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One of the areas that are important to homeowners is the kitchen. The first two things that most notice is the cabinets and countertops. Replacing these items can be the costliest items in your kitchen remodeling project. Here are some tips on how you can

There are many ways to save money when remodeling or updating a kitchen. The cost of remodeling your kitchen can be rather costly if you do not know how to cut the costs, or spend your money wisely such as investing in items that appear to be costly, but yet are money savers in the long run. As with any project or purchase, you truly need to consider the pros and cons, the effects that you want, as well as the durability of your materials. For instance, you may decide to pay less for a flooring product that looks nice, but you may end up having to replace it in five years.

 One of the areas that are important to homeowners is the kitchen. The first two things that most notice is the cabinets and countertops. Replacing these items can be the costliest items in your kitchen remodeling project. Here are some tips on how you can save some dollars when remodeling your kitchen. 

Kitchen Cabinets 

Keep the current cabinets and repaint them. Another option is to do cabinet refacing. Refacing can be more expensive than painting, and replacing the cabinets completely. If the cabinets have to go, or you are not comfortable with painting them, there are other options. 

  • Recycle your kitchen cabinets 

You can recycle your cabinets in numerous ways. Keep the current cabinets and use them in the basement, laundry room, or even the garage for storage. You can also take the cabinet which you are considering throwing out due to damage, and use it as a way to experiment with repainting them. Simply purchase small sizes of the needed supplies and have fun since you have nothing to lose, because your are going to throw this cabinet away anyway. Another option is to sell them for a cheap price, or donate them to someone that needs them, to an organization such as Goodwill, or even to your local used furniture store or thrift shop.


The trend these days is that everybody wants either granite or marble countertops which are expensive. There is a downside to both granite and marble. For one thing, marble has a tendency to stain and scratch easily. Granite is burn, chip and stain resistant. However it is a porous stone, therefore it does need to be sealed properly before installation, and periodically. 

  • If you cannot afford granite or marble granite countertops there are less expensive options. 

You can purchase laminate or acrylic countertops which look exactly like granite, and you have a wide selection as to colors. The same acrylic material can also be used as a backsplash in the same color or another color that is being used as an accent. This material is great for backsplashes because it is easy to keep clean and it is an inexpensive remodeling kitchen project. 


The wide range of flooring makes this task easy. Hardwoods and bamboo floors are becoming more popular, but they are around $2 a square foot, more expensive than laminate, linoleum or vinyl flooring which you can purchase with designs that look like wood, including the look of distressed wood, stone, marble, granite and brick. The choices here are endless.

 Each type of flooring has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, one of the major disadvantages to the linoleum flooring that comes with its own cushion backing is great when it comes to comfort. However, it does dent and tear easily. This does not mean to rule out linoleum flooring, but to do your research, and possibly check with your contractor as to their suggestions as to which flooring products to use or to avoid. Remember they have installed flooring, and have been exposed to complaints about the chosen flooring from their customers, or even the contractor has done some home remodeling and has also learned, the hard way, that the newest is not always the best. 


It is often thought that a coat of paint will work wonders for your kitchen walls. However, there is an idea that is rather inexpensive which can add a great look to your kitchen walls. Wood and brick is expensive. The brick or wood walls are attractive in the old Victorian style of homes, as well in those that are more modern. You can have a great look using brick, stone, marble, granite, or wood in a unique way. 

  • Whether you choose to cover an entire wall, or the lower half of a wall, linoleum with a brick, stone or even wood pattern can be glued to the drywall and then finished with molding of your choice.
  •  Another option is wood paneling that also has the look of wood, stone, marble or granite, along with the finishing touch of molding around the edges. 
  • If you choose to do a half-wall, such as the lower half, and then painting the top half, you will have a great looking kitchen wall, or even archway at a fraction of the cost as using genuine materials.
  •  Remember that linoleum, along with other flooring products come as planks such as linoleum planking. If you like the distressed wood look, it is possible to locate used wood, or you can purchase wood planks and distress them yourself as a DIY project, and use that for your kitchen wall.

With a little bit of searching, and cost comparisons, there are numerous ideas, and ways to save money when remodeling your kitchen.



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