You can’t seem to recall the last time your kitchen was renovated? The scratches and stains on your once spotless countertops give you anxiety every time you invite people over? You’re not alone. In fact, since kitchens are where all the cooking and meal prepping happens, they are the most frequently renovated part of the house.
Revamping your kitchen will not only get rid of the imperfections caused by long years of use, but is also the perfect opportunity for a fundamental remodeling of your cooking space, breathing new life into it!
If you’re working with a tight budget, don’t worry — many people were in the same boat. Here, you’ll find some of the best tips and tricks to save money when getting around to creating that dream kitchen of yours!
Keep the same layout
If you don’t really care about changing the layout of your kitchen, you can save a lot of money by simply keeping all of your cabinets, cupboards and appliances in the same place as before the revamping.
This will not only save you a good chunk of your budget, which you can then use on the absolutely necessary parts of the process, but it’ll also ensure that no wiring or plumbing gets messed up during remodeling. Moving entire sections into different parts of the kitchen requires installing additional pipes and wires, which comes at an extra cost.
So unless you absolutely need to move things around, you should stick to the old, wise rule when it comes to kitchen remodeling — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Get creative with the kitchen island
An island in the middle of the kitchen space is not only attractive in terms of interior design. It is also an extremely practical use of empty space and can serve you as a spot for many activities that would otherwise fill up your countertops with unnecessary items and cause a giant mess.
When remodeling your kitchen, be aware of the many ways you can create a kitchen island on your own, without any external help. There is no need to hire an expensive specialist, who will construct it from the ground up using even costlier materials.
To create a perfectly viable kitchen island, all you need is an old table and four wooden boards. You can probably already see where this is going. Surrounding the empty space under the table with the food and then fixing it onto the floor is all it takes to make a functional island. It requires only very basic carpentry skills and can make for a sweet addition to your new kitchen. If you want to take it a step further, you can try looking around online or at thrift stores for a used cart, in order to make a mobile island on wheels!
Scour the Web for sales and promotions
This one is pretty self explanatory. If you want to save a ton of money on new kitchen appliances and accessories, you absolutely need to spend some time on the internet and look for the best deals. Oftentimes you will find downright ridiculously cheap offers on all sorts of things, from ready-made cupboard fronts to the best farmhouse sinks on the market.
While this tip may seem obvious to many of you, there are still plenty of people who tend to go to big warehouses and chain stores and purchase according to the advice of the people who work there.
Most of the time, those guys are there to try to convince you to buy low-quality, overpriced junk that doesn’t sell too well in order to sustain sales numbers and keep the store from going under. Do yourself a favor and cut out the middleman by buying directly from the manufacturer online, or via secondhand marketplaces — this will ensure that you always get the best value for your money.
Breathe new life into old furniture
Finally, remodeling your kitchen does not have to mean getting rid of all the old cabinets and countertops just to replace it with new, expensive models.
Before you get around to removing anything from the kitchen, consider this: do you really need to change those cabinets and drawers, or could you simply paint over them to revitalize these old pieces of furniture? Most of the time, a new paint job is all it takes to make your kitchen look fresh and new.
Unless they are broken beyond repair, or you’re insistent on bringing new cupboards in to change up the entire style, stick with the old ones. A few buckets of paint are incomparably cheaper than a whole new set of kitchen cabinets. Save that money so you can spend them on elements that are impossible to paint over and need replacement, such as new countertops.
Get down to it!
As you can see, remodeling a kitchen is not necessarily an unaffordable or overly expensive project. With the right mindset and sound advice, you can put together the kitchen you’ve always wanted and still have money leftover for other projects!