Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget

So your New Year’s resolution is to finally update that kitchen, but you don’t have stockpiles of cash to do it all at once. Two things to remember:

  • 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.

Paint

Build a Backsplash

Lighting

 

Paint

Neutrals are always preferred, but contrasting paint colors gives this traditional kitchen more "pop."

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 tile backsplash in this kitchen bridges the neutral paint colors and deep wood tones in the cabinets. (Click for larger view)

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:

 

Change up the kitchen lighting

"Layering" lighting creates warmth and functional versatility.

 

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?

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