You spend a tremendous amount of time in your kitchen. Because of this, it is vital that it be functional and inviting and that you feel great preparing meals as well as entertaining friends and family. If you are like the majority of folks, you are most likely waiting for the finances to completely renovate and create the kitchen of your dreams.
The good news is that you can transform your kitchen without breaking the bank. There are strategies and ways of making specific changes that will have a high impact, even on a tight budget.
The first thing to consider when renovating on a budget is recycling what you already own. Factors that cause a kitchen improvement project to skyrocket in price are purchasing new cabinetry and reconfiguring the floor plan with the plumbing and electrical work that follows. All this also requires a new floor because the old one no longer matches the new set-up, etc.
The second thing to consider is improving your kitchen in well planned phases…doing a little each year. Here are a few simple ideas to give your kitchen a face lift that will cost you far less than doing an entire kitchen renovation.
1. Paint out your old kitchen cupboards
This will require some effort on your part, but you are perfectly able to accomplish this. The secret in cutting down on the time is to use Chalk Paint because there is hardly any surface preparation with this product apart from a light sanding.Chalk paint covers and adheres easily to wood, even if the surface is varnished. As a final finishing touch, add a coating of wax.
2. Cover your old floor with a new area rug
Is your old floor tired and out-dated? Cover it with a nice area rug to hide the wear and tear. Choose a low maintenance indoor-outdoor carpet or one with synthetic fibres. Make sure the carpet is dark and patterned to hide any stains.
3. Recycle an old cherished piece of furniture
Integrating a unique piece of furniture can make a huge difference in the appearance of a kitchen. Give an old cherished piece that you inherited or picked up at the flea market a whole new life and purpose. With the help of a professional, you can retro-fit and adapt it with plumbing and a counter. Go ahead and change up the handles, especially if they are loose and unstable. At Versa Style Design we can help you with this, as well as design and build a new one that looks like a vintage treasure.
4. Replace your counter
If your budget is too tight for a granite or marble counter (costing on average $100.00/sq. foot) then Quartz or Corian are great cost-effective alternatives ($50 – $80.00/sq. foot)
If you want to save even more, consider the new generation of modern laminates such as Formica. They are as beautiful as they are durable and go for between $25 – $50/sq. foot. They are also easy to install.
Designer trick : To make a laminate counter look high end, invest in a great looking high-quality backsplash tile.
5. Install backsplash tiles with a lot of personality
An outstanding wall tile gives any kitchen a lot of style. I often recommend that clients change up their backsplash, and add a coat of paint to the walls because if they do just that, the entire kitchen will feel like it was renovated.For high impact, choose textured relief tiles and add lighting so the surface comes to life. I believe that the kitchen backsplash is like completing an outfit with a great necklace or neck-tie. A new backsplash adds a wonderful finishing touch to a kitchen and stands out like a jewel. These and other wall tiles available with a contractor discount through Versa Style Design.
6. Replace the lighting
Suspended lighting is both functional and makes a big style statement. Adequate kitchen lighting is vital and should be positioned over your dining table, kitchen island as well as over your sink.Remember to properly light specific work zones so you can perform your tasks with comfortable lighting; the cooking area as well as clean up and food preparation areas.
This Eglo copper pendant and other kitchen lighting available with a designer discount through Versa Style Design.
7. Change the door and drawer handles
Sometimes just changing up the door handles will give such a face-lift to the doors and drawers that you won’t feel as rushed to renovate the whole kitchen.
Choose handles that are harmonized with your general kitchen style.You have a traditional or country kitchen? Perhaps a brass or pewter handle would be a nice match. Your cupboard doors are Shaker Style? Why don’t you try a sleek and elongated handle that emphasizes the timeless style of your kitchen.
8. Inject some colour with new decorative accessories
Probably the easiest and fastest way to a new kitchen is simply changing all the decorative elements. Choose new chairs, vases, bowls, curtains, artwork, a tablecloth and napkins in a whole new accent colour. You can have a brand new kitchen after a few hours of shopping.
Even just one of these budget-friendly ideas can transform your kitchen. As you can see, you don’t have to renovate your entire kitchen to have what feels like a new one that fits with your personal style.
Are you ready to forge ahead and try one of these strategies? When you’re done and proud of your new kitchen, don’t forget to invite me over for dinner!
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