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Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates

Old or new, large or small, most of us consider the kitchen to be the heart of every home; however, with this elevated status comes a greater degree of wear and tear, and an amplified need for modern updates.  Generally speaking, it should come as no surprise that a large portion of new homeowners opt for kitchen remodels once they close on a property.

Often expensive and somewhat time consuming, kitchen projects can be a serious—yet extremely beneficial—investment.  Yet, what many homeowners fail to realize is that it doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars to make worthwhile improvements.  In reality, it’s incredibly possible to tackle advantageous kitchen projects on a limited budget.

1.) PAINT: One of the best ways to improve the look of any room is to add a fresh coat of paint.  This DIY project is not only inexpensive (a gallon of paint only costs about $30-$40 and will cover approximately 350 sq. ft), but it can be done in a single day.

2.) CABINET REFRESH: Yes, cabinet replacement can be pricey; however, updating or refinishing can be a wonderful money-saving option.  Making a point to replace your cabinet hardware will not only give an updated look to tired, old cabinets, but it will also present the cheapest option.  From there, you might want to consider adding a new coat of paint or, if you’re feeling up to it, learning how to reface and refinish your cabinets yourself.

3.) COUNTERTOP AND FLOOR RENEWAL: One of the best ways to dramatically impact the appearance of your kitchen is to refinish your countertops and floors either as a DIY project or professionally.  Resurfacing companies, who specialize in placing laminate-like materials over your existing surface, cost about $3-$7 per square foot, while wood floors can be sanded and refinished in a relatively short period of time.

4.) BACKSPLASH: Of all the accents in the kitchen, the backsplash presents a wonderful opportunity to bring in creative patterns and colors—at a relatively low price!  The average cost generally depends upon the style and type of materials you choose, as well as the method of installation; however, this is another area that is pretty easy to tackle yourself.  If you opt to install a backsplash on your own, consider using a material that’s easy to cut and apply.

5.) KITCHEN SINK MAKEOVER: You don’t have to be a plumber to figure out how to easily replace the faucet on your sink within an hour; however, if you can spare a bit more time, money, and effort, it’s entirely possible to replace the entire sink for under $500.

6.) ACCESSORIES: There’s no doubt that appliances are expensive, but it’s still possible to purchase a number of other new, attractive accessories at a low cost.  Don’t be afraid to bring in a number of unique colors and styles through decorative cups, bowls, lights, and artwork.

In the end, you might be surprised to find that small changes can actually make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your kitchen.  It’s okay if you don’t have a large budget to work with, especially if you don’t mind adding a bit of sweat equity into your home.  Oftentimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference.

Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders | www.cresbuilders.com |770-983-4698

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