How To Create Your Dream Kitchen on a Budget

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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A kitchen renovation can be a huge expense; however, it can also add a lot of value to your home. This is great, especially if you plan on selling your current home soon, but it doesn’t just do that! A newly renovated kitchen will freshen up your home and make you love your kitchen again.

Plus, there’s no need to spend a fortune to get that new kitchen feeling when a few simple renovations can add new life to your existing layout and fixtures. But how? This article will explore how you can make simple updates to your kitchen to maximize your budget.

1. Setting Clear Renovation Goals

Whether you just want to complete some updates yourself or you want to plan a small overhaul of your kitchen, setting goals and staying organized will help you stay on budget.

Before starting any kitchen renovation, ask yourself a few vital questions.

  • Do you like the current kitchen layout?
  • Do your kitchen appliances need updating?
  • Do you like your cabinet faces and color?  
  • Do you like the countertops?
  • Is the sink and faucet in need of an update?
  • Would you like a kitchen island?
  • Should you replace the backsplash in your kitchen?

Figuring out what essential changes you want now and what changes you can plan for down the line can help you stay on budget now. If you plan out your kitchen renovation this way, you don’t have to feel like you’re cutting yourself short. Make plans to save for that new countertop and get it installed when you’re ready.

Plus, if there are some kitchen goals you have that are more expensive, like replacing old appliances, you can make these changes one appliance at a time to avoid a sudden large expense.

2. Choose Small Updates

While picking new flooring would be a large update, smaller fixes can brighten your kitchen without a huge time or initial cash investment.

New Paint. Never underestimate the power of a new paint job. Painting is often one of the most inexpensive ways you can update any room, including your kitchen. Choosing a warm paint color, like a red or orange for a splash wall, is said to encourage appetite, while a blue or green color will have a calming effect.

While you’re pulling paint swatches out, consider refreshing your cabinets. A new coat of paint on your existing cabinetry will help it feel new without having to spend a lot on completely new fixtures.

Replace Old Knobs and Handles. Old handles can begin looking too worn or end up loosening over time. Getting new knobs for doors and drawers can add sparkle to your kitchen with just a few turns of a screwdriver.

3. Being Innovative

Changing the feel of your kitchen does not have to be expensive. Making a bold statement with unique kitchen upgrades can help your home stand out from the neighbours, while also adding new life to your existing space.

If you need more storage space, think about how you can install floating shelves on empty wall space to move some unnecessary items out of your cabinets.

Another quick update you can make is installing a small kitchen island can add the extra counter space you need. While you can get a kitchen island built (or you could build one yourself), there are also carts and other pre-made islands that you can buy from home improvement stores and online.

4. Getting the Right Help

Sometimes going the DIY route can save you some money on your next renovation. However, if you’re not a skilled handyperson, your project may take more time and energy than you think. This can make it just as costly as hiring help. Not to mention that certain jobs, like plumbing and electrical work, should be left to experts.

Hiring a trustworthy and experienced contractor can help your kitchen revocation have a high-quality final product while getting the project done in good time. Need help with your renovation, or even just getting inspired? Exploring the Zeel Kitchens website can offer you numerous tools to get your kitchen renovation started the right way.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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