From hardware replacements to a total gut job, whether your budget is big or small, a kitchen update is within your reach. Keep reading to find out the best updates and changes to do to make the biggest impact on your kitchen, within your budget.
Update Cabinet Hardware
A very affordable update is to replace your cabinet’s hardware with one of today’s popular options: vintage-look glass, burnished bronze, antiqued copper, pewter and shiny or matte nickel. This quick and easy change can make dated cabinets look new. Tip: To ensure that new pulls and knobs match the existing holes, remove one of each type and take them with you when shopping.
Replace Sink Faucets
Sink faucets have come a long way in recent years. Current models offer detachable sprayers, hidden soap or lotion dispensers and touch-sensitive, knob-free operation. Faucets also come in a wide variety of finishes and styles, from formal Victorian to ultra modern, making it easy to coordinate the faucet with your home’s decor.
Paint or Refinish the Cabinets
Painting your existing cabinets is an inexpensive update that even a newbie DIYer can handle. Some sandpaper, paintbrushes and a few gallons of primer and paint are all you need to give your kitchen a fresh, new look. Get step-by-step instructions for how to refinish or paint your cabinets here.
Add Hidden Storage
Every kitchen could use more storage. This cleverly concealed drawer, designed by Dave Stimmel, provides the perfect place to keep cooking necessities within easy reach of the stove. Built-in storage like this can be a costly addition. To keep costs down, check your local hardware store for pull-out storage kits and drawer organizers that will fit your existing cabinets.
Add Sufficient Lighting
In addition to improving the overall look, the right lighting also makes a kitchen more functional and appear larger. Brighten up by adding under-counter illumination, task lighting above work surfaces and ambient lighting, such as recessed lights. This kitchen uses all three to great effect. Plus, installing energy efficient lighting will reduce your power bill!
Adding a tile backsplash, even trendy glass tile, is a relatively simple DIY project. Many home improvement and tile supply stores offer free, hands-on classes to teach you the basics. Even if you’re not comfortable tackling the backsplash installation yourself, having a pro install it won’t break your budget, as backsplash areas usually aren’t a huge amount of square footage, so you can still work it into your budget.
New flooring can change the feel of your kitchen. Hardwoods lend a warm, traditional look while natural stone, such as marble or travertine, adds a polished vibe. This kitchen mixes the two for a unique and eye catching finish. No matter which flooring material you choose, it can greatly affect the appearance of your kitchen, so if you do not have the money to remodel all aspects of your kitchen, or are remodeling in stages, replacing your flooring is a smart choice!
Add an Island
An island provides additional cabinets, a handy location for a sink or stove and the perfect spot for a casual meal or keeping an eye on the kids while they finish up homework. This cottage-style kitchen beautifully combines vintage-style details with a modern, open-concept layout.
New countertops will give any kitchen an updated look. Laminate remains the least expensive option while granite and marble are the most desirable. More trendy choices are concrete and metals such as pewter, copper or stainless steel. Another countertop material that’s gaining popularity rapidly are Quartz countertops, which is one of the hardest surfaces on earth making it super durable. It’s also nonporous,scratch resistant, and has built in anti-microbial protection which inhibits the growth in bacteria, mold, and mildew, making cleaning and maintenance a breeze!
Appliances are more than just your kitchen’s workhorse, they also add to the overall look. Professional-grade stainless steel continues to be the most desirable. Also hot are retro-look appliances from the ’20s – ’50s. Like lighting, investing in energy efficient appliances will pay off in the long run by saving you money on your utilities.
If your budget allows, a complete kitchen remodel is the way to go. New flooring, electrical, cabinets and plumbing allows the opportunity to create a more functional layout. Although it can be costly, removing walls separating the kitchen from adjacent living spaces is a popular option for those desiring an open floor plan. Also keep in mind that you do not have to do the entire remodel at one time, although if you can afford it, it saves time to do it all at once, however if saving money is more important, consider doing an entire kitchen remodel in stages as your budget allows.