Tips for a Cost Effective Kitchen Makeover

1. Keep your cabinets! Resurfacing and painting or a new veneer or just new doors can save you a bundle in the long run because new cabinets are the biggest cost in a kitchen remodel. You can also add inexpensive open shelving to add interest to to the space or to go in place of some existing cabinetry.

 Color can go a long way in transforming your kitchen cabinets.

Color can go a long way in transforming your kitchen cabinets.

2. Invest in good countertops! But consider breaking up the space with mixed materials. Granite or stone tops are great but add butcher block or a tile mix to add depth to the space and save on materials.

 Mixing it up adds depth!

Mixing it up adds depth!

 

3. Keep your appliance floor plan! Moving appliances can be expensive as the electrical changes or mechanics may require a professional.

 Keep that floor plan to save!

Keep that floor plan to save!

4. Get creative with an island! A cabinet island is grand but you can also repurpose old furniture with a great countertop and add a lot of interest to the room as well as save bucks. Make sure it's countertop height (36 inches) and remember that in some cases you can add casters for height.

 Chests, tables, desks and vanities can double as kitchen islands.

Chests, tables, desks and vanities can double as kitchen islands.

5. Open up without tearing down! You can open up a kitchen by creating a cost effective cutout in lieu of tearing out walls. You can avoid electrical issues by doing so and still have that breezy floor plan you desire.

 Doors are so '80s! Open up and show off your kitchen.

Doors are so '80s! Open up and show off your kitchen.