Fix up Your Kitchen on a Budget

If stepping into your kitchen is like stepping back into decades past, it may be time for an upgrade. After all, tired cabinets, laminate countertops and archaic appliances are not only unattractive, they can also significantly reduce the resale value of your home.

Modernizing your kitchen can increase your home’s value while breathing new life into the heart of your household. And it allows you to customize an outlet to showcase your culinary talents too. Of course, there’s no denying that kitchen renovations can be exceedingly expensive and time-consuming. And many homeowners simply can’t afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars — or be inconvenienced for several weeks — to perform an epic overhaul. Fortunately, there are a number of projects that will modernize every kitchen within the constraints of every homeowner’s budget and lifestyle.

Have a budget of $500-$1,000?
Concentrate on cosmetic enhancements.

A new coat of paint will bring any kitchen back to life (and into this century). Additionally, depending on square footage, you should be able to paint your kitchen yourself for as little as $200-$300. If you’re looking to make more of a splash, consider wallpaper. These days, you can find easy-to-hang, peel-and-stick wall coverings in a number of patterns and textures. Other upgrades that come with a lesser price tag but make a big impact include updated lighting, faucets, décor, and hardware for cabinet doors and drawers.
Got a budget of $5,000-$10,000?
Renew existing kitchen components.

Dull, dated cabinets can drag a kitchen down. Fortunately, so long as they’re in good shape, refinishing them can completely transform the room for a fraction of the price of new ones. Refinishing involves removing old finishes from existing cabinets and applying new paint, stain or varnish. Typically, you can have your cabinets professionally refinished for around $1,500-$3,500, depending on the amount of cabinets in your kitchen. Another way to give your kitchen an instant facelift is to replace your countertops. Depending on the square footage of your kitchen — and the material you choose — you can generally have new countertops installed for between $1,500 and $4,500. Other improvements to consider in the mid-priced range include new sinks, window treatments, upgraded appliances and backsplashes.

Got a budget of $15,000-$20,000?
Focus on first things first.

A budget of $15,000-$20,000 affords you the opportunity to make a number of upgrades to your kitchen — and it opens up the opportunity to hire qualified professionals to make sure everything gets done right. New cabinets, countertops, flooring and appliances are all on the table, but you’ll likely have to make some tough choices and compromises to get the biggest bang for your buck. If your cabinets are in decent shape, consider refacing or refinishing them to increase the budget for energy-efficient appliances and countertops. If your appliances are fairly new, focus your budget on high-quality cabinets and other aesthetic improvements. Once you’ve committed to the biggest-ticket items, you can have some fun choosing additional enhancements such as lighting, backsplashes, faucets and sinks.

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