3 Tips for a High-Style, Low-Cost Kitchen Renovation

Dated: March 25 2021

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The kitchen is the heart and hub of the home and you want it to be as functional, welcoming, and stylish as possible—without spending a whole lot of money. Heed these three tips to renovate your kitchen on a budget.

Choose plain cabinets and enhance them with fancy hardware

You don’t have to spend money on cabinets that have lots of detail to have a kitchen with style. You can get the look you’re going for, for less, using cabinets with a simple design that are dressed-up using fancy hardware. Consider the classic appearance of Shaker-style cabinets, which have a simple recessed middle panel, to achieve a timeless look that’s also economical.

Focus more on investing in super high-quality cabinet knobs, pulls, and faucet hardware. Dark hardware, like oil-rubbed bronze or matte black, are instant classics.

When choosing finishes don’t be afraid to mix metals. Fixture and hardware finishes that aren’t matchy-matchy have become increasingly popular, and the look has staying-power. Be careful not to go too far with the number of finishes you use, though—every fixture shouldn’t look different. Choose a main finish, then one or two complementary ones.

Opt for a “leathered” granite countertop

A polished granite countertop has a shiny surface and is typical in newly-built homes. For a more textured and customized look choose a granite that has a leather finish.   

Leathered countertops aren’t as reflective as polished ones, although they still have a bit of a sheen. A leathered finish starts with a countertop surface that’s been honed. Then, diamond-tipped brushes with different levels of grit are run across the surface to create a texture that’s similar to subtle dimples.

Use large subway tiles

You can’t go wrong with using subway tiles in your kitchen design. Even if they’re made of material that’s on the cheaper end of the spectrum, subway tiles can elevate the look of your backsplash and kitchen. You can further your savings by using oversized tiles—they cover more surface area, so you need less of them. Over the years the tile, which is typically laid in a brick pattern, has become a classic design that’s popular now, more than ever.

And in case you were wondering how “subway” tile got its name, you’ll have to go back to 1904 when New York City subway platform walls were first covered in white 3×6-inch rectangular ceramic tiles.  

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Chip Boyer

Chip is the IT Manager for Alex MacWilliam Real Estate. He handles the technology needs of the company as well as helping agents in their day to day problem solving.....

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