Tips for Remodeling on a Budget
Your kitchen is a very special place. It’s the place where you get your family and loved ones together to enjoy a home cooked meal, it’s the place where everyone ends up at parties and it’s the place where your kids’ pictures get stuck on the refrigerator! In short, the kitchen is the heart of the home.
So, what do you do if your kitchen fails to impress? Whether yours is hopelessly outdated or whether you’re just bored of your existing décor, it can be pretty depressing to have to spend time in a kitchen that isn’t the perfect domestic oasis. The obvious answer is a kitchen renovation, but if you’re on a tight budget it can feel out of the question.
The good news is there’s a lot you can do to upgrade your existing fixtures and fittings without breaking the bank. Our guest contributor, Mason Gregory, provides these top tips for keeping your budget in check!
Upgrade Your Hardware
One of the things that can make any kitchen look aged and unattractive is old-fashioned hardware. Take a good look at your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Are the drawer handles and cabinet knobs showing their age? It’s time to invest in some new ones. There’s absolutely no need to invest in a whole new fitted kitchen when you can choose some attractive new handles and pulls that will add a touch of modern class to your space.
While you’re upgrading your hardware, it could be a good time to look at getting a new faucet too. It will bring a new look to your sink area without having to spend a fortune. There are so many different options out there now that you’re sure to be able to achieve a whole new look at a fraction of the cost of a new sink unit. Go online for more details and wash up in style!
Get Out The Paints
Paint is pretty cheap. Whether you have a large or small kitchen, giving the whole room a fresh lick of paint won’t cost much and will give a whole new feel to the room without having to replace all your cabinets and drawers. Choose a neutral color for a modern feel or opt for something bright that contrasts with your cabinets. Alternatively, why not create a feature wall? Nobody said feature walls were only for living rooms! While you’re painting, don’t stop at just the walls! Why not give your cabinets a fresh coat of paint too? You’ll be surprised by how different your room can look with refreshed cabinets.
Jazz Up Your Tiles
If you have a tiled kitchen, you might think you’ll have to take them all off and start again if you want to get a new look for your walls. There’s no need. There are paints available now which you can use to refresh your tiles. With ever improving technology and products on the market, the paints now available make it easier for DIYers to make it look professional. Turn your old-fashioned kitchen into a minimalist marvel with a lick of white paint or create a multi-colored effect by painting different tiles with different colors. Tile decals to bring a stylish new look to your walls. You can use these quite sparingly and still create an amazing effect.
Add Decorative Details
Another cheap solution to upgrading your kitchen involves using decorative sticky-back paper to decorate your cabinet doors. Simply choose an attractive, contrasting color or matching pattern, cut out a rectangle that will fit neatly onto the door of each cabinet and then surround the newly refreshed rectangular space with some affordable molding. It looks impressively expensive but it’ll cost you very little. It’s an amazing way to get a designer look.
Refresh Your Windows
Your kitchen windows are often overlooked, but you can refresh your space effectively by investing in a new pair of kitchen drapes or switching out the blinds. In any heavily used area, these tend to be one of the first things that start to show their age, thanks for cooking oils and heavy every day use. This is another affordable way to achieve a new look. If you already have drapes, why not consider a roller blind instead? A Roman blind could be a great alternative for a more modern look.
With these affordable kitchen renovation ideas in mind, the heart of your home will get an amazing upgrade at a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen!
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