Renovating a kitchen can be a hefty task. Many homeowners are looking for ways to update their kitchen on their own without breaking the bank. Here are the most popular ways that you can update your kitchen on your own without having to bring in an expensive contractor.
Install countertops that are made of materials that are not granite. Granite is no longer the only classy option for countertops. There are countless other materials that you can use to create a custom kitchen that are more affordable. Among the many options out there is stainless steel, wood, cork, laminate, quartz, and even concrete. Some homeowners are even using materials for their floor as a countertop.
Instead of completely replacing the storage cabinets and cupboards in your kitchen, consider removing just the doors and painting them or resurfacing them and replacing the hardware. This will give them a new look without having to have a professional come in and completely demo and rebuild your cabinets.
If you do not want to have painted cabinets, you can also remove the doors and replace them with new ones. This is a great DIY option for kitchen renovations because you can install the doors easily on your own and it will give the room a whole new look. Popular styles right now doors with glass on them so that you can see into the cabinet.
Add a kitchen island to you kitchen for extra counter space. You can build your own island, which is a great conversation piece, or buy one for relatively cheap and paint it to match the décor of your kitchen.
Install a new sink. This seems like an obvious choice for a kitchen renovation, but for the DIY person this can actually be something that is fairly easy to install on their own, and it completely changes the appearance and theme of the room. If you do not want to change out the entire sink, you can also consider just replacing the faucet and knobs for an updated look.
Do your own backsplash. It is surprisingly easy to learn to lay tile and grout them. A custom backsplash immediately elevates the look of the room.
Change out your light fixtures. Remove the standard track lighting and opt into some more modern fixtures.
Update your walls. Remove dated wallpaper or paint over old paint to give the room a fresh look.
If you are an especially accomplished DIY-er, look into replacing the flooring of your kitchen. If you have laminate or vinyl flooring it can be pretty easy to pull up and you can replace the cheap flooring with a nicer tile floor, or you can even find affordable quality cork or replacement vinyl that will still give the room a fresh look.
You can add additional lighting to your kitchen in the form of under cabinet lights. You do not even need to have electrical wiring experience, you can purchase affordable battery operated lights to the underside of your cabinets.