4 Ways to Transform Your Kitchen on a Budget

A kitchen renovation is often a great investment, but it can be a pricey endeavor.

A kitchen renovation is often a great investment, but it can be a pricey endeavor. Some budget-minded homeowners may opt for a DIY approach to cut extra costs, and for those willing to roll up their sleeves, here are four ways to transform your kitchen on a budget.

A simple way to upgrade your kitchen is to brighten it up with paint. A couple of coats will instantly refresh and liven up the space. Opt for clean, neutral tones, and you can always add fun accents to your blank canvas for a pop of color. Depending on the size of your space, paint could set you back around $250 plus an additional $150 for spackle.

If it's time to update your pantry, skip the contractor fees and remove old molding and shelving yourself. You can replace old shelves with solid oak stair treads. Treads could cost as much as $360 in total, but set aside another $150 for the wood needed for added base support. Purchase polyurethane for an extra 12 bucks to help bring out the wood's natural color.

With a little research, dark gray subway tiles can give your kitchen a modern look. The tiles—as well as any subfloor you may need to replace—could run you about $700.

New countertops are a steep purchase but skipping the contractor could actually keep this splurge within budget. A white and gray silestone will lighten up any kitchen and require little maintenance. Just expect prices to start around $2,000.

Not only are these transformations achievable on your own, but these investments will ensure your dream kitchen is within budget.

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