Top 10 Cost-Saving Tips for Kitchen Renovations – Design Lesson 5


Hi everyone! Welcome to another design
lesson video. In each video I’m going to review some key design principles that
you should keep in mind when you are thinking about renovating or decorating
your space. So if you have a design dilemma and need some answers feel free
to comment in the section below, or you can tweet me your questions on twitter
at designchickee. Your dilemma could become one of these design lesson videos
right here. In the meantime, let’s get to today’s topic. Today I’m reviewing my top
10 cost-saving tips for kitchen renovations. Renovating your kitchen can
be one of the most expensive rooms to renovate in your home however there are
several ways where you can save your money! Believe it or not! So let’s get to
it! Changing out the color and finish of your cabinetry is the easiest way to
renovate your kitchen giving it a whole different appearance without the major
headaches of construction. Plus when you paint cabinetry you have the chance to
change the hardware by filling in the existing holes and selecting from a wide
array of decorative hardware. Imagine going from dated oak cabinetry to this… a
striking new paint color like this deep charcoal highlighted by beautiful brass
hardware. This is the fastest most efficient and cost-effective way to
transform your kitchen. Where your sinks, major appliances and work surfaces sit
in your kitchen is extremely important for the functionality of your kitchen.
Changing that layout will increase your budget because it means extending
plumbing or adding electrical maybe even removing walls to make that layout
really work for you. Anytime you have to move or extend plumbing your costs go up!
That’s very true for a kitchen renovation where you might want to move
the location of your sink for instance. That also means a whole lot of
additional construction and that increases your costs, so if your kitchen
layout works for you today, consider keeping it to minimize those extra costs.
You can replace the cabinetry, change the countertops and the backsplash and still
keep the layout to minimize the renovation budget. Maybe the best way to dress up your
kitchen is to add something to it and I’ve got some great examples of what to
add and where. First off, I love the idea of adding architectural elements to
cabinetry. This is a corbel, a decorative bracket. It looks great under upper
cabinets like this and adds an element of sophistication so easily to your
cabinets at a very low cost. Secondly, why not add some decorative feet to the
toe kick area of your cabinets. This is so easy to do and it makes it look like
you’ve got furniture pieces instead of stock cabinetry. Let’s say you have
standard flat panel drawers or stock cabinets in your kitchen. You can create
the illusion of a shaker door by adding trim to the doors and painting it all
out or you can add this great X detail with flat trim to the ends of your
kitchen island. It looks fantastic and doesn’t cost a
lot of money. It’s big impact for a small budget. The latest trend in kitchen
renovations is to have your cabinetry extend all the way up to the ceiling. In
many instances cabinetry falls short of the ceiling leaving a gap between the
top of your cabinets and the ceiling of your kitchen. One way to deal with this
gap is to fill it in! A good cabinet maker may be able to add small cabinets
in this space but perhaps the less expensive option, since we’re talking
cost savings here, is to fill it in with just some plywood boards trim and crown
molding. This will lead your eye up to the ceiling making your kitchen feel
taller and giving it the update we’re after. Paint it all out to the same color as
your cabinetry and you’ll have the look of new cabinetry for a very low cost. Using appliances that do double duty
means you have less appliances and less appliances means more room for cabinets
storage and work surfaces. Instead of having a microwave take up valuable real
estate why not consider a combination microwave and over the cooktop vent.
Manufacturers are making this particular appliance look great so save the extra
appliance and locate it above the stove. Another example is using a slide-in
stove instead of purchasing a cooktop and a separate built-in oven. Isolating
the space below the cooktop for a separate appliance brings up your
appliance cost but also adds costs to the specialized cabinetry needed for
this configuration. Plus the slide-in option is usually less expensive than
buying these two items separately. Let’s face it. Cabinetry is expensive! Perhaps
you can forego some cabinetry? Having open shelves gives you easy access
visually and physically to all of your kitchen needs but it also helps your
bottom line. Simply put, less material means less
money so if you can cope with having all your plates and cups exposed, go for it!
Save on upper cabinetry. Every kitchen needs a backsplash and it can really
define the overall look of your kitchen and your new kitchen renovation. But it
can also be a costly addition to your budget. So instead of cutting out that
beautiful design element altogether, consider adding it in small doses. I love
the idea of consolidating your bang for your buck by installing a great
backsplash tile at your stove. It’s a great focal point and it means you can
add a less expensive option to the rest of the kitchen without sacrificing
design. The key here is to splurge for a small area instead of nixing the whole
idea. Sometimes the biggest challenge isn’t your kitchen cabinetry but the
flooring it sits on. Flooring can be a difficult and costly element to renovate.
For instance, let’s say the flooring continues into the dining room or is
open to a living room and removing the floor in the kitchen means your kitchen
renovation is now a main-floor renovation. All of a sudden your project
just got bigger. So why not ignore the floor altogether, by adding a large
beautiful rug to the floor in your kitchen so that now your focus is no
longer on the ugly tile below but how warm and inviting your kitchen is with a
great area rug! Okay so there’s a recurring theme here.
Cabinetry is expensive! A new kitchen island is a great way to add character
and save money by repurposing some other type of furniture. You can incorporate an
old harvest table or a chest of drawers maybe even some low bookcases with a
common top for a work surface. There are lots of ways to incorporate other pieces
of furniture and if you’re handy and a thrift shopper, you can create a pretty
awesome kitchen island like no other. We have a great video on kitchen Islands
right here so take a look and let your creative juices flow! So there you have
it… my top 10 cost-saving tips for kitchen renovations. You can save money
and still have the kitchen of your dreams. You just have to be creative and
splurge in the right places. If you’ve tried any of these tips yourself, I’d
love to see the results so don’t hesitate to leave your comments in the
section below. Also, if you have another tip not listed here I’d love to hear
about it as well. Renovations are expensive. Every penny
counts and we love sharing information on how to help you save. That’s it for
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11 thoughts on “Top 10 Cost-Saving Tips for Kitchen Renovations – Design Lesson 5

