Budget Kitchen Remodeling Ideas



If your cabinets and counter tops are in good shape, you can update the look of your kitchen by changing the color of the walls and/or re-surfacing or re-painting the cabinets. Cabinet re-facing, is more expensive than painting, but still saves about 50 percent over all new cabinets.  As long as your cabinets aren’t laminate or melamine, you can re-paint them yourself.  New drawer and door pulls will make a huge difference in the look of your kitchen.

Color:  go for a 60-30-10 color scheme (60 percent of a main color, 30 percent of a complementary color and 10 percent for an accent color like a backsplash or a trim detail.) Keep the big items like cabinets on the neutral side and accent with elements like wall paint, window treatments and small appliances. Florescent under-cabinet lighting strips are easy and inexpensive. Spending a couple hundred dollars to upgrade the kitchen sink or even just the faucet can also go a long way in sprucing up your kitchen.


Counter Top Options:


Granite: Price:  $35 to $125 per square foot, installed

Pros: natural beauty in multiple finishes and exotic colors, can pick own slab, resists heat, durable, waterproof, can be honed to produce a matte finish.

Cons: porous and stains if not properly sealed, can scratch, bacterial concerns.  Maintenance:  needs sealing once or twice a year by homeowner.

Quartz: Price:  $56 to $86 per square foot, installed

Pros: durable, non-porous, resistant to scratches and stains, doesn’t chip, more uniform appearance, no bacterial issues, many choices, some have 10-year warranty.

Cons:  not as natural looking, undermount sink has to be cut carefully to match.  Maintenance:  needs no sealing or refinishing.  Easy to clean.

Solid Surface material:    Price:  $32 to $70 per square foot, installed

Pros: seamless appearance, non-porous, repairable, wide variety of colors and patterns, needs no sealing.

Cons: softer material so can be scratched, sensitive to heat.

Laminate: Price:  $3 – $8 per lineal foot, installed

Pros: variety of colors and patterns, needs no sealing, easy to clean, non-porous.

Cons: scratches and chips, not heat resistant.

Ceramic Tile: Price:  $8 – $20 per square foot, installed

Pros: variety of colors and patterns,

Cons: fragile, hard to clean, grout stains, bacteria in grout, needs periodic sealing.