5 Hot Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget

There aren't many people with huge budgets for remodeling or renovating their homes right now. That said, you may be planning to stay in your home and feel tired of the look or you may want to sell and need to do some serious sprucing up. Either way, it is definitely possible to remodel your kitchen and give it a fresh look despite a limited budget.

Simple Cabinet Renovations

Kitchen cabinets can be very, very expensive. The good news is that you can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen without spending a lot of money or buying new cabinets.

Start by sanding off the old finish or paint. Repaint with a new, fresher color. Take down the doors and hinges. Replace the old hardware with continuous hinges, for strength, and add some new knobs to the old cabinet doors.

If the cabinet doors are old or have a strange design, look for doors on clearance, or look for some other type of paneling you can use to make new cabinet doors. Think out of the box to add design and texture to the look of the entire kitchen.

Repurpose Old Furniture

You don't need to run out and spend thousands of dollars on a new kitchen island or on a new dining room table, especially if you can't find the perfect design. Spend some time looking around discount stores, antique stores, and even yard sales or auctions for inexpensive pieces.

For example, do you really need high backed chairs for your kitchen island or breakfast nook or could you use some old bar stools from the use furniture store up the street? Do you really have to buy an entire island or could you, like we saw on HGTV, take two small IKEA islands and push them together to make one sleek island/storage unit space? You are only limited by your own level of creativity.

Fresh Paint

You'd be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do to a room. Sometimes all you need is a fresh coat of paint to make a room look brighter or larger.

Do you have a theme for your kitchen? Pick colors that match.

Do you have a small kitchen? Choose a light color so that the room will look a bit larger.

Is your ceiling low? Make the ceiling paint color brighter than the walls to make it look higher.

Don't forget to use a separate color on your baseboards, molding, and trim to create contrast.

Ditch the Granite Slabs

Granite slabs look amazing, but they're expensive. Many people don't realize they can create the same effect a granite slab would have by simply using a few granite tiles instead. All you have to do is choose a darker color for your granite and then pair it with a dark colored grout. The effect is the same, especially from a distance, and will cost you a ton less.

Even better? Look for alternative materials. There are some faux-granite pieces that may look just as nice without costing nearly as much. The same goes for finished concrete.

Update Your Lighting

There are tons of things you can do with your kitchen's lighting and they'll all brighten up the room.

Start by looking at your current light fixture. Are you using the proper bulb or could you increase the wattage a bit? Should you take down your outdated globe or fixture and replace it with something trendier or simpler?

Another option is to remove your fluorescent lighting and replace it with track lighting. Track lighting can be very prominent or set back into the perimeter and adds a lot of class to a space. Create separate lighting fixtures for your eating and cooking areas and use them separately or together to brighten or change the atmosphere in the kitchen.

Updating your kitchen does not have to cost a fortune. A couple of small changes can make a huge difference in the way the space looks and some people may even think you completely remodeled!

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