Renovating your old and outdated kitchen doesn't have to be an expensive proposition. With a few creative ideas and the help of your general contractor, you can create a new look in your space without having to do a complete overhaul of the room. Here are a few budget-friendly ideas you can use to make over your kitchen and create a bright, beautiful space in your home.
Paint The Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape but just need to be updated, you can save money by painting them. Your contractor can apply the primer and new coat of paint to your cabinets to give them a completely different look. If your cabinets had a wood finish before, consider painting them white or ivory to brighten up the room. Fresh, neutral colors can even make a small space feel larger, making this idea great for tiny kitchens. The cost of replacing your cabinets can run between $4,000 and $5,000 for stock cabinets, while the cost of painting them can cost around $1,000.
Install Accent Lighting
You can have your contractor install under-cabinet lights to give your kitchen an instant update. For affordable accent lighting, opt for LED rope lights, which can simply be taped or tacked into place under your cabinets. LED rope lighting costs around $8 to $10 per foot, plus the cost of installation. The lights illuminate your food prep areas and give your kitchen a unique look. You can also add these lights to the underside of your bottom cabinets for a custom finish that highlights your flooring.
Add Crown Molding
Crown molding on the top of your cabinet line can give your kitchen an upscale look without requiring a complete overhaul of your cabinets. If you are planning on painting your cabinets, be sure to purchase the crown molding before the painting begins, as you'll want to have it painted to match your cabinets. This project will cost around $350, giving you an affordable way to complete your cabinets without spending a fortune.
Install A Back Splash
While installing ceramic tile for your kitchen's back splash can cost around $25 per square foot to install, there are a few ways you can create a back splash on a budget. You can install beadboard as a back splash, which can cost around 64 cents per square foot. This material gives your kitchen a quaint country look. You can also have waterproof wallpaper installed instead of tile to save money. Talk to your contractor about the different types of material you can use to create a stunning back splash without spending a fortune.
Use any or all of these ideas to create a beautiful kitchen remodel while sticking to your home renovation budget. Your general contractor can also help you find other ideas you can use that are both affordable and beautiful. Contact a company like Alleva Construction, Inc to get started.