You may be among the many who share a costly conundrum: you want to update your kitchen, but you can see the dollar signs add up just thinking about it. Then the panic sets in. How will you ever grow to love a kitchen that’s not loveable? Whether it’s dull and drab, out-of-date, or just in need of a new look, here are a few cost-effective ways to make your kitchen sing for less (without having to do a full-fledged overhaul).
1) Craigslist to the rescue
Want to change out your faucet, sink, or cabinets? Guess what? Someone is probably selling some or all of those items even as you read this article. Actually, multiple someones are likely selling right now. Which means you can “shop around” and find items for less than you would brand new. If you haven’t visited www.craigslist.com just yet, start right now. (As a word of caution: always be wise when you are going to someone else’s home or inviting them to yours. Use safety precautions, like meet in a public place, and/or bring a friend so you’re not alone.)
2) Paint perfect
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: paint can transform a space for less. It’s still true. Color can have ultimate impact. This is as true for your cabinets as your walls. If you don’t like the look of your cabinets but can’t justify the cost of replacing them, pick up some paint at your local hardware or paint store. Check out this site for practical tips on how to successfully repaint your cabinets. Also, when selecting paint colors for your kitchen walls, consider helpful tips from this previous article on color selection.
3) Island for less
No, you don’t need an expensive kitchen island to transform your kitchen. We purchased a $60.00 dresser on Craigslist, added new hardware, a sheet of plywood to the back, and trimmed it out with molding, before painting it black and sealing it. Finally, we topped it with two sheets of ¾” MDF that extended 18” beyond the depth of the dresser base to add a place for seating. Our low-cost kitchen island wouldn’t be complete without a low-cost countertop solution. Instead of buying a slab of granite, we created the look for pennies—no, really, pennies—by creating faux granite with paint. Check out this website for a step-by-step how-to on how to achieve this look or check out the video at the beginning of this article to inspire you.
4) Backsplash success
A backsplash can add sophistication, color, and interest to your kitchen—and if you’re willing to do it yourself, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to do. Even if you’re not necessarily a handyman (or woman) at heart, this is a project that most anyone can do. We got our tile in the clearance section at Home Depot (www.homedepot.com). Creating a glass mosaic masterpiece couldn’t be easier—or cost less. Check out this website for a how-to on how to tile a backsplash.
If you haven’t heard of it, you have no idea what you’re missing. Building Materials Outlet, better known as BMO, is a warehouse full of building material goodies in Eagan, Minnesota. Check out their website and then visit their store to be blown away by their selection of everything discount from tile, cabinets, flooring, doors, windows, lumber, trim work, chandeliers—and the list goes on and on and on.
Have an idea of your own? Tell me all about it. I’d like to hear your ideas! Send a picture of your creative kitchen creations for less!