DIY Budget Kitchen Makeovers - One Project at a Time • The Budget ...

Many people love the look of a freshly updated kitchen. Professional contractors can be invaluable for big jobs, but anyone with enough knowledge and experience can tackle some projects without hiring help.


One of the first things people think of when they think of a kitchen remodel is replacing their old appliances. If the appliances are relatively new and run well, they do not automatically need to be gotten rid of. Even if they are not in perfect condition, an electrician or plumber can come by to see if they can be repaired. Plenty of local companies that handle Lakewood plumbing or electricity are glad to come out for estimates.

If they are in poor condition, like a leaky refrigerator or a dishwasher that stalls on the dry cycle, they can be sold or donated to an organization or private person who needs them.


For an updated look, countertops can be replaced with marble or granite to add elegance to any kitchen. If that is not preferable, then, depending on the material, existing counters can be laminated or painted for a new look. Painting and laminating cost much less than brand new counters and can be done much more quickly.


It is easy for an old-fashioned set of cabinets to make an entire kitchen look dated. If replacing them is not an option, they can be sanded and refinished or painted. If the doors are all wood, then panels can be cut out and glass installed. New handles or knobs can be installed to instantly update the cupboard’s appearance.


Nothing can freshen up a room like a coat of paint or some new wallpaper. While wallpaper is harder to deal with, most people are able to wield a paintbrush without difficulty. Painting a room can take as little as one or two days, so the results are fast and impressive.


An old floor can be a major eyesore. Over time, panels may peel, or tiles can crack, resulting not only in an unsightly mess but a tripping hazard. There are plenty of flooring options in all different price ranges, so finding a replacement should not be too difficult.

Whether the project is big or small, with some creativity and ingenuity, the results can be fantastic. Check any local laws to make sure everything is up to code and make sure that a professional contractor is contacted for any part of the project that is beyond the abilities of the remodeler. Then, be prepared to enjoy a fresh new kitchen for years to come.

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