Giving your kitchen a facelift does not have to cost an arm and a leg. You don’t have to do a total renovation or replace everything in your kitchen. You can even use the same cabinet fixtures but spruce them up a bit to create a new look. Here are some budget friendly tips on how to revive this part of the house.
If you have an open layout, you need to pay special attention to your counters. These will be the most visible part in an open concept kitchen. Many homeowners use marble tops or granite. These choices are quite expensive and require a lot of maintenance. If you prefer to have a stone finish on your counter-tops, consider using quartz which comes in a variety of colors. This material is virtually indestructible and will last a long time while it produces a high quality finish to your kitchen counter.
Another option is to use concrete and have the surface stained or colored (see video below). Chemical stains, pigments, epoxy and a number of aggregates can add texture and class to ordinary cement surfaces. They can look like granite, marble, or limestone but will last longer than any of them. Using concrete is also cheaper than buying granite or marble slabs for your counter-tops. You can also use the same material and technology for your kitchen floors.
Cabinets don’t have to be removed and replaced to create a new look. If your cabinet materials are still in good condition, you can have them resurfaced or repainted. So, instead of replacing the entire cabinet fittings, you can just get new hardware such as modern stainless steel knobs and drawer handles. Before repainting kitchen cabinets and drawers, make sure that the doors and fittings are realigned properly.
Use color to freshen up things. If your old kitchen appeared dull and boring in white or beige, repaint the room in two tones with one color in a vibrant or eye-catching shade. Use an accent wall to break up monotony. You can also reupholster or repaint kitchen furniture in attractive colors. Add some artwork on the walls to provide some character and pizazz.
Making your kitchen look beautiful does not have to be costly. You should also consider the durability of the materials you will work with. It can become expensive to have to redo your decor again after a year or two if your materials don’t last long. Talk to a good interior designer or hire a reliable contractor to apply your own unique design.