There’s no reason why you can’t remodel your kitchen on a budget and give it a fresh new design. When you include new cabinets, tiles, paints, and appliances, a kitchen can be one of the most costly rooms to redesign. By following cut and sized boards specialists and overall home improvement experts, Cworkshop’s advice, you could remodel your kitchen yourself over several weekends without going over budget.
Make sure you have the necessary equipment, such as screwdrivers, a hammer, masking tape, pliers, paintbrushes, and lots of rags, before you begin. Having a greater level of optimism will also help!
1. Keep your old appliances
If your appliances are still in excellent working condition but seem somewhat worn, try an appliance-friendly abrasive cleaner and some elbow grease to make them appear brand new. This is also true of kitchen sinks, which can be made to seem new with the use of a decent cleaning. Plus, any money saved from new appliances can be put towards replacing your kitchen tap, which is an inexpensive upgrade that will make a big impact.
2. Replace light bulbs, and update socket plugs and light switch covers
This little investment will transform your kitchen without costing a fortune in new electrics.
It’s not difficult to change the covers on your outlets and light switches. To prevent electric shocks, make sure your electrical breakers are turned off before attempting any of this!
Replacing your lightbulbs is another great way to change the ambiance of your kitchen. Select a light bulb that reflects the atmosphere you want to create. To create a beautiful atmosphere, you may also utilise energy-efficient LED lights.
3. Maintain the kitchen layout
Keeping the layout the same is one of the simplest methods to keep expenses down. You’ll just need to undertake a cosmetic makeover if you keep all of the plumbing, electrics, and kitchen cabinetry in the same spot.
If you have the capacity, consider investing in a kitchen island that may double as a work surface. Consider purchasing a kitchen island with wheels so you can move it about your house with ease. It’s both more affordable and more functional.
4. Create space
If your kitchen is on the smaller side, you may want to consider removing all of the cabinet doors. The open shelf appearance will give the room a more open feel. You may also use wallpaper or paint the interior of the cabinet a different colour to make your open shelving area a focal point.
Remember to keep your shelves clear of clutter to complete the effect.
5. Give your furniture a makeover
Have you considered upcycling your kitchen furniture (tables and chairs)? Renovation of furniture is a fantastic cost-effective option. If your furniture is built of a high quality solid wood, a simple sanding and varnishing will instantly transform it. Otherwise, a simple coat of paint will suffice!
Handy tip: chalk paint is quick and simple to use, and you don’t always need to prepare your furniture before painting.
6. Refresh your walls with a fresh coat of paint
Re-painting your kitchen is one of the easiest methods to upgrade your design and have an immediate effect on your kitchen remodelling project.
Dirt and grease often accumulates on the walls of old kitchens, so start by washing them as thoroughly as possible. Then go to your local hardware shop and pick out a kitchen-friendly paint (that will be simpler to clean in the long run) in a bright colour that will liven up your kitchen.
7. Install a backsplash made of tiles
A tiled backsplash may help preserve your walls while also adding a fresh dimension to them. To reduce cost, only tile in select areas, such as under the sink and over the stove. To make your task simpler, look for self-adhesive tiles.
8. Already have a tiled backsplash? Paint it!
If you already have a tiled backsplash, get creative with some tile paint. This low-cost option might give your kitchen a breath of fresh air.
If the tiles you want to paint are glossy, you may need to gently sand the surface before applying the paint. Before you start painting, make sure you wipe the tiles to remove any dust. You may make or acquire stencils to aid in the completion of your project. You may even try painting your tiles freehand if you consider yourself a bit of an artist!
9. Repair your countertops
You may be able to repair a laminate countertop yourself if it has seen better days. If your countertop has significant cuts or missing sections, you can get some matching filler from your local hardware store.
First, ensure the cut is well cleansed and dried with rubbing alcohol. Next, squeeze a small amount of filler and smooth it out with a smoothing tool to ensure that it is evenly and thoroughly set. After the filler has dried, sand it down to mix it in with the rest of the countertop.
If your edging is loose, try reactivating the adhesive with an iron and ironing the edge back to the kitchen surface.
10. Invest in high-quality cabinet doors
If you have no choice but to replace your cabinet doors, Shaker-style doors are a great choice. Shaker-style doors will never go out of style, so all you have to do is spend some time changing the paint colour of your kitchen cabinets every few years to have a fresh new appearance.
Cworkshop creates custom Shaker doors from high-quality MDF (which is much cheaper than solid wood). You can even buy the doors in their unfinished state and paint them by hand!