Kitchen makeovers on a shoestring budget

Cheap kitchen makeovers shouldn't LOOK cheap. They should look FABULOUS and yet cost very little...actually, a fun challenge!

For most of us, money is the problem. Kitchen remodels don't come cheap.

In today's economy we don't have oodles of cash to spare.

So here are cost-cutting gems for budget kitchen remodeling you can adapt to your own kitchen dreams.

But whether money is the issue...

...OR you just don't want to put a lot into your current house...

...OR, like me, you just love a bargain...

You can have a beautiful new kitchen without spending a fortune!


This young woman used her same old laminate cabinets...moved them, painted them, added new wood doors. Then she topped off her unique remodel with inexpensive 4" ceramic tiles on the countertop.

(Read more about this kitchen - Eclectic Kitchen Design.)

You can work miracles like this - for very little money!

Kitchen makeovers should start with one question...

...What do you dislike most about your kitchen?

Layouts, space and inefficiency are often the top culprits for dissatisfaction. Most of these are not inexpensive "fixes," and we cover them in other areas of this site.

But here are ways to re-do - at low cost! - aspects of your kitchen you may want to change:

CABINETS

COUNTERTOPS

FLOORS

  • Want new, good-looking cheap floors? PLUS - how to pretty up the flooring you've got.

LIGHTING

Makeovers with even a moderate size budget often include cutting some corners. For even more options, check out Room Makeover Ideas from Frugal Interior Design.com.

Use some of these ways to save, and have more to spend on the goodies you want the most, like high-end appliances!

Most of the cheap kitchen remodeling ideas in this section aren't difficult to do yourself - another terrific way to cut costs!

In fact, be sure to check out Kitchen Wall Colors - where a fresh coat of new paint color might spice up your kitchen.

ALSO see the DIY Kitchen Remodeling section - for lots more ways to save!

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Kitchen Makeovers you can do in a weekend!

Add more storage with roll-outs! Under the sink base is an area you can use to store pots and pans.

Paint the ceiling a new color!

Buy fresh new rugs, dish towels and oven mitts.

Tile your backsplash.

Hang a pot rack.

Change out your cabinet hardware.

Paint the walls - or just one as an accent wall.

Hang a new utensil rack near the stove.

Install a wood countertop on the island.

Change out light fixtures.

Replace short wall cabinets with new, taller ones - they're cheaper than base cabs and using a different color can look great!

Decorate your soffits with framed vintage dishtowels or your kids' artwork.


Have a question about YOUR kitchen?

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Thinking of remodeling?

Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.

Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.

Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.