Is your kitchen tired and dated? Do you long to feel inspired in a fresh contemporary space? Glossy magazines showcasing top of the line kitchens are certainly enticing, but well beyond reach for most. There are a host of options available for updating your kitchen without spending a fortune. Follow these recommendations to get the most impact out of your kitchen remodel.
The first step is to set a realistic budget. Earmark at least fifteen percent of that budget for unexpected expenses. Surprises always happen even in the most minor of kitchen remodels. Make a list of your priorities for the remodel. Research the most competitive prices for your materials. Realize that you can make a huge impact in a date kitchen just by painting the cabinetry, updating the back splash material and hardware and replacing the countertop. If you are not changing the basic footprint of the kitchen, options abound for updates without breaking your budget. Research the many options available for paints designed specifically for appliances. Updating appliances with a fresh coat of paint is a fraction of the cost of purchasing new appliances. If the kitchen floors are dated or slightly damaged, consider re-glazing the tile or painting the wood with a paint specifically designed for hardwoods in high traffic areas. Identify contractors to undertake components that exceed your skill sets. Get referrals, read reviews and get estimates for the contractors you’ve selected. Don’t lose sight of the fact that the kitchen is a very high traffic area and materials need to be selected not only for their design attributes, but also for durability.
Kitchen designers agree that accents can make a huge impact on a minor kitchen remodel. Consider updating the ceiling light fixtures and can lights. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select from the huge assortment of fun kitchen accents available through Kate Spade. It’s ok, and actually welcome, to be a bit whimsical when selecting kitchen accessories. Limit clutter on the kitchen counters for a more streamlined and updated look. Shine the windows on the interior and exterior and update the window treatments with simple wood blinds. You’ve now managed give your kitchen a whole new look without breaking the bank. Congratulations are in order!