One of the most popular remodeling projects is renovating the kitchen, a project that can also easily become the most expensive. Forbes magazine lists the average kitchen makeover budget at close to $54,000. Wow, good thing we’re into home DIY projects! Let’s look at ways to invigorate your kitchen for less.
Create a Remodeling Plan
Think about why you are remodeling. Are you updating the kitchen to resell your home? Or are you looking for a change? Answering these questions can help you establish a realistic plan and avoid the expensive pitfalls of kitchen renovations. Determine which projects you want to do yourself and which ones you want to leave to the professionals.
Decide What You Want Done the Most
If you just want to freshen up the look of the most popular room in the house, what in your kitchen stays – the cabinets, the countertops or the appliances? If you want all new stainless steel appliances, then start your budget there and build on that. Decide what you want done the most and what you can exclude.
Popular Materials for Countertops
Determined to have granite installed in your kitchen? Expect to spend 10-15% of your overall kitchen remodel budget just on the countertops. Granite, marble and engineered stones are popular. They do come at a price.
- Granite – Scratch and heat resistant; can stain if not sealed properly
- Marble – Carrara is popular, can stain and scratch
- Soapstone – Bacteria, acid and stain resistant; can chip on edges
- Natural and Engineered Quartz (Silestone, CaesarStone) – Heat and stain resistant
- Wood – Popular with many chefs; inexpensive
- Glass – Recycled or mosaic; can chip and show scratches
- Concrete – Can be tinted and textured for aesthetics
- Laminate – Inexpensive; wide range of colors available
- Solid Surfaces (Corian, Wilsonart, Avonart) – Stain and bacteria resistant; not heat tolerant.
- Stainless Steel – Durable; heat resistant and easy to clean
Money-Saving Countertop Ideas
Save money by getting creative with your countertops. Here are a few suggestions:
- Paint laminate surfaces – Be sure to cover your paint choice with several protective coatings of polyurethane (matte or high gloss finish).
- Tile – Mix it up. Select different types of tile for the countertop and the backsplash.
- Wood – Re-purpose old wood doors. Use old countertops as a template to cut out the wood. Sand, stain and coat them with polyurethane.
- Concrete – Apply it right over your old surfaces or buy it in slabs built to your exact measurements.
- Stainless Steel – To get a seamless countertop, order materials cut to specific measurements.
Many of these countertop options require 24 hrs. drying time between coats, so be patient. Good things come to those who wait (and do it themselves).
Dream Kitchens for Less
You can have the dream kitchen you want by rolling up your sleeves and creatively re-inventing an old space. By saving money and redoing the countertops yourself, you can use the extra cash to buy new appliances or redo the cabinets and floors. Even grilled cheese sandwiches will taste better made in your newly remodeled kitchen! As Emeril Lagasse says, “Bam!” – what a kitchen.
From orbital sanders and drills to concrete mixers and paint sprayers, our expert staff is always on hand to help you find the right equipment for kitchen remodels and more. Learn more tips from our blog, Install a Tile Backsplash in Your Kitchen for a Fresh New Look. As always, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.