If your kitchen needs a facelift, knocking everything out and starting from the ground up would be considered a full renovation. The kitchen is one of the priciest rooms in most homes, filled with high-tech appliances, high-end flooring, cabinets, countertops, and more. Getting into a full renovation of your kitchen could cost you tens of thousands for a full remodel. However, there are options for smaller budget kitchen renovation projects that can transform functionality and cosmetic appeal of your kitchen without a crazy price tag. We’ll cover some of these ideas in this article to help you make a checklist of what may be possible with your kitchen.
First things first
Have a budget in mind. When you go into any project, you should have a number in mind that you’re able to live with. Otherwise, your project can end up costing you much more than you anticipated. Make lists of wants, needs and don’t wants so you can easily navigate all the options. Maybe you’re happy with your cabinets but can’t stand your appliances. Or you love your sink but loathe your countertops. When looking for items that fit your needs, try buying quality used or sale items that still are in good working condition but usually can save over half the normal price. This is especially true for appliances, flooring, and backsplash tiles. Consider these easy-on-the-wallet changes you can make.
The most obvious, low-price change you can make to your kitchen is painting. With today’s paint prices, the average kitchen can get a nice facelift for around $50 including all materials you’ll need. That’s if you do-it-yourself of course. Pick a color that will go with your kitchen as you make other upgrades down the road. Lighter, neutral colors are usually safe because they brighten the space and are easy to pair other elements with. It’s possible to paint your walls, cabinets, and ceiling. It is not recommended to paint a countertop as it will likely chip or scrape off easily. We’ll cover more about painting cabinets.
If your cabinets still have good bones, it’s possible to make or purchase cabinet doors and install new hardware for them. Take a look at Pinterest for ideas on cabinet makeovers.
There are many tricks to painting cabinets that may work for you. The products on the marketplace range from gel stains to durable paints, standard paints with protective coatings, and milk paint. Research this process online to get an idea for what best suits your skill level. Some pros recommend fully disassembling, cleaning, sanding, priming and painting. However, it really depends on the type of product you use. There are some out there that don’t require any sanding or priming! Cabinets are a great upgrade for a smaller budget kitchen renovation project.
Your countertops may be dated laminate, and maybe you’re looking for something a little more “in.” These days, it seems like natural stone is all the rage. From quartz to marble, granite to soapstone, there are lots of natural stone countertop options available that really bring that high-end feel to any kitchen. However, if you’re on a budget, these options may not work for you. If you have one thing you could spend money on, this may be that one thing that you’ll choose to go all in with. These days, you can get natural stone starting around $32 per square foot installed in most cases. Check with your local natural stone dealer or local home store to find out what the best deals are, and go with your gut. Other options include alternatives and DIY projects that can be done for around $200.
Upgrading appliances are on the minds of most people who want to renovate their kitchen. The great thing is, you can often find used appliances at local retailers, online user-to-user forums such as Facebook Marketplace and Offerup, and even items on sale at your local home center or appliance dealer that may fit your needs. Remember, you don’t have to replace everything at one time. You could do the refrigerator first, then move on to the stove and dishwasher in a couple of months when you’re ready.
There are many great flooring options out there. If you’re comfortable learning how to install flooring, doing some research online will teach you all sorts of things about how to do it. Tile is the most popular flooring for kitchens. Visit your local tile and flooring center to check out some of their prices. Most dedicated tile stores will have quality tiles on sale that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re comfortable doing your own installation, you could save hundreds!
When it comes down to it, performing a smaller budget kitchen renovation is definitely possible. If you’re unsure of how to proceed, contact the professionals here at American Services of Tennessee. We have performed hundreds of renovations and remodels and are happy to be of service any way we can. Maybe you’re at a stand-still because of flooring issues or aren’t comfortable installing or updating cabinets. Whatever the issue, we can help.
Reach out to us today by calling (615) 356-6662 or drop us a line through the form below and we will get right back in touch with you. We look forward to helping you get your kitchen updates done on budget and on time!