You don’t have to tear your entire home apart to renovate your kitchen. Remodeling any room can take weeks or months, can cost a fortune, and put a large portion of your home out of commission. A smarter, more environmentally-safe, and budget-friendly way of giving your kitchen a facelift is by making small changes that make a major impact. Focus your efforts on these renovations and save your sanity and your wallet.
- Rethink Your Cabinets – Cabinets take up a lot of space and if you don’t like them, you probably don’t feel comfortable in your kitchen at all. They are not only a major visual component to the room but serve many valuable storage functions. However, hiring a contractor to install new cabinets is costly and can take more time than you have. The more efficient and cost-effective way to update your kitchen is to use ready to assemble cabinets. These cabinets come in a variety of styles and colors and are so easy to install you can install them on your own!
- Restyle – Your kitchen should represent your personal style. Replace dated lighting fixtures with newer, modern ones. Accent your cabinets or kitchen table with accessories in shapes that complement each other. Change your window treatments to provide a fresh color palette to the room. Mix and match drawer pulls and cabinet knobs for a style that is unique and new.
- Reorganize – No one ever has enough storage space. Open up your kitchen and get organized with storage solutions that work. Consider the space above the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Shelving and cases can be placed in these areas for perfect displays. Get creative with organizational tools inside cabinets and drawers and use these spaces more effectively.
- Replace Old Appliances – If your kitchen is still run on old, energy-guzzling appliances, replace them. Newer, energy-efficient models may cost you up front, but the money you’ll save on your utility bills every month will add up. Check ‘scratch and dent’ warehouses in your area for these appliances at a fraction of the retail price. Go with a stainless steel refrigerator, range, and dishwasher for a sleek, modern, and versatile look.
- Redo – One way to add color, texture, and style to your kitchen is by creating a unique backsplash. This space on the wall behind the sink and countertops takes a lot from splashed water, oil, and food and needs to be easy to clean. That doesn’t mean it has to be ugly or boring. Make your backsplash your own by installing a glass or ceramic tile mosaic in a color that ties together the room. Or create a character with a water-resistant paint in a hue that camouflages stains.
Remember, renovating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. With a little creativity, budgeting, and effort, you can make changes to your kitchen that won’t break the bank. These small and inexpensive changes add up to give your space a big and luxurious looking lift.