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6 Kitchen Renovation Ideas That Don’t Break The Bank

Updated kitchen with white cabinets and quartz countertops.

Let’s face it, when it comes to home renovations, the kitchen is always the area that hits your pocketbook the hardest. I mean, who really wants to spend tens of thousands of dollars in just one room when you really need and/or want to also update other areas in your home. What if there was a way to update your kitchen but for a fraction of the cost?

There is! Here are 6 kitchen renovation ideas that will save you thousands.

Maintain Your Current Layout

What does this mean for you? When we start looking at a kitchen renovation, our minds go crazy with all the different ideas. Take down that wall there, put a center island there, add a window to that wall. All of these ideas can be great, but they start to add up really quick. At the end of the day, if your kitchen has a good flow but it is not aesthetically pleasing, leave the wall where it is, don’t add a window, and MAYBE there will be space for an island but if not, it’s ok.

Use The Existing Cabinets

Yes, that’s right. Go ahead and keep the same cabinets. This will save you thousands of dollars! There’s a good chance that your cabinets are still in great condition, but you can’t stand the color or finish anymore. Cabinet painting and refacing are two alternatives to replacing. They will save you a ton of time and money. Cabinet painting is typically 4-5x LESS, and cabinet refacing is typically 2-3x LESS than replacing. I would highly recommend having a professional cabinet painter or refacer take on this project, so your cabinets look new & hold up over the years.

Keep Those Countertops

I know, there are so many beautiful quartz and granite countertops out there. On average, countertop pricing for a kitchen is going to start around $5,000. If you are sticking to a particular budget, you may not get the look you are going for. Different patterns, or colors, in the countertops can make a significant difference in pricing. Something to consider with the countertops is having them epoxied. If you are wanting marble countertops but can’t bring yourself to spend thousands of dollars, look at having them epoxied. Epoxy countertops are really nice because you can mimic stone but also manipulate the color. A good contractor that has been doing epoxy for a long time can mimic stone but for a fraction of the cost.

Update The Backsplash

Now, if you currently have a tile backsplash try and work with it instead of demoing and installing a new one. If the backsplash is horrendous and you must do something different you have a couple of options. You could of course have the tile removed, drywall repaired, and new tiles installed. In the big scheme of the project, backsplashes are typically one of the smaller budget items. Of course, this depends on the tile you purchase and what pattern you want. If you’re ok with the style of the tile but the color will not work, look into glazing. Glazing is not the same as painting when it comes to the product. Tile should not be painted. You will typically find that someone who offers bathtub refinishing or glazing will also offer tile glazing.

Hardware & Fixture Swap Outs

This one seems like small potatoes but makes a significant impact. Take the old faucet, light fixtures, knobs or handles on the cabinets, and swap them out for different ones. It’s like adding jewelry to your outfit, giving it a polished look. Another way to upgrade the cabinets is to make the doors and drawers soft closing. This can be done by swapping out the hinges on the doors and adding drawer dampers or having new drawer glides installed.


Finally, top off the kitchen renovation with appliance upgrades. Appliances can be costly but if you do your research, you will find that most big box stores have sales throughout the year. Bundle and SAVE! Another option is to look at online marketplaces and see if anyone is looking to sell theirs. It’s ok if they are not brand new. :)

I hope this helps give you more ideas for your kitchen renovation and save you a ton of time & money. Happy renovating!

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