Lindsay Gill: 6 budget friendly kitchen renovation ideas

Friday, December 26, 2014

6 budget friendly kitchen renovation ideas

Along with the appliances, walls, and floors, we did 5 budget friendly kitchen renovations to brighten things up.

1.  Paint the cabinets.  Our cabinets were in great condition, they were just dark and dated.  I may have underestimated the work involved with taking them off and on, but I do think this was worth it.  We sanded them, primed them, and painted them.  We will will have to do some touch-up painting now that they are re-installed.  I didn't want to spend another dime so we didn't change the door handles and knobs, but that would be another way to give new life to the cabinets.

2.  Lighting.  Once the wall paper was down, the main light didn't look too bad.  But it was too low for John Paul and limited his movement in the kitchen.  And the one above the sink certainly had to go.  The lights in the periphery of the kitchen also gave off a non-ideal yellow glow.  We got a kettle lamp shown below for above the sink.  Just be aware that it requires you to use one of the metal tubes so it does hang a few inches down, and it does get hot to the touch!  We got this one for the main light.  I made the mistake of buying 3-way bulbs which are the lights with 3 different levels...wrong ones.  If you have tall people in the house, be sure to measure the maximum height of the light. 


3.  Remove.  We removed that upper cabinet looking into the family room.  This really opened things up and made a big difference, especially for John Paul.

4.  Countertop.  I love the look of WilsonArt's Old Mill Oak Laminate.  The wood "panels" are a little closer together than I would have liked (I love the butcher block feel) but I am really pleased with it so far.

5.  Backsplash.  We used a wainscot-like bead-board back splash but ours supposedly does not swell if it gets wet.  Look into that, I don't know the exact name.

6.  Faucet.  I was not convinced that I needed this but I am so happy we changed out the faucet.  We kept the old sink.  Figure out if you need a 1,2,3 or 4 hole mount.  We had a 4 hole can get a 3 hole mount with a soap dispenser.  I didn't want the sprayer but was reminded that we have the two-bowl kitchen sink and would need the sprayer to reach all edges.    We got the faucet below and it looks great.

Moen 87017 Pullout Spray Kitchen Faucet

polished nickel light

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