Don’t Break The Bank When Redesigning your Kitchen

Don't Break The Bank When Redesigning your KitchenThe kitchen has fast become the centerpiece of many people’s homes which means we want to keep it looking in great condition at all times. Upgrading a kitchen is far from cheap, which is why taking out a short-term loan is an option taken up by many homeowners.

You obviously want to make the most of the funds available to you, so here is a list of 5 ways to save money redesigning your kitchen.

  1. Upgrade your hardware

Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference in how you look at your kitchen. Changing the sinks and taps, or cabinet and drawer handles can instantly refresh the entire space. The more you spend on these items the better quality you can secure and it is a more cost-effective option than spending money on new flooring or countertops.

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  1. Repaint the cabinets

The cabinet doors and joinery pieces represent the character of the kitchen. These can be easily rejuvenated at any time with a new paint job, which will cost less than replacing them. However, not everyone has cabinets that can be painted, so refacing is the best alternative. This means changing the drawer and cabinet fronts, which while more expensive than painting is still cheaper than installing brand new fixtures.

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  1. Mix up the counter tops

Many people think that all of the counter tops in the kitchen have to be identical and of the same material – but that isn’t the case. Installing granite or marble looks fantastic but it is a more expensive option. By mixing and matching various types – such as composites or laminates – you can still have standout countertops balanced with cheaper options that significantly reduce the cost. Divide them into sections so the areas that are used frequently feature the cheaper materials, while a centerpiece – like an island counter – can be of a higher quality.

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  1. Create a DIY kitchen island

Paying for someone to build a brand new fixed island, or installing one from a supplier can be quite expensive. Alternatively, you could convert an old table, or trolley into a movable island, saving money while still achieving the desired look. Adding some castors to the bottom of a table, while building the required shelving and cabinets around it, gives you functionality and style without having to break the bank.

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  1. Install a backsplash

Adding a backsplash to a section of the kitchen can have a big impact. A cheap and effective option is to apply a peel-and-stick backsplash that is quick and easy to put in place. For an even more bespoke option, the more experienced can install real tiles to create something special. If you already have a trowel and tile cutter then all you need to buy are the tiles and pre-mixed grout.

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  1. Maximize your current space

Changing the layout of your kitchen will invariably require you to do some rewiring and plumbing, which can get complicated and expensive. Make the most of what you have and work with a contractor to avoid moving fixtures around and concentrate on upgrading the existing fixtures and fittings you already have in place.

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A bonus tip: Apart from the hardware, upgrade your kitchen appliances as well. Switch to high-tech kitchen appliances, ditch your old cooking range and get a new propane gas grill. Update the food factory and all everyday tools like the blender, chopper, and more.
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Roll up Those Sleeves: 5 Easy DIY Kitchen Projects You Can Do in Your Spare Time

Does your kitchen need a bit of maintenance? No need to spend time hiring someone. Take a look at these 5 easy DIY kitchen projects you can do yourself. Roll up Those Sleeves: 5 Easy DIY Kitchen Projects You Can Do in Your Spare Time

If you are facing a long weekend or maybe a couple of rainy days and want to get a little creative, here are some fun DIY kitchen projects that you can knock out in a flash and still leave your kitchen with an updated look or add a little more pizazz. 

Replace a Fixture

Putting in a new faucet is an affordable and quick fix to add shine and function to your kitchen sink area. There are many new sleek design options to fit your lifestyle and budget. With some common household tools and good directions, you will have your new faucet up and running in no time.

Along with your new faucet, you may also want to try your hand at DIY dish detergent. It’s safe, inexpensive and very easy to make.  

Try a Peel-and-Stick Backsplash Kit

If your idea of a do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling project doesn’t include grout and sticky cement but you want to add a tile backsplash, then the peel-and-stick version is definitely for you! 

Everything is included in your kit, even the tools. There is less mess and it saves so much time. There are color options and styles to fit any decor and in just a few hours your new backsplash can be up as a beautiful addition to your kitchen. 

Switch Out the Cabinet Hardware

If you are looking for DIY kitchen ideas on a budget, changing out the cabinet hardware is one of the easiest and least expensive things to try. You will be surprised at how such a small change and make a big impact on the overall look of the space. 

Be sure you get the same size knobs and pulls like the ones you have now so there will be no need to re-drill any holes. 

Paint The Kitchen Cabinets 

This DIY kitchen project may take a little longer than the others, but it can completely change the look of your kitchen area. You do want to make sure you prepare for this job as you want to protect your counters, walls, and floor from paint splashes. 

As a hint, it is also a good idea to label your cabinet doors as you remove them so you will know exactly where everything goes when it’s time to put them back on. Make sure you use the right kind of paint for cabinets and invest in good brushes. 

If you decide that painting may not quite do the trick for the look you want, there is always the option for cabinet resurfacing

Add a Herb Garden

This last project will not only make your kitchen look and smell great, but it is also very helpful when you actually use your kitchen. With just a little time you can be on your way to producing oregano, rosemary, mint, sage or thyme. These herbs are easy to grow, maintain and add fresh delicious flavor to your meals. 

An indoor herb garden for your kitchen is a great addition for visual and culinary appeal. 

Which of These DIY Kitchen Projects Will You Try

It doesn’t take much time or money to try these DIY kitchen projects. In fact, you could probably fit in more than one during a weekend, or choose to do one at a time until soon you have almost a brand new kitchen with added value and style. 

For more tips or hints on DIY projects, please reach out. I’d love to share more ideas with you!
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