Kitchen on a Budget
Whether you've got a big budget
or a small one for your kitchen remodeling project, it's
wise to try to make sure your spending doesn't spiral
out of control as the process continues. There are a
number of ways you can stay within your budget,
beginning with staying on top of every dollar that goes
If your kitchen is seriously
outdated or rundown, it may be necessary for you to
finance your remodeling job. If that describes your
situation, first weigh the pluses and minuses of the
project before you sign up for a home equity loan or
On the plus side, an attractive, up-to-date kitchen can
add thousands of dollars to the resale value of your
home. The downside: if you're not planning to move in
the foreseeable future, you won't see that money until
you do sell.
A plus: if you plan to stay in your home for a long time
to come, having a new, more efficient and beautiful
kitchen will make life more enjoyable along the way. On
the other hand, if you're staying put, you'll have to
pay back the money you spend out of your hard-earned
cash until you finally decide to move.
You could use credit cards to pay for the remodel, too.
The plus side: they're easy and require no particularly
difficult approval process. The minus: the interest
rates can be very costly, adding thousands to the
overall cost of your remodel.
Once you've got your budget established and you've
decided to move forward, you'll save thousands by
shopping hard for the various items you're going to need
to complete the job. Shopping in discount home
improvement centers, looking for close-out items,
watching for sales, ordering from online or mail order
catalogs, and buying slightly blemished items can save
substantial amounts of money.
If you save money on items, such
as finding a fabulous faucet at ReStore (Habitat for
Humanity's thrift store), perhaps you can upgrade your
kitchen sink with a farm sink.
There are also ways you can
revamp your existing appliances to make them fit
your new kitchen scheme. There are companies that can
refinish your appliances and sinks in whatever color you
want, which can save thousands over buying new ones.
Many dishwashers, refrigerators, and stoves, come with
changeable panels that allow you to instantly change
their look completely. This can also add up to huge
If you're already happy with the color of your
appliances (if they're white, for instance, which will
go with any other color scheme), you can make your
kitchen look vastly different by simply adding a
fantastic new sink and changing the color of the walls.
New lighting fixtures are also a fairly inexpensive way
to achieve a radically different look for your kitchen.
One way to make off-the-shelf
kitchen cabinets look custom:
Add molding and paint or stain
in a darker color. Remove wood panels and replace with
glass inserts. Take a stained glass class and get help
making your own custom design.
Kitchen walls painted red. Added
molding painted black.
New flooring is also a terrific
way to give the kitchen an instant face lift. You can
use fairly inexpensive vinyl tile, which comes in
easy-to-install squares that offer stylish patterns,
durability, and easy-care maintenance.
You can also save lots of interest charges and years of
payments by remodeling your kitchen a little at time and
paying as you go. Whichever path you choose, stay on top
of your spending and stay within your budget--however
large it may be.
Copyright © 2006 Jeanette J. Fisher