In general, it is more expensive to replace everything in a room than it is to keep most of the materials and simply refresh them. Kitchen cabinetry is a great example of this. New kitchen cabinets can be extremely costly, especially if you need custom pieces made to fit your space. However, there are ways to give your existing cabinets a new lease on life that are both eco-friendly (since the old cabinets won’t end up in a landfill) and cost-effective.
Respray Before You Replace
Painting kitchen cabinets is a classic way to give them a fresh new look. The process of sanding, priming and painting can take some time, depending on how many cabinets you have. But it’s simple enough that anyone can do it and get good results. Although if you’re after that silky smooth look and feel, kitchen cabinets cannot be hand-painted.
Instead, you’ll need a special airgun and a professional painter with the right technique which comes with years of practice. The kitchen respraying team at Flamingo Kitchens in London is a prime example. Just take a look at this before and after shot of a kitchen transformation with a simple cabinet respray.
Antiquated thinking is on its way out. Good riddance! In the past, many appliances were sent to the landfill during the course of a kitchen remodel. Thankfully, municipalities have enacted restrictions against sending appliances directly to landfills. If you are moving appliances from one city to another then always hire long distance moving companies.
Now, information about fixing kitchen appliances is readily available. And there’s a thriving online service parts marketplace. This makes it possible for many homeowners to refurbish their own appliances, rather than paying for a professional or spending money on something new.
Maintain The Same Layout
One way to drive up the cost of a kitchen remodel is to dramatically change the layout. For instance, moving plumbing for the sink, dishwasher, or refrigerator entails hiring plumbers. They’ll have to punch holes in your walls to run new pipes, which means an added cost of materials in addition to the labor.
Updating the elements in your kitchen layout is a cost-effective way to change the look and feel of the space without having to do a complete renovation. You can keep your existing flooring, plumbing, and electrical, which will save you time and money. And by making small changes to the layout, you can create a whole new look for your kitchen.
Assemble and Install Your Own Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is whether to replace or refurbish your cabinets. If the cabinets are structurally sound, they can usually be refaced, re-stained, or painted. If not, you’ll probably need to replace them. A great low-cost option for modernizing your kitchen is to have your existing cabinets vinyl wrapped.
Vinyl wrapping your kitchen cabinets maintains the same design, but with a whole new look and feel of your choice. King Kitchens have many great examples of vinyl-wrapped kitchen cabinets. Vinyl wrapping is also available for bedrooms and bathrooms which are becoming a popular choice for homeowners. It’s budget-friendly, highly durable, offers a wide variety of choices, and is quick to complete.
Ready-to-assemble cabinets are a good option if you’re looking to save on labor costs. They can be a bit tricky to assemble, but as long as you take your time and measure carefully, you should be able to get a good fit. Keep in mind that if you have odd angles in your kitchen, it may be tough to find cabinets that fit perfectly.
RTA (Ready To Assemble) kitchen cabinets are a great option for anyone looking for an easy and affordable way to update their kitchen. You can find RTA cabinets online, at home centers, or at large home design warehouses like IKEA. RTA cabinets are sold flat-packed and come with an easy-to-use assembly system. If you’re looking to save money, time, and frustration, many RTA retailers offer pre-assembled RTA cabinets that are shipped directly to your home.
Start With the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home. The kitchen is not only the place where we prepare food but also the place where we can relax and enjoy our time with our families. Nowadays, many people are looking for advice on how to improve their kitchens. Doing so doesn’t need to be an expensive undertaking if you start in the right place.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.