Kitchen renovations can be some of the most expensive renovations you can do. Replacing counters, cabinets, and appliances ramps up costs very quickly so that even the simple projects can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars. But kitchen renovations are also great for selling a home as buyers love great kitchens, quality appliances, and stylish decor. If you’re wanting to do some home renovations but you’re a little tight on cash, these money-saving tips could help you get the renovation you want, just for a lot less cash.

1. Paint Instead of Replace

This can apply to almost every aspect of your kitchen. Putting on a fresh coat of paint in your kitchen will update the look, give it a newer feel, and possibly cover up some previous damage. You can repaint walls, backsplashes, and even appliances to help them look newer, which can also help increase the value of your home. There are even stainless steel mats that stick onto old appliances, giving them a quick update to the look people want.

2. Sand and Stain

Kitchen cabinets can cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace. They are easily one of your home’s most expensive elements, but they also help sell homes. There are a number of things you can do to improve the look of your cabinets, but the best thing is still to sand them down and give them a fresh stain or painting. The work is fairly awkward and labour-intensive, but doing this can make your old kitchen cabinets look brand new in just a few days of work. This is especially a good idea if you have real wooden cabinets, since they will respond best to stain. Otherwise, fresh paint can help as well.

3. Find Affordable Countertops

When it comes to countertops, everyone would love to have beautiful marble or granite, but that’s simply too expensive in many instances. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives that can offer a similar look and functionality but at a far more affordable price. Tiles can offer durability and style for less than marble or granite, and many affordable laminates are both functional and fashionable. You can get a great look for much less if you’re willing to go with a less expensive product.

Kitchens can be very expensive to upgrade, but that doesn’t mean you can’t renovate on a limited budget. With the right skills and eye, you can update your kitchen with little more than a sander and a paint brush, improving your home’s look and potentially increasing its value.

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Listing information last updated on March 31st, 2023 at 1:17am CDT.