3 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Updates

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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

Breighton Kitchen HardwareWhile 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

Well Defined Kitchen With Large Tile Floor.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!

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3 Ways to Renovate Without New Cabinets

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One of the most popular ways to renovate a bathroom is to replace the vanity or cabinets with newer, more modern models. But let’s face it, that’s a lot of work! If the new vanity doesn’t fit quite precisely into the old one’s spot, there’s a good chance you’ll have to repaint the walls, or replace the floor covering, and the whole thing can cascade and get out of hand pretty fast. So here are three ways to give your bathroom a great new look without the need to replace the entire vanity!

Replace Just the Vanity Top

A new granite bathroom vanity top can go a long way toward updating a bathroom’s look and style, without nearly as much work or risk as replacing the entire cabinet. In many cases, the cabinet itself is perfectly serviceable, especially since it’s the top that makes the first and biggest visual impression.

Just replacing the top can save cost as well, as it’s smaller and lighter to ship. Plus, as with our own granite models, you can even find vanity tops that ship with the porcelain sink basin already installed, saving you the time and hassle of trying to center it yourself.

Swap Out Hardware for a Fresh New Look

An even easier way to help your bath’s new look really pop is to simply replace your bathroom cabinet hardware. By matching hardware to other design elements in your bathroom, such as towel racks, shower rods or door hardware, and the mounting or frame of the mirror, you can create a coordinated look. It may not seem that important, but often it’s little details like that that give a room a feeling of quality and comfort, rather than something just slapped together out of whatever parts were cheapest at the time.

ProTip: If you plan to live in your home for many years to come, or if you live in an area where retirees are likely to buy your house when you sell, you may want to consider sticking to pull handles as much as possible. Arthritic hands have a much easier time manipulating pull handles than knobs, and that may make the difference between a pleasant and saleable bathroom, and one an elderly resident finds slightly uncomfortable and difficult to deal with.

Luxury on a Budget with New Faucets and Shower Sets

Right along with new hardware, a third way to update not just the look of your bathroom, but its feel of luxury and quality, without uprooting any major fixtures is to replace your sink and tub faucets and your shower hardware. You might be surprised how far a new set of faucets can go toward changing the look of a bathroom, but from antique to ultra-modern, few fixtures have greater impact.

What’s more, a new shower set doesn’t just look great, it feels great too, with options ranging from firm sprays and massaging jets, to shower heads that mimic natural rainfall, you can incorporate exactly the kind of shower experience you love, with the style you want, without breaking the bank.

You’ll be amazed how much of a difference these three things can make! A bathroom with a new granite vanity top, a new set of hardware, and matching faucets and shower set will look like a whole new bathroom, at a fraction of the expense and time commitment of a full bathroom remodel!

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5 Easy Ways to Add a Splash of Color to Your Bathroom

Kitchen PlansRenovating is costly, but there are many ways you can add color to your bathroom without spending much money. Here are five ideas:


Painting is by far one of the cheapest ways to make a dramatic change in your bathroom. You can paint your walls, but you can also get creative and paint your bathroom cabinets, tiles, and fixtures. That 70s decorative tile doesn’t have to be tacky any longer. Focus on tiles that are on the floor, wall, or vanity tops, but avoid those in the shower or bathtub because you want to avoid damage from excessive moisture.

Remove all grease and grime with a sturdy detergent to prep. Start with a urethane bonding primer, such as epoxy, and coat with a high-gloss finish at the end. If paint doesn’t spread very well, use paint thinner. Once the paint has dried for three days, coat with a urethane finish to guard against scrubbing and water damage.


Wallpaper allows you to incorporate fun designs that would be difficult and time-consuming to achieve through painting. It adds drama to otherwise bland bathrooms. First, you’ll need to prime your walls by wiping them down. Remove all hardware from light switches and fixtures and patch any holes with plaster. Apply wallpaper primer with a roller brush. This is a highly important step that you don’t want to skip. Otherwise, you’ll find your wallpaper peeling off the walls. Counter-intuitively, it also makes the wallpaper easier to take off during a future project.

