Remodeling a kitchen can be an expensive undertaking with some projects costing upwards of $50,000. While not everyone has an unlimited budget, you can modernize your kitchen and add value to your home without spending a fortune. To save even more money, tackle these projects yourself. Here are 5 kitchen remodeling ideas that won’t break the bank.

Use Paint for Your Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Painting is one of the least expensive ways to transform a room. During your kitchen remodel, paint cabinets and walls to update the space.

Brighten dark wooden cabinets with a lighter shade like white or light gray. For a modern farmhouse look, keep some of the warmth from lower wood-stained cabinets and paint only the upper wall cabinets in a light white or cream shade. Alternatively, mix the wood with jewel tones like deep green and navy blue for depth and interest.

Sand and prepare the area before painting for a smooth finish and great results.

Update Your Cabinet Hardware

New cabinet hardware can improve a space and completely change the look. Black matte and polished gold hardware add contrast to almost any cabinet color. When installing new knobs and drawer pulls, don’t forget about the hinges. Remove the hinges and replace them with new, matching hinges.

Remove the Upper Cabinets

While paint can transform your cabinets, if they are old and beyond repair, you may not have the time or money to replace them. Fortunately, open shelving is very popular and looks great with most contemporary styles. There are plenty of options for open shelving like stained wood, metal, or rustic metal shelf brackets combined with reclaimed wood shelves.

Update the Lighting

New light fixtures are an easy way to make an immediate statement and there are endless options for any budget. Lighting also offers the opportunity to mix metals and textures. Pendant lights above an island look modern and provide bright lighting. Lighting fixtures can be metal with an industrial feel or clear glass with metal accents. Bamboo or woven textures add warmth and a casual atmosphere.

Kitchen Remodeling: Ideas for Backsplash Tile

Install a new kitchen backsplash tile to personalize your remodel. There are many materials available in varying textures and patterns. While white subway tile is classic, you might install the tiles in a straight stacked pattern for a modern look or a herringbone pattern for added texture and interest. Hand-painted tiles, reminiscent of European design, are popular and come in a variety of colors. Other options for creative backsplashes include glass tiles, metal ceiling tiles, repurposed pallet boards, or you could use flooring tiles.

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