Budget Kitchen Remodeling–Painting

by Jane VanOsdol on February 22, 2011

If your kitchen is boring you to tears lately, but you don’t have the funds to completely remodel it, don’t give up. You can make some major changes on a budget. Let’s consider a few ideas that won’t put a big dent in your wallet but will pack a punch as far as effect goes.


You can freshen up your kitchen and create a whole new feel to it with just a can of paint. Truly, paint is one of the least expensive ways to undertake a home improvement project. A gallon of paint costs anywhere from $10 to $30, and it covers roughly 350 sq. ft. depending upon the shape your walls are in. All told, this is a cheap update.

But don’t equate cheap with ineffective. Changing the color of your kitchen will change the feel of the whole room. And, you don’t have to reserve the paint for just your walls, either. You can extend the impact of this kitchen remodel by painting not only just your walls, but also possibly your cabinets and some furniture.

If your kitchen cabinets are solid wood, you can strip them and either stain them or paint them.  Painting the cabinets will so dramatically change their appearance, that most people will think you’ve purchased a new set of cabinets. Imagine the difference this will make in your kitchen. If your cabinets are a dark color, and you’ve always wanted them lighter and brighter, you can do this with paint. Depending on the prep work you do, it may take a coat of primer and two to three coats of paint to brighten them up.

Another kitchen remodeling project that won’t cost you a bundle is to change out your cabinet hardware. Choose some new cabinet handles or pulls to make the transformation of your cabinets complete. As with anything, you can find expensive hardware, but you’ll also find many inexpensive hardware options that are big on style. Menards.com has many choices in the $2 and under range, with their cheapest pull pricing at around 69¢. An Internet search will also turn up many other options for purchasing kitchen hardware.

A final kitchen home improvement you could try would be to spiff up some of your kitchen furniture or accessories with paint. Garage sale finds that you add a new coat of paint to can make a dramatic difference in your kitchen without breaking your budget. If you have informal, country-style wood chairs in your kitchen, consider painting just the legs in an accent color to brighten up the kitchen.

With a little ingenuity and a can of paint, you can change the whole look and feel of your kitchen at a price that will make you smile.

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