One great way to save money on any home improvement project is to do some or all of the work yourself! Here are three tips to help you save money on your DIY kitchen remodel.
Sometimes a Little Goes a Long Way
If your heart is set on a full remodel, more power to ya! We’re here to help. Sometimes though, what you’re really craving is just something different, a more modern feel, or something to keep up with current trends without breaking the bank.
In those cases, you might be surprised how much difference even a small change like new door handles and drawer pulls can make, as far as the look of a kitchen. If the doors, drawer fronts, and cabinets themselves are in good shape, you may be able to update your kitchen’s look for hundreds of dollars instead of thousands!
In the same way, the more functional side of hardware can make just as big a difference in how a kitchen feels, which in many cases is even more important in making a good impression! Modern hinges include soft-close operation that feels smooth and luxurious, and high-quality drawer glides can take an old, sticky, scratchy drawer you have to wrestle open and closed, and make it glide smoothly and silently.
Refinish and Refurbish
If your existing cabinets are high-quality, and in good shape, you can make an even bigger impact for not much more cost, by refinishing them as you refurbish them with new hardware. Once the hardware is all off, you’ve done a good portion of the work involved already!
To see if your cabinets are worth keeping around, check inside and out for water damage and any deep dings or cuts. While you do, try to ascertain what the cabinet boxes are made out of, as well as the drawer fronts and doors. If the doors are real wood, and the sides and frame are plywood, you’re good to go! If you see laminate strips on the edges of the doors though, or any particle board anywhere, you’re probably going to want to replace them with better stuff.
If you do decide to refinish, keep in mind that it’s much easier to go darker than lighter in terms of stain. If you’re painting, the sky’s the limit, though it may take more coats to successfully cover up a dark stain or vivid grain pattern, than a lighter tone or a less striking wood, especially if you use white or other light colors of paint.
Replace With Quality RTA Cabinets
If your kitchen needs more than just a facelift, and new cabinets are in order, take a look at our selection of quality Ready-to-Assemble cabinets! Our cabinets are all made of furniture-grade plywood, which is better for resisting warping than solid wood, and much more durable than particle board. Our doors and drawers are all genuine