Have you ever seen an expensive kitchen remodeling show on TV and wished you had money to splash around like that? Well, you might not have the money, but you can create a comparable look by using these frugal tips:
Redefine the Layout
Have you ever thought that your kitchen may be looking cheap just because of its layout rather than its fixtures? You can experiment with different layouts and see what works for you. This is much cheaper than, say, buying new fixtures and appliances and using them in the same layout, only to find that it still looks drab. Try it, and if it doesn't work, then you can always upgrade the fixtures.
Redefine the Kitchen Island
A giant, built-in custom kitchen island is the epitome of an expensive kitchen. Unfortunately, you can't get such a setup on a budget, so the next best thing is to "steal" the look without spending too much money. How?
There are different routes you can go. For example, you can get an old waist-high bureau and refinish it to fit your overall kitchen theme. Install a suitable top (such as glass or granite), garnish it with towel bars and castor wheels and you can always transport your kitchen island to any side of the kitchen (or even outdoors). Other alternatives include rustic farm tables and stainless steel restaurant workstations.
New Lighting Fixtures
A new lighting system is cheap and easy to make, but it can add a dramatic transformation in your kitchen. Some key tips to remember here include:
- Locating new fixtures near where the main kitchen tasks are performed, such as sinks and cook tops.
- Placing lighting bulbs inside glass-fronted cabinets to show off the attractive contents of the cabinets
- Using fixtures with dimmers so that you can vary kitchen moods
Spend Money Where Necessary
Even while designing a kitchen on a tight budget, you will have to spend some money. The key here is to spend it where it is necessary. For example, open box, slightly scratched appliances are available at considerable discounts. You can also sand down your cabinets and stain them to give them a new look, all without spending a lot of money.
However, you need to spend some money on the worktop because it is one of the most visible features in your kitchen. For example, a relatively lightweight granite slab with a thicker edging (mitred downstand), isn't terribly expensive but looks luxuriously expensive.
Work closely with a home remodeling service like Crist & Sons Contractors, Inc. to get your kitchen looking the way you want it to at the right price.