5 Tips for Remodeling a Kitchen on a Budget

by | Jan 24, 2020

Remodeling your kitchen can be quite exciting. Personalizing the style and adjusting the functionality to fit your needs can make being in your kitchen much more enjoyable. 

The idea that choosing your favorite new appliances or the finish and color of your cabinets can really set the tone for a custom space that you love for years to come. 

That being said, kitchen remodels, because of all the variable costs that can go into creating your beautifully functional space, it tends to be one of the more expensive renovations to see through. 

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen on a moderate budget, it’s still possible. While it can take a bit more time, energy and elbow grease from you, you can still get the end result of your dreams while saving money in the process. 

Before we go into some helpful ways you can save money on your kitchen renovation, let’s first start basic steps that should be considered. 

3 Important Steps to Take Before Remodeling Your Kitchen


1. Set a Budget

Setting a realistic budget before your project begins is critical to staying on track with your finances. It also ensures that you have a ballpark figure of what you’re willing to spend on the project. A budget will help keep you in check at the times you need it most, like when you pick out the finish of your cabinets or choose your upgraded appliances.  

2. Do Your Research

Before starting your budget kitchen remodeling project, do your research. Make a list of all the things you really want and research your options so you have a good understanding of what the end result will look like. The more planning and research you do ahead of time, the easier the process will be. 

3. Decide What to Keep 

Not everything in your current kitchen has to go. When you’re trying to remodel your kitchen on a tight budget, you need to pick the areas that would get you the most bang for your buck and perhaps repurpose or refinish other areas at a much lower cost. If the cabinets are good quality and are in great shape, but have an outdated or wrong color for your style, get them refinished at a much cheaper cost than getting brand new cabinets. Carefully think about your appliances and decide which ones can be kept for a few more years and which ones need upgrading now. 

Whatever you decide, it’s a good idea to make an inventory list of the items in your kitchen that you plan on reusing in the remodel. By doing this, you’ll save a lot of money on your project and be able to focus on the things that will make a big difference in your kitchen remodel.

Now that the basics are taken care of, let’s look at ways to stay on budget. 

Here Are 5 Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget


 1. Shop Ikea for Cabinets

Ikea provides great options for entire kitchen renovations on a tight budget. They’re known for their affordable prices. There are plenty of style options and finishes to choose from, so you are not limited on your options just because you are on a budget. 

With their mix and match options, they make it easy for you to choose your perfect kitchen at a price you can afford. 

Ikea kitchen cabinets are a good quality for the price and they cost between $899-$2,999 for a 10×10 kitchen, according the bunker.com

However, keep in mind, the price is for materials, so you’ll have to account for the cost of labor to install the cabinets for your new kitchen. 

If you are handy or have a handy friend that can install the kitchen cabinets for you, you can save thousands of dollars in labor costs. 

Every area that you can reduce costs will help you reduce your overall bottom line and stay within your budget. 

 2. DIY Projects

Most often when you think of kitchen renovations, you think of how expensive they can be. That’s usually due to increasing labor costs, since kitchen remodeling requires a certain set of skills and time to install correctly. 

But, if you are trying to remodel your kitchen a small budget, it’s time to rethink your remodel project by incorporating some creativity. While many components should be completed by a professional, there are definitely areas that can be DIYed.  

DIY efforts can make your space more customized while saving you a lot of money overall. 

Some DIY projects that you may want to consider: installing under-cabinet lighting, installing the backsplash, painting the walls, installing the hardware for drawer pulls and cabinet doors, and any demo work that needs to take place. 

These are just some of DIY projects that you can take on that will save money on your kitchen remodel. Enlist friends and family to help out and have some fun with it. Creativity and a little elbow grease can go a really long way with saving money on renovation projects. 

 3. Shop Scratch/Dent Stores

These stores can be treasure holders. You can often find amazing bargains on appliances in excellent condition with no dents or scratches at all. This is because even if an item was taken out of its original box, if returned, it immediately has to be sent to Scratch and Dent stores and not back to the retail stores. Because of that reason, most of the items can be in perfect condition. 

You’ll be able to get hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars off the original price tag without having to sacrifice more than a box or having a small dent that most people can’t even see.  

It’s a great way to save on something that one day will be scratched anyway. If you’re not too picky with having the item in its original box or having a small unnoticeable-to-the-naked-eye dent (which would have probably happened a year or two into using it anyway), you can save upwards of 75%. 

My brother purchase a 3-door stainless steel oversized refrigerator from our local Scratch & Dent store in Los Angeles and while the original price was over $3,000, he only paid about $800. 

It’s an excellent way to stay on budget while still upgrading your appliances. It pays to shop in non-traditional stores to get the most savings, literally. 

 4. Shop Outlets & Second-Hand Stores

Outlet stores are another great option for buying appliances or materials at a heavily discounted price. 

Most department stores that have home appliances usually have an outlet counterpart that houses older models or discontinued models. These models tend to be priced well below 50% of the original retail price. 

Being open to shopping more than one location and comparing prices will help you find the best deal on the appliances you have on your wishlist. 

If you don’t mind purchasing appliances that are gently used, sometimes you can find great deals at second-hand stores like the Salvation Army or Goodwill. 

With some people constantly upgrading to newer appliances due to style change, updated features, and such, it’s easy to find appliances that were given away while there’s still years of life left and they’re fully functional. 

 5. Rethink Your Materials

Remodeling your kitchen on a budget takes thinking outside of the box, and sometimes going the non-traditional route with materials and finishes. 

There are great synthetic, man-made options for countertops that would help reduce your overall cost.  Instead of natural stone, which is usually expensive and takes a lot of time and money to maintain and care for, consider other stone options or another material altogether. 

You can also do the same with flooring, backsplash, and other materials in your kitchen that will help keep you on budget while still providing great, sturdy options that will last for several years and can stand up to wear and tear. 

Corian or Quartz countertops have recently become widely popular and are generally more affordable than granite (the more traditional option). Other options are engineered stone, wood, stainless steel, or sealed concrete. 

Thinking outside the box can save money, but can also provide a unique style for your kitchen and be a conversation starter as well.  

The great thing is that kitchen remodels don’t have to be extravagantly expensive. Remodels can be done on a small budget if you plan ahead, looks at more affordable options, get creative and shop around. The possibilities are limitless and with a bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can get the kitchen of your dreams without breaking the bank in the process. 

Happy remodeling!

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