Budget- (and Earth-) Friendly Ways To Remodel Your Kitchen | the ReFab Diaries

When you think about remodeling a kitchen, your first thought may be to gut everything, buy all new appliances, and create something completely fresh and unique. The reality is: a complete kitchen renovation costs. So what are your options for keeping it budget friendly and kind to the planet? 

Budget-Friendly Ways To Remodel Your Kitchen

If you’re like me and don’t have the funds to renovate your outdated kitchen entirely, continue reading these budget-friendly ways to remodel your kitchen and adore your like-new space!


Stick with the current layout

If you want to stay on budget, keep your current kitchen layout. Renovations that reconfigure the layout are quite pricey. Altering electrical wiring, changing the plumbing, and purchasing new cabinets to fit the new layout are only some of the remodel costs required for kitchen reconfiguration.


Paint the cabinets

Purchasing all new cabinets is a big expense and not the most sustainable option. Painting or staining your current cabinets is a budget-friendly way to remodel your kitchen. This update will make the biggest impact, and you can choose any color to fit your desired aesthetic.

If you want to save even more money on this project, consider painting the cabinets yourself! I recommend you test your skills (and paint) on the inside of one cabinet. If you encounter any trouble, you can always hire cabinet painters to assist you in the process.


Update the hardware

After updating the cabinets, replace the hardware so all items match. The kitchen faucet hardware should match the handles of the cabinets. Perhaps all hardware was stainless steel before, and now you want everything rustic gold. Updating these items will create a cohesive kitchen design.


Add unique, energy-efficient lighting

Lighting may not be the first thing you think about for a kitchen renovation. It has a bigger impact on the kitchen’s appearance than you realize. After choosing your new kitchen’s design, find accent lights that make the room feel special.

I love visiting antique shops to find something unique that’s abundant in character. You can also find something modern from a local store. The best part is you only need one or two accent lights to transform the space completely. You can save money while tailoring the style your kitchen needs.


Choose one big purchase

Take a good look at your budget. Is there any room for a big purchase in your new kitchen?

While you need to save money, you can choose one item to splurge on that will change the kitchen experience. Maybe you need a new energy-efficient oven or refrigerator. Or maybe you want to splurge on new, sustainably-made countertops to match the painted cabinets.

No matter which item you choose, pick something you can’t live without!

Remodeling a kitchen is a challenge because you never know where to start. With this quick list of budget-friendly options, you can finally start the renovation process to design the kitchen of your dreams.




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