Wallpaper is best applied in vertical strips added one by one, carefully attending to a continual pattern. When you apply the wallpaper, leave space to trim it later with a box cutter around the baseboards and bath vanity. Make sure there aren’t any bubbles when you press down.

Textiles and Knick Knacks

Colorful towels, toothbrush holders, soap dispensers, and any other easily replaceable items can add the pop of color you desire on your bathroom vanity tops without a whole lot of work. Try finding items in different shades of the same color that match your bathroom cabinets to keep a running theme.

Fun Hardware

We’re talking glass or porcelain knobs for your bath vanity, or embellished shower curtain hooks for your bath. For bath vanity knobs, all you need is your new knobs, the right screws, and the right screwdriver. Easy.


A vibrant green or flowery pink or purple would certainly spruce up your bathroom space with little effort. Take care to water your plant every day, or simply buy fabric flowers and place them in a vase on your bathroom vanity top.

Ready for the next step in your bathroom revamp adventure? Check out our ready-to-assemble cabinets that you can install yourself at RTAcabinets.com


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How to Estimate the Cost of Remodeling

Businessman Calculating And Checking Articles Of AgreementThe first thing any home owner considering a remodel usually wants to know is “How much will it cost?” Here are some tips and ideas to get you started in putting together an estimate for the cost of remodeling, whether you’re just looking for a quick and dirty first-pass guesstimate, or a more detailed and realistic cost for your exact remodeling plan.

First Pass Estimates

There are organizations that compile data on average remodeling costs in the US nationally, by region, and even by city for major metropolitan areas. For a general idea, check out remodel.hw.net. It breaks down general categories of remodeling (minor kitchen vs. major kitchen, for example) by region, giving cost and expected increase to home value.

To get a little more specific to your exact project, but still not have to go into detail about what exact materials and vanity you intend to buy, remodelingcalculator.org is a helpful remodeling calculator. It’s simple to use, and only involves a few fields, and maybe a couple of measurements.

Detailed Estimates

Of course, the easiest way to get a detailed estimate is to simply call a few contractors, have them come take a look at the room you want to remodel, and get competing estimates for the job. But what if you intend to do it yourself?

Clearly, in order to put together a detailed estimate, you’ll need to have a detailed plan, and that can be kind of a pain to put together without the right tools. Lucky for you, we have just such a tool available! With our free kitchen design tool, you can design your dream kitchen using measurements and statistics from your own space, visualize what it could look like when it’s done, and then get an itemized estimate right away.

Always Budget a Little Extra

Depending on the age and condition of your house, it’s always a good idea to build in an extra 10% to 20% to cover any nasty little surprises you encounter along the way. For example, what if you discover mold or mildew, or rotting floorboards or drywall, that you hadn’t planned on replacing? Or what if your older house’s plumbing or wiring isn’t up to code, and can’t handle modern fixtures and appliances?

The point is, you never know what you’ll find once you actually remove flooring and cabinets, and open up walls. The older your home, the more likely you’ll encounter an expensive snag in your well-laid plans. If you budget for it, you can take it in stride if something does go wrong, and if it doesn’t, you wind up with some money in your pocket. If you don’t, it can put you into debt, or bring your kitchen or bathroom remodel to a grinding halt.

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RTA Cabinets Are an Easy Way to Revamp a Bathroom

36" Sink Base Cabinet- Mocha ShakerBathroom remodels are one of the top renovations that produce the most return on investment. These rooms tend to be the most costly to redo, but they are the ones that will pay for themselves once you plan to resell. This is because bath vanity cabinetry, counters, tubs, and sinks are what need to be updated most often to stay current. Finally, you can replace those outdated oak bathroom cabinets with sleek new cabinets and give your bathroom that wow factor.

The endeavor isn’t as costly as you may think. Bath vanity cabinets traditionally come fully assembled or are custom-made by a contractor. However, there is an alternative to costly bathroom vanity cabinets that won’t force you to sacrifice quality. Another option for revamping a bathroom is to use ready-to-assemble (RTA) bathroom cabinets.

