Budget Friendly Kitchen Maekovers

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extracted from Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget
by Michele Dawson

http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20020902_kitchen.htm

Be sure the contractor you hire is professional. Always get references, and get a detailed contract that spells out every detail and step of the remodeling job.
Try to keep windows in place. Moving windows gets expensive.

Think paint. Changing the color of a room is one of the most dramatic - and cost-efficient - ways to change your room's appearance.

Try to stick with your existing appliances. This can save up to $5,000. If you do opt for new appliances, choose ones that are energy-efficient: this will save you money on your utility bills, and will be an asset when it comes time to sell your home.

Keep fixtures, appliances, and utilities in place so you don't have to change plumbing, gas, and electrical outlets.

Go with neutral colors. Your new fixtures, appliances, and laminates will be less expensive if you go with a white or almond sink and a neutral laminate. Plus, they won't come and go as a passing trend.

If possible, use your existing floor. If you need new flooring, vinyl and laminate are less expensive than wood and tile. Choose a color that ties the kitchen to the adjoining rooms.

Carefully study your cabinet options, because this will play a big role in the cost. You can delay some options to help reduce the initial costs. If you do decide to wait, make sure the option you want will be available and can be added after your new cabinets are in place.

Consider refacing existing cabinets. This will save money and you won't need to install a new floor, countertops, and appliances.

Use standard cabinetry instead of custom.

Choose cabinets that are finger-pulled and don't need additional hardware.

Think about laminate countertops. They are less expensive than tile and granite. You can accent it with wood or tile trim.

Choosing less costly products will help bring the total cost down, so compare prices carefully. You'll also need to find out how much labor is involved in some of the features you are seeking, like tile countertops.

The most important thing you can do to extend your budget is to plan ahead. Go through the design process with a fine-tooth comb and select all your new countertops, flooring, appliances, and fixtures. This will help keep you from making impulsive decisions down the road.



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Easy And Inexpensive Kitchen Decorating Tips
By Lee Dobbins

http://ezinearticles.com/?Easy-And-Inexpensive-Kitchen-Decorating-Tips&id=67709

Small changes can have a big effect on how your kitchen looks. Below are 11 decorating ideas that you can do yourself in a day or less. Not only are these simple changes are easy to do, but they are inexpensive too!

1. Afraid of changing your drab white kitchen walls? Instead of choosing rich, deep colors for your first project, you will likely feel more comfortable with a neutral such as beige or gray which will not date the room or create a jarring palate that you will easily tire of.

2. Brighten up the kitchen. Use mirrors to capture the sunlight and bounce it around. Try putting a mirror across from a window or on a wall that corners against the window wall for the most light distribution.

3. Make seasonal changes. Moving the kitchen furniture into a 'summer arrangement' can optimize your space and give it a more airy feel. Make it light and breezy - think about removing some of the furniture and decorations for a lighter feel. Open those curtains and let the sun shine in!

4. Use slipcovers. Slipcovers over your chairs can soften the room and add to your decor. For the holidays, try using special covers in holdiay patters or colors. For a nice summer change use white cotton or canvas slipcovers on the chairs.

5. Get ideas from the pros. Look in magazines, books, television or the internet to get a flavor of the accessories and designs you would like to see in your kitchen. IF you see a kitchen decorated in a way that you like, think about how you can duplicate the same decor in your home.

6. Decorate with cookbooks. You can make a nice display with your cookbooks. Try grouping them in interesting configurations with some laying down and some standing. Don't put small books next to tall books but align them in graduating sizes.

7. Warm it up with rugs. Area rugs can add a splash of color or cover up an old or unmatching floor. When buying rugs, measure the space so you can be sure to get the right size. Rugs used under a table should be large enough to also accommodate the chairs when fully pulled out.

8. Bring the outdoors inside. Don't be afraid to hang plants from any bare ceiling corner to give a lived in feeling to a plain kitchen. Plants provide interest and soften up the room. For above the cabinets or hard to reach places, silk plants work just as well as real ones, however, if you do buy silk, go with a good quality arrangement that looks realistic.

9. Change your look with accessories. A few strategically places accessories can change your kitchen from dull to dramatic! Maybe you want to go with a certain theme and you might be able to give your kitchen a whole new look just by replacing some key accessories like toaster covers, dish towels, cannister sets, salt and pepper shakers and pot holders.

10. Change your cabinet pulls. Theres so many different styles of cabinet pulls these days - figural, wooden, ceramic, glass - you should be able to find a design that matches your new decor easily. They are easy to install yourself and your friends will think you got new cabinets!

11. Add a border. wallpaper borders are easy to put up and can add color and interest. You can use them at the top of the wall or go with a less traditional use underneath the cabinets. Use them at chair rail height to break up long walls. An even less expensive (but more labor intensive) alternative is to use stencils and paint.



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DIY's top tips for redoing your kitchen on any budget. Whether you're ready for a $500 spruce-up or want to increase your home's value by investing in a $20,000 redo, you'll find the ideas and instructions you need to turn your kitchen into the stylish, comfortable space you crave.

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/pac_ctnt_988_leader/text/0,,DIY_26336_66196,00.html?nl=DIY-NL_v156_9



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Achieving high-impact kitchens economically
Remodeling a kitchen doesn’t have to send the owner to Fort Knox for a loan:
http://www.hgtvpro.com/hpro/di_kitchens/article/0,2618,HPRO_20172_3811949,00.html



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Having a brighter, more beautiful kitchen doesn't have to break your budget. The following tips can provide a recipe for inexpensive, kitchen makeover success:
http://www.sawyers-specialties.com/interest/kitchen-makeover.php



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Hey! Just came across this message board and want to drop in and say hello. I have a small obsession with home remodeling, home to make myself at home here :).


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