You will need to put in some extra work if you want to get a dream kitchen without spending too much money. However, this gives you an extra freedom to modulate individual moving parts in order to achieve the exact visual appearance you’ve imagined. If you are interested in getting there without parting with too much cash, here are a few neat tips on how to remodel your kitchen on a budget.
Do not throw away the cabinets just yet
Cabinets are usually the stylistic forefront of your kitchen. They tend to accentuate the corners and determine how cozy the area will appear to be. If you like the general outline of your cabinets, yet they are in dire need of refurbishing, you can simply buy a bucket of paint and lacquer, but choose a color that will really make a difference.
Additionally, you can purchase a whole package of small handles which you can use to replace the old ones and lend the additional edge to your cabinets. Truly, this is a detail that can really help your kitchen pop, and you’ll spend chunk-change on them.
Purchase reused material for backsplash and countertops
Consistency is the key of beautiful interiors. Even when designers try to shake things up a bit by creating eclectic environments, there is an underlying logic and homogeneity to the proceedings – everything is balanced. This is why you need to determine a unified style for your backsplash and countertops.
Using a different material for each of these surfaces is a slippery slope, and if you do not want to spend too much money on the remodel, do not even try to go down this route. Instead, find a “retailer” of recycled building material and find second-hand tiles that will mesh well with your cabinets. Tiles are the best option due to their durability and reliability.
You can usually leave the floor alone
Floors are usually made to last, so when it comes to remodels, if the kitchen flooring is in good condition, you should probably just keep it. Make sure to cover it during the renovation in order to protect it from any serious scrapings and other damage. If it is parquet or another type of wood flooring, you can finish it off with a bit of lacquering and add a pair of vintage textured round rugs to tie the room together and offer some kind of variation to the previous look.
If the floor is tile, ceramic or another type of hardened material, use the remodeling as an opportunity to clean it up thoroughly and reach the tight places you couldn’t reach before the remodel.
Keep the crucial hotspots where they are
One of the most regular tips you’ll get if you want to remodel your kitchen without spending too much money is not to change the position of an already established “kitchen work triangle” – which is basically the “trail” between the three most frequented hotspots in the kitchen: sink, refrigerator and stove.
When it comes to these three and other additional electrical appliances, changing their location means you’ll have to do a lot of additional work – like running a new “web” of electrical wiring, gas pipes, plumbing pipes, and other necessary tweaks. It is best if you kept everything in its current place. Furthermore, if you need to purchase a new appliance or a sink, you can just replace the old one and attach it to the existing wires and/or pipes.
The same goes for window locations – even if you have the financial means to change the framing, avoid doing any additional wall-tearing and size reconfiguring. It will eat up a lot of time and empty your pockets.
Even if you are financially prepared for a project that is as intricate as the kitchen remodel, you should always be on a lookout to cut costs. The goal is to achieve maximum visual impact without sacrificing the quality of the material, and if you follow at least a few of the tips above, you’ll be well on your way to create the kitchen of your dreams.
Article written by Diane Smith. Diana is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to home decor and latest DIY projects. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.