When you buy your first home, you may discover that your kitchen space leaves a bit to be desired. While redoing a room of this type is a potentially pricey proposition, there are ways that you can improve upon a shabby kitchen without investing large amounts of money. Before abandoning your kitchen redo dreams due to lack of funds, there are some ways that you can cut down on the cost associated with this project.
Set your budget. Decide exactly how much you can spend on this project, as well as where the money will come from. By doing this first, you ensure that tending to your kitchen’s remodeling needs is financially feasible.
Salvage as many of your current kitchen pieces as you can, by refinishing or painting them. By saving potentially pricey pieces, such as cabinets, counter tops, appliances or flooring, you can take a chunk out of the amount it will cost you to upgrade your kitchen.
Consider doing the work yourself. While putting sweat equity into the project may not seem desirable, doing so can save you loads of cash. Either study up on kitchen remodeling yourself, or ask a trusted friend or family member with knowledge in the trade to give you a hand. Even if you elect to do the kitchen yourself, it is still wise to consult an electrician and a plumber for specialized work.
Select laminate cabinet facings to place on your existing cabinets. Laminate cabinets, or cabinets covered in a wood veneer, are generally considerably more affordable than new natural wood cabinet options and, depending upon the quality of the workmanship, may be just as attractive.
Price out potential counter surfaces. Before deciding to go with one counter option, gather quotes on an assortment of surfaces including laminate, granite and Corian. After gathering this information, determine which of these options will fit best into your established budget.
Select an affordable flooring option. Don’t marry yourself to ceramic tile or another expensive option, but instead explore an assortment of flooring options including vinyl flooring and laminate wood. Even if you can’t afford the floor of your dreams at this time, it might be worth it to replace your current flooring with a more desirable option with the thought of later upgrading again.
Decorate with flea market accents. Purchase used items to hang on the wall, or old kitchen accessories or pictures, such as vintage advertisements, to finish your space and make it your own.
Erin Schreiner is a freelance writer and teacher who holds a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been actively freelancing since 2008. Schreiner previously worked for a London-based freelance firm. Her work appears on eHow, Trails.com and RedEnvelope. She currently teaches writing to middle school students in Ohio and works on her writing craft regularly.