- You don’t have to do it all at once. Start with the smaller changes while you save for the big ones.
- Plan ahead. Have at least an idea of measurements and color scheme of your new kitchen before forging ahead—this will save you many headaches.
As with most goals, we often get too impatient—especially those involving the most popular area of the house. But where we lack in cash,we can make up in time. Here are a few low-cost changes you can make yourself while you save for the big-ticket purchases like new cabinets, counter tops, flooring and appliances.
A new paint job is one of the most inexpensive changes you can make to your kitchen. Opt for quality paint and adequate prep materials, as a quality paint job will go a long way with the daily grime accumulation in the kitchen. A semigloss latex paint will allow you to easily clean up splashed food and beverage stains. If you’re painting kitchen cabinets yourself, aim for a professional gloss finish. It’s a little more work, but you’ll love the results and so will potential buyers if selling is in your near future.
Build a Backsplash
The beauty behind a backsplash is that they’re functional and materials are on your side — you can customize a backsplash to fit any budget. Some tips:
- Ceramic tile comprise the most popular kitchen backsplashes because the material is the most inexpensive, low-maintenance and versatile. Ceramic tile comes in tons of colors and patterns.
- For less than $50 in materials, you can opt for a sponge-painted backsplash that looks similar to tile.
- Glass and stone tile are the bigger-budget options, but provides an easy-to-clean dramatic look.
- Really anything can be made into a backsplash, from rocks in your back yard to wooden palettes to chalkboard paint.
- If you want to install a kitchen backsplash yourself, check out a helpful video tutorial.
Lighting is another inexpensive option in a new kitchen remodel that can fit most budgets. Choosing kitchen lighting may sound like an afterthought, but keep in mind customized lighting makes a world of difference in a home remodel. Layered lighting (example pictured above) can be applied to any style. While under-the-cabinet lighting is considered one of those budget-breakers, there are inexpensive options with a little elbow grease and the right tools.
Here’s a great guide on other DIY projects according to your budget level. Ready to tackle that resolution?