How to Remodel Your Kitchen for $1000


An old or outdated kitchen can quickly date and bring down your entire home. A new, complete kitchen remodel may cost as much as $20,000 or more if you let the pros do it, but you can get an updated and more modern kitchen for $1,000 or less by following a few tricks and tackling the work yourself. Utilize paint, tile and a few basic carpentry skills to transform the look of your kitchen on a budget.

Things You'll Need

  • Wall paint
  • Appliance paint
  • Screwdriver
  • Sandpaper
  • Cabinet hardware
  • Cabinet paint
  • Counter paint or new laminate counters
  • Tile
  • Light fixtures
  • Paint the kitchen a new color. A new paint job can transform the look of the kitchen and can be done for as little as $150, including the paint, brushes, rollers and tape. Many of these items, such as brushes and tarps, can be used again in other areas of the kitchen design.

  • Remove, sand and repaint the kitchen cabinet doors. Giving the doors a new coat of paint, along with new hardware, can update the entire kitchen.

  • Rearrange your base cabinets by removing the countertop. Once the counter is off, reposition the cabinets for better flow; for instance, move the sink base cabinet closer to the stove to give you more counter space in that area.

  • Add some shelves to a wall adjoining your cabinets. Use them to store the appliances that normally take up room on the counter. Shelving systems are available at home centers for under $50.

  • Open up the space between the kitchen and dining room by removing the top half of a non-load-bearing wall. Add a new counter to the top of the wall to add a breakfast bar to the kitchen for only a few hundred dollars.

  • Paint the appliances with appliance spray paint. Appliance spray paint costs as little as $30. Use this option if your appliances are in good condition, but have an outdated appearance.

  • Update the counters by unscrewing and removing old laminate countertops and replace them for around $300. Or paint the existing counters using countertop paints that mimic the look of natural stone for around $50.

  • Replace your existing kitchen sink and faucet. New sinks and faucets are available for around $100 apiece.

  • Install a new tile backsplash in the kitchen to add a decorative touch. Tile is available for as little as $1 a square foot for basic subway tile or for $20 for more decorative glass tile. Rent a tile wet saw and install the tile yourself for a cost of from $100 to $400, depending on the tile.

  • Replace your light fixtures with newer models; they're available at home centers for less than $50.

  • Paint your existing tile floor with floor paint and a urethane sealer to update it and bring it into the kitchen's new color scheme.

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