Sometimes a kitchen can feel dated, uninviting, and fall short on function, design, or both. Of course, a full-scale remodel can fix all of that and more, but is very expensive! So here are three smaller-scale, budget-friendly kitchen updates that will have your kitchen feeling inviting, luxurious, and functional, for a fraction of the cost.
1 – Update Cabinets with Paint or Stain, and Hardware
While replacing cabinets outright will offer some extra options, re-painting or staining the cabinets can provide a brand new feel and an updated style at a fraction of the cost. Since the best way to paint or stain cabinets is to partially disassemble them, removing doors and hardware, it’s the perfect time to replace hardware as well!
Cabinet hardware is one of those little touches that can add surprisingly impactful style, as well as remarkable function, for very minimal investment. Well-designed hardware can make it easier for elderly or disabled people to use your kitchen, and touches like soft-close drawer slides and door dampers, while hidden from view, add a feel of quality and luxury when you actually use your kitchen!
2 – Upgrade Functionality with Modern Storage
For many homeowners, the fact that their kitchen’s storage options are pretty dated isn’t something they would normally consider. It’s true though! How much of your kitchen’s cabinetry just sits empty, because it’s inaccessible without crawling halfway into the cabinet? How many pots, pans, and small appliances do you just never use, because they’re too hard to get to? What if you could change all of that?
With options like sliding trays for the bottom shelf, that allow big, bulky, heavy items to slide right out into the room for easy use; gliding hideaway hanging-storage for skillets and saucepans, to keep them neat and organized; and easy-to-access door-mounted storage for everything from spices to cutting boards or even the kitchen waste basket, you can transform using your kitchen on a functional level from quite literally painful, to a modern, luxurious breeze.
3 – Replace Cabinets for a Whole New Look and Feel
Some kitchens simply need new cabinets. Maybe yours are warped or have significant wear and damage that’s more than just skin-deep. Or maybe you can’t have your dishwasher and oven open at the same time. While stoves can be tricky to relocate, dishwashers are often pretty easy; the water and drain lines are just flexible hoses, and if they’re not long enough, it’s not usually difficult to replace them with longer ones. The electrical connection can be a little trickier, but is within reach of a DIY enthusiast.
As for the cabinets themselves? With Ready-to-Assemble options, they can be surprisingly affordable! We have cabinetry solutions for a typical 10’ x 10’ kitchen starting at under $1,100!