If your finances don’t allow for a complete kitchen makeover, consider what you have to work with on a small budget. Sometimes we just need a little encouragement to take action. Living with a drab, ugly, sad looking kitchen is hard to take. It becomes a place in your home you don’t want to spend much time in. You may have to wait five years, financially, to get the complete kitchen makeover. In the mean time, with a small budget, consider and dream of what can be done, then plan and take action.
Kitchen’s are the heart of the home and should be appreciated and enjoyed. So, let’s take a look at what you have and what can be done. Gather your small home improvement budget and you may be surprised at what can be achieved.
Here are a few tips for a Kitchen Makeover on a Budget:
- First, consider what you have for a budget. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish with a small amount of money. It is also important to be realistic, at this time, in knowing what you can afford and what you can’t afford. Staying in a budget is a challenge, so take that challenge and see what you can do.
- Remember paint is cheap and goes on long way in bringing a fresh updated look to any room. Painting walls is easy, but painting the kitchen cabinets can be very tricky and unless you are a very good painter, consider hiring a professional. If the painted cabinets are not completed properly you will not achieve a good result. This job also takes a lot of preparation and time and if you don’t get a good result you may become discouraged. On the advisement of someone who has been there, I strongly advise getting a professional to do this job.
- Replacing the back splash is not a big project or expense. Take your measurement and consider what you might like to see on that surface. Shop for your style and what fits your budget. If you are up to the task, you’ll find that there are many beautiful tile patterns that come in sheets and are fairly easy to install. There are even classes at your local hardware store that will teach you and answer questions on installing tile. Remember, a back splash usually isn’t a large area and shouldn’t be too overwhelming.
- For your countertop or countertops you should be able to find replacements. Again, measure out what you have, check with your local hardware store and shop for the best quality countertop you can afford. There are actually some very nice laminates. While they are not granite or stone, many laminates are very impressive looking.
- Consider replacing the worn out, flimsy looking angle brackets that support your counter overhang. Invest in a little money and buy the best quality in support, such as, wrought iron corbels. You will gain great support and at the same time, bring design, style and an architectural featured element to your kitchen.
- If your budget allows it, consider replacing an old appliance or two. If you can afford a new refrigerator, dishwasher, oven or a new stove, you will achieve an even better result.
- When it comes to your flooring, you will need to evaluate what you have. If your floor is in good shape you may not need to replace it. Lay beautiful, colorful rugs that will bring interest, cover an unattractive area, and provide comfort to your feet, as it completes the new look for your new kitchen.
- Once you have completed your new kitchen makeover you may want to consider how you can bring order and organization to your new improved space. By hanging racks or hooks for pots and pans, that don’t fit in drawers, and by adding stylish shelving for loose items, you eliminate clutter from the counters. Have a place for everything, in your new kitchen, and you will keep counters clean and more attractive.
The purpose of this article is to motivate and encourage you to make a plan and take action on that room in your home you have to engage in, “the kitchen”. Achieving that kitchen makeover will allow you to enjoy a kitchen that is attractive, decorative, and at the same time, a kitchen that has order, along with the satisfaction of what can be attained with a small budget, some good ideas, and a plan of action.