Remodeling and updating a kitchen can be crazy expensive. It can make you feel that you cannot even start the remodeling process because you don’t have the budget.
This is my kitchen. It was last updated in the 1960s. Yes those are brown appliances (that do not work) We are saving up to remodel it.
Here are some tips on how you can spruce up your kitchen, while you save for the remodel or complete overhaul.
change out cabinet hardware – Find some really nice knobs or handles you like and swap out the old for new. Make sure that they can fit in or cover the existing holes.
paint the walls – this is a great way to make a big change, for little money. This is my favorite way to change a room until we are ready to remodel.
change the light fixture – if you are going to get a new light fixture when you remodel and you know what it is, get it now. To me buying a new one to change it again with a different one, would be a waste of money, so buy the one you want now. This works unless you are getting can lights, then you could go to a local Habitat for Humanity and get a inexpensive light.
repaint cabinets – if your cabinets are in good shape, you can repaint them. You will more than likely need to sand before you can paint them, but this works great to transform your kitchen.
keep plumbing where it is – if you like the layout of your kitchen, keep the plumbing where it is at. Having to move plumbing can be expensive
remnant granite – visit the granite shop and see if they have remnants. You may be able to find something at a discount for your kitchen.
scratch and dent appliances – if you have kids, they are going to dent you appliances eventually anyway. Look for scratch and dent models, they are discounted and can save you money. If you buy new appliances before your actual remodel, you may end up denting/scratching them when they are put into place.