How to Cheaply Renovate a Kitchen – How much time do you spend in the kitchen? How much time do you spend in other people’s kitchens? The kitchen is a social hub and a center of many home related activities, no wonder it is one of the major factors when people are looking at homes to buy or rent. For your own comfort and for the value of your home the kicthen needs to be in good shape.
How to Cheaply Renovate a Kitchen
Renovating any room, especially the kitchen, does not come cheap. If you go the normal way of visiting the store, picking out a new kitchen and having a team come and install it you can easily spend $10k-$20k, not exactly chump change!
However with some planning and sensible decisions planning a kitchen renovation and remodel can be achieved within a budget that won’t make you fall over.
Here are some of my tips / ideas to help you cheaply achieve a decent renovation on your kitchen.
1. A good scrub
I know it sounds so obvious but kitchens get grimy and you probably can’t imagine what a full top to bottom and down the sides clean will do for the room. Scrubbing sinks back to new and sanding the stains of off wooden surfaces (likely need refinishing) will bring the old dog back to life.
Painting the walls and ceilings can be an almost instant fix for any room in your home. Before you plan extensive repurchasing of furniture and appliances just have a full and professional level (which can be done yourself) repaint. Make sure you spend a lot of time masking and apply a few coats of paint with adequate drying time between. A good clean stroke from top to bottom helps too and you’ll find the time spent is well worthwhile. After all is done then you’ll have some perspective on what really needs updating.
Wooden items can be sanded down and refinished. So that old wooden table may again have it’s day. Some items may even be able to be painted.
4. Just new faces
Instead of refitting your entire kitchen you may find that all it needs are new faces for the cupboards and draws and maybe a few new work tops. Of course this can still be expensive so be careful with your decisions.
5. Buy used, slight second or display appliances
If you really need new appliances then you can save a huge amount by buying lightly used, slight seconds (slight damage in the factory) or shop floor models. Also you’ll find slightly cheaper brands creating awesome high-end looking items these days.
6. Back to the boards
You may have tiles or even vinyl or carpet on your floor. New tiles may be out of your budget but stripping it all back to the floorboards and hiring a sander / polisher for the day may suit you better.
If you haver every machine under the sun gathering dust then consider selling them all. You can make popcorn in a pan, toast bread in a toaster and grill items in the stove top grill. You don’t need a smoothie maker and a food processor, you don’t need a peanut butter maker and all that stuff. Decluttering will give you more space and a less stressful surrounding.
8. How to Cheaply Renovate a Kitchen, Your Suggestions?
So what do you think of these ideas? Obviously some of them are not super cheap but they are much cheaper options. Sadly it will take a lot of your time and effort but if you want to save money you often have to sacrifice time.
Do you have any tips to share and any stories that we could all benefit from?
Tips based on my article over at The Random Forest.
Related: Average Cost of a Kitchen Remodel
Thanks for reading.