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Renovating your kitchen on a budget

Updated Friday, October 25, 2013
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 Renovating your kitchen on a budget.



Applying paint to old, dated laminate cabinets is an easy way to update your kitchen without breaking the bank. As long as the laminate surface is in good condition, and is well-adhered, it can be repainted. This process used to be a lot more complicated with sanding, priming and painting but there are great new products that are inexpensive.


You can use a similar product for your counter tops. This is a kit that includes everything that you need.

Finish your kitchen renovation with a new set of taps and new hardware. One of the least expensive ways to buy hardware is in large packs instead of individual.

If refinishing is not enough you have lots of inexpensive options for replacing your kitchen cabinets. If you can do the work yourself you can do your kitchen without spending a lot.

Check online for websites that allow you to design your kitchen space yourself. Call around to stores in your area as many companies will give you a free design and quote.

The big box hardware stores often have truckload cabinet sales, this is a great way pick up inexpensive cabinets to install. 

If you are really adventurous check out IKEA when they have their yearly kitchen sale. I find that the quality is decent for the price and their drawers and cupboards have silent close hardware. They have a great website to help you design the kitchen of your dreams. IKEA is one of the least expensive places to buy counter top and hardware too. If you aren’t handy or don’t have the time you can still buy IKEA and have a local contractor install them. 

One of the most important aspects of any home renovation is return on investment. Kitchens do have one of the highest ROI but you still need to consider future resale value. It might not make sense to do a $50,000 kitchen renovation in a $100,000 home.

 If you are planning a renovation you can ask your Realtor for advice and we can help you determine which is the best option for your home and neighbourhood.  The advice is free and always available whether or not you are planning to sell.

I would love to hear your comments or kitchen renovation stories (good and bad) Please comment below. 

Julie Jenkins, Sales Representative

EXIT Realty Twin Bridges Brokerage

Direct: 519-328-4963


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