A Frugal Grandma’s Guide to the Kitchen of Her Dreams – Guest Post

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It is a well-known fact that kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms to renovate in the home. However, it is possible for a mom, or even a grandma, to update her kitchen while adhering to a budget. The below suggestions will reveal some great ideas for a frugal kitchen update:

Paint

A new coat of paint on the kitchen walls and cabinets will rejuvenate a drab kitchen. Choosing a color that adds light to your kitchen is a great way to change the looks of your kitchen without a big investment. To paint cabinets, simply remove cabinet doors and carefully paint them. After they have thoroughly dried, reinstall the cabinets. The effect this will have on your kitchen’s appearance is remarkable. By repainting them, you can update old cabinets for far less than replacing them.

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Change Cabinet hardware

Another easy way to frugally update your kitchen is changing your cabinet hardware. There are two ways to go about this project. Either buy new cabinet hardware or repaint the old. If you are unhappy with the style of the hardware, replacing them is probably best. However, if you like the hardware but just would like an updated look, consider spray-painting them. An easy way to paint hardware is spray-painting them outdoors. Once dried, reinstall the hardware on your kitchen cabinets.

Update lighting

Another easy change to make in your kitchen is updating the light fixtures. When you update a light fixture, consider switching to the more environmentally friendly L.E.D. lights. Even though the cost will be slightly more up front, your long-term savings in energy costs will more than make up the difference. There are also under the cabinet L.E.D. lights now available that create a great effect in the kitchen.

Change the backsplash

If your kitchen has a worn or outdated backsplash, consider replacing it. If your kitchen is without a backsplash, adding one will really make a difference in your kitchen’s appearance. Thankfully, there are many inexpensive options when it comes to backsplashes. Some backsplashes come in panels made to resemble stone, rock or bricks. There are also many surplus stores that sell discontinued tile, and this is another great option for a new backsplash.

Updating appliances

You may assume that replacing appliances cannot possibly be a frugal move. However, when you replace appliances that draw a large amount of water and electricity with newer more economically friendly ones, you will see a savings in the long-term. An on-demand water heater is a great example of this principle. It may take an initial investment to purchase, but having an on-demand water heater will reduce your home’s energy costs and result in a great deal of monetary savings and possible energy efficiency tax credits.

The above suggestions are great ideas to implement while frugally updating a kitchen. Each of these improvements are worth considering on their own, but if combined, a brand new kitchen can be created for your family to enjoy for years to come. In addition, most of them are easy projects that anyone can accomplish without the need to hire a contractor.

About The Author

Tina Jacobs is a registered nurse and DIY home improvement maven who has written and blogged for DIY Mother as well as numerous print and online publications ranging in topics from education to health and from home renovations to interior decorating.

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