Tight on budget but have plans on remodeling your kitchen? Tell you what… You don’t have to spend a couple thousand bucks to have that kitchen remodeled. Home Advisor tells us that a kitchen remodel may range from $12,000 to $34,000.
We know that sometimes a kitchen needs to be remodeled for a fresh look especially in older homes where there may be hidden damages. But more often than not, every homeowner’s goal is to simply improve a kitchen’s look and usefulness so here are some tips to make the process go more smoothly for you:
Painting the Cabinets
For a fresh new look made for functionality and style for a fraction of the cost, updating the kitchen is a relatively easy fix that that transforms the entire room. Cabinets help define the looks and the feel of the kitchen and a new design helps improve the overall appeal of your home.
- The right paint color: Re-painting your cabinets is the best way to update old and outdated cabinets without too much effort but with less cost. Painting the cabinets is an inexpensive way to give the modern looks; you simply need to choose a color that complements your kitchen appliances.
- Use a primer: Applying a primer or undercoat is recommended for almost all painting jobs which is designed for better adhesion so the paint sticks to the surface. It seals the material being painted so the paint doesn’t soak into the material requiring less coats as well as seal away blemishes and other discoloration.
- Clean the wood with grease remover first before painting to ensure the paint sticks
- Label your cabinet doors as they need to go installed exactly in the same place where they were
- Be patient to wait until the they’re completely dry before placing them back
- Roll up the rugs, clear the countertops and remove the curtains before starting
Replacing the Cabinet Doors
Vinyl, wood, glass… there’s plenty of materials to choose from with numerous designs. Replacing the cabinet doors is the best way to give your kitchen especially your cabinets a whole new look. Though, take note, the interiors should still be firm and strong, if so, it might be better to just replace your cabinets.
- Make sure to be accurate when measuring your cabinets for the replacements doors
- Order replacements straight from the manufacturer to save money
- Replace worn-out rickety hinges and drawer slides and replacements should be of excellent quality as they wear down with time
Another alternative for homeowners with older cabinets in good condition is to remove the doors altogether and convert their existing cabinets to open shelving. The interiors of the cabinets can be sanded, painted or stained for a completely new and modern look but make sure your cabinets are deep enough to hold your saucepans or tall enough to accommodate your cookie trays, but if not, replacing them completely may be the better option.
- Display Items you love: Your everyday cups and plates are great candidates for open shelving because they are used and washed frequently which means dust have no place in them
- Don’t overload your shelves: A jammed shelved full of stuff makes your while kitchen feel cluttered and isn’t just a sight to see