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Budget-Friendly Kitchen Upgrades You Should Make

By on Mar 17, 2019
Budget-Friendly Kitchen Upgrades You Should Make

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Whether you love to DIY or you’re looking at updating a few features of your house, the kitchen is a great place to start. Often, there are a few features that homeowners wish was a bit different. The good news is, there are some cheap ways to update a kitchen!

From a fresh coat of paint to installing a new faucet, see a few tasks you can add to your home improvement list that can make you fall in love with your kitchen again.

If you need some help with these kitchen projects, don’t forget, there’s always a pro available to help. Contact a kitchen remodeling pro today and receive quotes from contractors in your area for free.

Inexpensive Kitchen Updates

Like any home project, it’s always important to start with a plan. Take a look around your kitchen and notice some features you’d like to change or ways you may be able to add value. Keep in mind; inexpensive doesn’t mean free, so you’ll still need to set some sort of budget. Here are a few tips from Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc.

“While a whole kitchen remodel can be pricey, smaller portions of the kitchen project can be very cost-effective,” she said. “Opting for not remodeling the entire space can help keeps costs down. Keeping the scope of your kitchen project manageable will help with the cost. Instead of taking out a wall, try to work within the existing space. Instead of replacing all the cabinets, consider refinishing them instead. Keeping the existing flooring saves cost as well.”

Here’s a short list of kitchen updates on a budget, from most expensive to least expensive.

1. New Kitchen Flooring

Are your kitchen floors a little out of date? You might be surprised to learn that this is a project you can do on a budget. A hot trend right now are vinyl planks, which you may be able to install yourself with the right tools.

“New kitchen flooring is an easy and budget friendly project that can dramatically change the appearance of a kitchen without touching the rest of the space,” Hoefler said. “Whether homeowners take this on themselves or they hire a pro, new flooring can be a reasonable cost. Luxury vinyl plank or luxury vinyl tile are inexpensive options that can look like hardwood, tile, or any number of patterns on a budget and the install is easy!”

Use our vinyl floor cost guide to help you get started on your budget. Then research prices from home stores around you and do some comparison shopping to get the best deal.

2. Change Kitchen Color

If you’re unhappy with the look of your kitchen, it might be time for a fresh coat of paint. Color trends change quickly, so if you haven’t updated your kitchen paint color in a few years, it’s time to do so. Gray, sage green and even some shades of navy blue are now trending.

Painting your kitchen is a task you should be able to complete in a weekend or two, depending on the size of the area you’re painting. If you’re planning a DIY paint project, your budget will largely depend on the amount of paint you need. Try ImproveNet’s paint calculator to help you estimate how much color you’ll need so you can accurately budget for it.

3. Install A Backsplash

You might be surprised to learn that a backsplash is an inexpensive project and you might be able to DIY. It’s an upgrade that can turn your kitchen from drab to fab!

“Your backsplash doesn’t have to break the bank,” Hoefler said. “While a natural stone backsplash or an intricate mural above the range might look nice, the function of the backsplash is to keep splatters off your wall, and those types of tile aren’t as easy to clean. Fortunately, more budget-conscious options like subway tile, other ceramic tiles, and porcelain tile are also very easy to clean and require little maintenance. You’ll save some money and your sanity which is a win-win.”

Keep in mind, the average cost of a kitchen backsplash is between $22 and $41 per sq. ft., depending on the material you choose and how much of it you’ll need.

4. New Kitchen Light Fixture

Looking for a new way to brighten things up in your kitchen? A new kitchen light fixture can be just what you need. From great statement lighting to undercabinet, you’ll be surprised at what a difference it makes. The average cost to install a light fixture is between $177 and $328, but a lot of this cost depends on the style of lighting you choose.

The good news about kitchen light fixtures is that it’s often a project that takes as little as an afternoon to complete. So you’ll have a seemingly new kitchen to admire in no time at all.

5. Change Your Faucet

An old faucet can be more of an eye-sore than you realize. A simple upgrade to a new one can make you sink truly sparkle. Budget-friendly kitchen faucets styles will often cost between $50 and $90. Make sure the faucet fits your current sink. Otherwise, you’ll have to contact a pro to help with installation.

When To Contact A Pro

Of course, some projects should be left to the pros. Even if you enjoy DIY projects, Hoefler recommends leaving kitchen cabinets to contractors.

“My advice is never to try to do cabinets on a budget.” She said. It might be tempting because cabinets are the largest portion of a kitchen remodel budget, but they’re also the item that gets the most daily use which means wear and tear. Investing in good quality cabinets with a good finish and high-quality hardware will pay off in the long-run and stand up to the test of time.

You might also be surprised to learn that countertops, while not exactly a job for you to DIY, can be done by a contractor and fit a tight budget.

New countertops, like flooring, can change the appearance of a kitchen,” Hoefler said. My recommendation would be to leave this project to the pros. Most countertop fabricators will come out to your home to template the layout and install the tops which are all included in the price. All you have to do is pick out your countertop material, backsplash height, and edge profile. Granite countertops are going to be the most durable and cost-effective. Other than sealing every 10 to 15 years, granite and quartz have the same amount of maintenance.”

Cheap Kitchen Updates Before And After

Whether you’re doing a complete remodel or a few inexpensive kitchen projects, be sure to take before and after pictures of your work! It can be amazing to see the transformation. If you’ve done that, share with us in the comments below. We’d love to see it!

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