When your budget is low and your kitchen needs a facelift, look for small projects that can be completed without outside help. By completing the labor yourself, you can stick with your budget and spruce up your kitchen. Many kitchen remodeling projects can be completed in an afternoon or on a weekend.
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By updating your backsplash, you can add instant color and style to the kitchen. Start with a set of inexpensive, solid-colored tiles in shades that coordinate with your kitchen decor. You can make a pattern of alternating color, use one color to form your last initial, or make an abstract design using multiple colors. For a touch of visual interest, use a solid base and include a single stripe of more expensive, patterned tiles. Choose colors and patterns that will work with the lighting in your kitchen; in low light, avoid dark tiles, which can give your countertop and sink area a cavelike feeling.
Adding modern fixtures can be an easy, quick way to add style to an older kitchen without breaking the bank. Replace old faucets with new, designer versions; for a dramatic effect, choose faucets that come directly out of the walls. Replace your sink basin to match the new fixtures. To make your new faucets even more budget friendly, look for low-flow options, which can help reduce your utility bills by using less water.
Because cabinets take up the bulk of space in the kitchen, refinishing them can add an instant facelift to the room. Look for inexpensive options that will not bust your budget to add style without spending too much. Adding a simple coat of paint, for example, can make an instant change. You can also consider replacing door hardware, installing fabric panels into the doors, or stenciling patterns on the doors. For a more ambitious project, cut designs into the doors and glue a piece of stained glass to the inside to add depth and a touch of color.
If your kitchen uses an old, fluorescent light fixture, updating the lighting can have an instant effect on the mood of the room. Look for lighting that suits the way you use the kitchen. If you cook, install undercabinet lighting that will increase brightness on the counter space for mixing and cutting. If you cook on the stovetop often, install a recessed pot lighting to make it easier to gauge the state of the food. If your kitchen is used frequently for family or social gatherings, replace the main room lights with soft options that will create a comforting, flattering atmosphere.
When you want to add a focal point to your kitchen, start with the countertops. Because they are used often and are easily visible, the countertops can be an easy and budget-friendly remodeling option. Look for materials that suit the feeling of the room, such as wood, stone or granite. You can also choose engineered stone options, which are cheaper than granite. If you want to replace the countertops yourself, choose ceramic tiles, which are easy to install and can handle the heat from hot pans and dishes.