Blog created by interior decorator Peggy Clarke to help create homes that reflect the people who live there and how they (want to) live. Blending spirituality with the art of interior design, Clarke aims to help people who want to create harmonious spaces for balanced living.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Kitchen Renovation on the Cheap

People often ask me about how to cut corners on major renovation projects. As a general rule, I don't believe in cutting corners, but I do believe in saving money. The difference is in the connotation, but I think it's important. The most asked about room is the kitchen, so here are some tips about things you can do in your kitchen to update without spending a fortune.

The most expensive item to replace is your cabinets. To avoid ripping them out and spending tens of thousands of dollars for new ones, consider some of these options.

Take the doors off some or even all the cabinets and paint the boxes to give it a fresh clean look.

If you don't want to remove the doors, you can replace them, or cut out the centers and add fabric for a country cottage look.

Cabinet hardware can be easily and inexpensivly changed and it really adds character to the room. Consider something a little different.

Adding storage can also be simple. Try cutting a space between two studs out and adding a shelf. Or add hooks beneath a cabinet to hang mugs, or install a metal strip on a wall for your knives rather than using countertop space.

Backsplash can be easily replaced, but if you're looking to save money, consider stripping off whatever you have, and just painting the wall. It can give the room a clean fresh look for about $25.

If you're looking to replace appliances, here's a head's up: stainless steel is moving out and stark white is moving in. I'm not a huge fan, but it's my job to keep you in the loop!

If you have a question or want to share an idea, drop a note in the "comments" section!

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