
A backsplash is a perfect way to add a unique, decorative touch to your kitchen. There are many styles of backsplash out there, and a lot of them are available in simple DIY sheets. Still crafted of quality materials like stone and ceramic, these backsplashes can adhere directly to your wall like wallpaper. The simple application makes this a simple makeover you can do in a single afternoon.
There are a lot of little details in your kitchen that, when upgraded together, can make a big impact on the space. Two perfect examples of this are your cabinet hardware and your wall plates; your kitchen has plenty of both of these things and upgrading them all can completely update the look of your kitchen without blowing your budget.
In order to make the biggest impact, it’s a good idea to completely change up the style of these items. For example, rather than simply changing the shape of your cabinet hardware, switch to something that’s a different shape and an entirely different material. Additionally, try to coordinate your new hardware with your light switch and outlet covers by finding matching materials for them all. You can easily find an outlet or light switch cover in many kinds of metals, including nickel, bronze, copper, and chrome, which all make excellent material options for your cabinet hardware as well.