  1. I remodeled my kitchen about 10 years ago. Wow it was hard and of course I learned a lot. We would love to remodel our main bathroom but can’t afford it at the moment but I would love to hear your tips on what to spend and what to save in a bath remodel. Thanks.

  2. I'm considering painting my kitchen c abinets . They are original from 2000 when my home was built and are oak. What is the upcoming color scheme? Is it still white for the next 4-5 years or changing to dark wood? Thanks.

  3. was planning to paint my 1950s steel cabinets in different colors (I refinished the pink in 2001) that work with the era. Am planning to do a glass backsplash back painted in Aqua….so it looks extra glossy.

  4. We saved loads of money on our DIY kitchen remodel! We extended our cabinets with the fill-in method to the ceiling (ourselves). We purchased a good quality spray painter as well as excellent "cabinet paint" and spayed our cabinets (ourselves). The sprayer really gave a professional finished look to our cabinets. We used an EPOXY product for our custom counter design (ourselves). We installed a beautiful but inexpensive chandelier (ourselves). The only items that we splurged on were: we hired a professional to install our crown moulding. We also hired a professional to install the woooooow factor glass backsplash, as glass is more difficult to cut and since the tile was pretty expensive we didn't want to waste the tile breaking it as we were cutting. and lastly, we splurged a little on all cabinet hardware however, we installed them (ourselves) as well as the nice upgraded faucet (ourselves). The end result was a BEAUTIFUL white GLAM kitchen the we did mostly ourselves only by WATCHING YOUTUBE videos!!!!!!!!!

  5. I would love to extend/have higher cabinets, BUT the ceiling is SOOO high! There is 18-20 inches. We want to reuse the cabinets and will not paint them, so what can I do to the top?

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