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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to update kitchen on a budget, 6 tips and photos for alternatives to a complete remodeling job.

If you think there's no alternative to a kitchen remodel - think again! There are easier solutions for updating a kitchen, and much easier on the budget! A complete remodel can be time consuming, costly, (most people go way over budget) and a big inconvenience. Here are 6 tips for updating your kitchen on a budget.

1) If your upper kitchen cabinets doors are all wooden, this can look boring (or too dark in the case of wood cabinets). Talk to a carpenter about inserting glass behind a few of the doors. The kitchen below is much more interesting due to the addition of glass in the doors. You could do this on the corner cabinet only, or the one above the stove (if it is centered).

Updating the kitchen cabinets by adding
glass inserts in the doors creates
a huge impact on a low budget
2) Get creative with kitchen hardware. Instead of replacing all the knobs with new knobs, create variety. Some of the knobs could be changed to long handles, while others remain the same. Below is a photo of a Kernersville NC Kitchen. We recommended that the homeowner create variety by mixing in handles with knobs.

A hardware upgrade makes a big
impact on a low budget!
3) Add crown molding! A deep crown molding at the top of the cabinets can really update the look. See above photo. You can have your paint color matched by taking a door to the paint store, be sure to consider the sheen as well.

4) Replace one area with a contrast color. Example, the kitchen island and/or the hood above the stove could be painted a contrast color, such as a dover white, taupe, or a camel color. See photo with caramel stove hood at bottom.

Notice how the pendant light, bar stools, update to cabinet doors (grass cloth) 
and new hardware transform this kitchen. 

5) Moving kitchen cabinets or changing the placement can create a big impact on a small budget. See photo at bottom.

6) Replace the fluorescent lights!! This makes a huge impact. Pendant lights and recessed lights make a nice impact.

Notice the varying heights, the corner cabinet with glass doors, and the beautiful tile back splash instead of a microwave over the stove, after all, you'll spend a great deal of time there!

Greensboro, NC kitchen remodel
NOTE: It's smart to determine how long you will live in a home before tackling a major kitchen renovation, as well as consideration of what you can recoup during resale.

In this High Point, NC Kitchen, we moved the microwave
from above the stove to an unused desk area so we could
add a pretty tile back splash and a custom hood for the stove.
We added pendant lights, all this for major impact on a low budget.
See before & after photos of this room on the web site.
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To update your kitchen, know that with a little imagination, there are alternatives to a complete kitchen remodel, which is great to know when you're on a budget.


Birmingham, AL Kitchen Remodeling said...

Thanks for sharing these tips.I shall follow these tips to remodel my kitchen on a budget.

Justin Bielamowicz said...

Love the idea of adding glass to cabinets. Also, I think it's fun to take out some old cabinets and replacing them with open shelves. That's bound to save a few $.