4 Kitchen Renovating Tips on a Budget

4 Kitchen Renovating Tips on a Budget
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    You want to update your kitchen, but you're not ready to make a costly renovation that will bust your budget.

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While major kitchen renovations can easily push past $30,000 and even top $100,000, there are four sensible kitchen renovating projects you can undertake to transform your kitchen for less money.

1. Let there be light — A dark kitchen can be depressing, offering a stark contrast to what should be one of the liveliest rooms in the house. Bring in more natural light by adding a skylight or expanding existing windows.

If these options are not possible or simply too expensive, add under the counter lighting, track lights or spot lights to create more light. A combination of all three might be most effective in brightening up this room.

2. Reface, don’t replace — Many a homeowner has shown angst over the kitchen cabinets, wanting to replace these in entirety for one of the most expensive and extensive renovations a kitchen will undergo.

You can put off the major renovation and still get a new look by refacing the cabinets, removing the current doors and replacing these with new-look doors that will transform your kitchen. Styles range from the classic to the contemporary and can include new decorative hardware, molding and space-saving options.

3. Use concrete instead of granite — You want to replace your old laminate countertops with granite, but the price of granite is a jaw-dropper.

Concrete can be had for a much lower price and poured into forms you design yourself notes HGTV. This may be a job that you do yourself, one that yields a pleasant to the eye counter and for an ultra-low cost. Choose a home contractor if the job is too much for you to tackle.

4. Move and change furniture — Perhaps what needs to be changed in your kitchen has nothing to do with permanent fixtures. Rather, it could be your choice of furniture and where it is located that has you up in arms.

Move freestanding objects such as a refrigerator or tables and chairs, if possible. If seating is limited, consider making or buying a built in sofa that can double as storage space — lift the seats up and picnic accessories or dry goods can be stored. Change the curtains, install new blinds or recover furniture.

Considerations

What you can afford will determine what type of kitchen renovation you will undertake. Work up a kitchen renovation budget first and then prioritize your updates in order of importance to you.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".