Updating Your Kitchen Cabinets
Getting the most value from your home is paramount. Updating your kitchen is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home and make it more appealing to buyers. Cabinets make a big first impression, and old looking or dated kitchen cabinets detract from the aesthetic appeal of the room. But you can change the color, look and feel of your cabinets without breaking the bank.
Should I go standard or custom? Going custom offers more flexibility and you can create something that will fit both your space and your taste; however, custom work is significantly more expensive. Standard cabinets are the more affordable option, though standard issue does limit your options in terms of size and depth. Consider installing pull-out shelves and lazy susans in standard cabinets to maximize their storage space.
Whether you decide to go standard or custom, you'll want to decide on the right material as well. Wood, natural or painted, is the most popular choice. It's long lasting and durable -- and you'll find a huge variety of types and prices within the wood family. Less expensive alternatives are also available, such as composites, laminates and even metal or glass.
If hardwood cabinets are out of the question, or if your old cabinets just need a new look, cabinet re-facing or resurfacing can be an affordable option. By leaving the location of your cabinets unchanged and simply re-facing the existing cabinetry, you will negate the need for demolition and new installation. Your project costs will therefore be considerably lower than if you were to tear out the old kitchen cabinets and replace them with new.
Cheap Kitchen Renovation Ideas
If you don't have a budget big enough to hire a professional for your kitchen remodel, a few cheap and inexpensive projects will revitalize your kitchen. These projects include:
Move smaller appliances: Avoid moving any appliances with gas or plumbing hook-ups (i.e., oven, range, sink, etc.). But do consider moving some of your smaller appliances in a feng shui rearrangement around the kitchen.
Install stock cabinetry: Stock kitchen cabinets are an inexpensive option for homeowners who want new cabinets. You can go to any home improvement store and buy stock cabinets to match your kitchen. You can hire a cabinetry professional or handyman to install them for less than the cost of custom cabinetry.
Refinish kitchen cabinets: If your wood kitchen cabinets are in good shape and just need a face lift, you can take off the doors and refinish them on the cheap. This involves sanding them down and then staining or painting them to look almost brand new.
Invest in under cabinet lighting: To make your cabinets and counter tops stand out at night, you can buy lights that attach underneath and plug into the wall outlets. It's an inexpensive way to brighten up your kitchen space without having to hire an electrician.
Paint walls and ceilings: Go to a home improvement store, buy a few gallons of paint and cover any fingerprints or paw prints with a new coat of paint in the kitchen. Be sure to caulk any holes before you paint.
Install tile flooring: If your kitchen flooring looks particularly worn out and scratched up, you can pull up the flooring and lay down tile. Ceramic tiles are relatively inexpensive, and you can consult with a tiling professional ahead of time about how to lay them.
Create a back-splash: Akin to installing tiles on the floor, you can also put a back-splash over your oven wall or in an area above your counter tops that attracts the eye when walking into the kitchen. Tiles come in many styles and colors to match any kitchen design.