What Are RTA Cabinets?

Ready-to-assemble cabinets are discount cabinets that come shipped in pieces. When you receive your shipment, you’re the one who puts the cabinets together instead of the supplier. RTA cabinets are a bit of work to put together, but they look just as nice as fully-assembled cabinets. RTA cabinets are often made of the same quality wood, so you don’t have to settle for pressed wood to save money.

Where to Get Them

There are online catalogs that include RTA bath vanity cabinets that you can browse through for inspiration. Many manufacturers offer help through email or phone to answer your questions right away while ordering and installing. RTA cabinets are shipped to the customer in flat packages that cost far less than the bulky packages sent with fully-assembled cabinets. The packages contain everything the customers need to assemble their bathroom sink cabinets, except for a few common household tools.

Quick Tips

If you decide to install your cabinets by yourself, make sure you have at least one other person with you. This is to ensure your safety as well as the aesthetics of the end result. You can also hire a professional to install the cabinets if you wish.

We specialize in ready-to-assemble cabinets. Browse the RTA Cabinets catalogue for more information.

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Top 10 Tips for Your First Time Remodeling

Where To Get The FaqsRemodels take a considerable amount of time, and it’s more than you might think. Remodeling a single room can take up to 5-6 weeks, and that’s if you’ve streamlined your schedule and know what ducks go where in your row. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are the best tips on remodeling your home.

1. Contractors Will Give You Your Weekends Back

You might save on contractor fees when you do your kitchen or bathroom cabinets and other renovations yourself, but most DIYers can only devote time on the weekends, drawing out a half-year project into a multi-year endeavor.

2. Avoid Costly Mistakes

If you’re new to renovation, there are many things that need to happen before you can do something else, or you have to take out what you’ve done and start over again. An example of this is installing kitchen cabinets before your lighting and other electrical work. Research common problems with installing bathroom and kitchen cabinets and how to avoid them.

3. Consider Ready to Assemble Cabinets

If you’ve renovated before, you might benefit from doing the installation and painting yourself. Custom cabinets are well built and installed by experienced renovators and professionals, but ready-to-assemble cabinets work well for those who are newer to the craft. These discount cabinets work great for those who want to save a bit of money.

4. Get Free Advice

Many suppliers offer installation guides and tips that teach you how to renovate your kitchen or bathroom cabinets by yourself. Their customer service representatives will gladly listen to your case and help you get the dream renovation you desire.

5. Bring a Friend

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are heavy, so it’s highly recommended that you install with one or two other people if you’re going the DIY route. Small installation projects, like Rev-A-Shelf improvements, can easily and safely be done alone.

6. Get All Your Permits

Many renovations require city permits, and keeping track of all the rules takes a considerable amount of time. Skipping out on permits, even by mistake, is risky and will result in fines and other consequences. If you need multiple permits, it would be wise to hire a general contractor.

7. Use Professionals and Save the Headache

If your project requires the assistance of multiple professionals, such as plumbers, electricians, etc., it would also be worth your while to hire a general contractor. You’ll spend less time in a cluttered home because the contractor can dedicate his entire day to your project and have multiple subcontractors working on different things at once.

8. Use Your Contractor to Get the Best Deals

Contractors are in the know about the best value on electricians, painters, cabinetry installers, and other subcontractors. They know how to get good work for less money, because they have been building their professional relationships for years. They also know how to get surplus materials for cheap, and they might pass those savings on to you.

9. Determine Your Purpose

Are you renovating for your own happiness or are you planning to sell your home in the future? Choosing eccentric colors could lower your chances of getting a buyer when you’re ready to sell.

10. Enjoy the Process

Renovating can be hectic, but it’s exciting as well. Don’t lose sight of your vision, and take problems one step at a time.

Spend your remodeling budget on more things by spending less on cabinets. Ready-to-assemble cabinets are easier to ship, and will cost much less than fully constructed cabinets. These cheap cabinets can be installed by either a professional or the home owner.

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