Sep 21 2010

Renovate Your Kitchen on a Budget

Published by at 10:30 am under Kitchens

The kitchen is perhaps the most expensive room in the house to completely remodel, but also the most important space when it comes to selling your home.  You may not be trying to sell, but still desire a freshly updated look.  Other than spending tens of thousands of dollars on a complete remodel, there are many affordable things you can do yourself to give your kitchen an entirely different look.  This article offers tips and ideas to help you create a fresh, appealing room that beckons to family as well as visitors.

Be aware that if you ever do decide to sell your home, the kitchen is often the room most closely scrutinized by buyers.  Many families spend a good deal of time in this room, and they want a room that is beautiful but relaxing as well.

Color

 

Color plays a vital role in the appearance and atmosphere of your kitchen.  Depending on your style preferences, you may want basic colors such as cream, tan or white to make the room look clean and bright.  For those who like a bit more splash and interest, color can be added on walls and counter tops, and also through the use of accessories.  Think colors like ocher, terracotta and blue if you desire a warm look.

Cabinetry

 

Cabinets are what usually add significantly to the cost of remodeling a kitchen.  If yours are still in decent shape, you might consider sanding and refinishing or even painting them a different color.  White cabinets look clean and give an airy atmosphere to the room.  Any color is fine, as long as it blends with the rest of your décor.  If you don’t want to refinish all of your cabinets, adding new drawer pulls and hardware can really change the look with a minimum of effort.

Appliances

 

This is another area where you can spend big bucks if you aren’t careful.  If your appliances are old and really need to be replaced, consider buying appliances that are used on the showroom floor of the store where you intend to buy.  Usually, appliances that have been used as display models can be bought for a fraction of the price of those in boxes.  If you simply cannot afford new appliances of any kind, consider painting those you have with appliance paint.

The simplest and most cost effective ways to give your kitchen a fresh new look is to paint the walls, update the floor and buy a few new accessories.  These days, you can buy flooring that is easy to install yourself.  You might also consider painting the baseboards and door trim a contrasting color to add more interest.

Keep clutter to a minimum on counter tops, it makes your kitchen look clean and organized.  Fresh herbs in terracotta pots add a nice touch, as do coordinated dish towels.  An accent rug placed in front of the sink helps keep the floor clean while adding a vibrant splash of color.  You may also want to create a centerpiece for the dining room table yourself by crafting it of dried herbs and greenery.  If your kitchen has more of a country theme, consider a wicker or rattan basket lined with gingham checked material and filled with fresh fruits.

Think outside the box, and let your imagination run wild.  There are many things that you can do to renovate your kitchen without spending too much money!

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