Cabinets end up taking up to one-third of renovation budgets on average. They are a high impact element of design and have the potential to really anchor the space. Though replacing all of your cabinetry can deliver a large return on investment, doing so can be extremely expensive. There are other ways to revamp cabinets whether that`s by adding lighting, new hardware or a fresh coat of paint. From refacing to replacing we`ve collected different kitchen cabinet ideas for budget-friendly ways to breath life into old cabinetry to more modern styles.
Substitute hard wood flooring with high-end laminate wood varieties. Hardwood is expensive and has high maintenance. High-end laminate flooring looks just like real hardwood, and comes in hundreds of choices. It also can get wet, and doesn`t scratch like hardwood flooring. Substitute granite sinks for deep bowl- under mounted stainless steel sinks. Sinks can be expensive, especially when using granite, or other solid surface material. Use a deeper bowl, two or three compartment stainless steel sink. This will keep the sleekness you desire, without the high price tag.
OPEN SHELVING: Don`t forget to use open shelves over the counter to maximize on storage and display at the same time. Consider storing dishware, and decorative pieces on open shelves. Pots and pans can hang from pot racks to add storage and ease in cooking over the stove. Storage isn`t always about hiding items. Some of the best storage ideas are one`s that serve a function and look beautiful doing it.
Butcher block offers a look that is elegant yet casual and environmentally friendly. Her soft surfaces mean that some maintenance is required, but nothing that will take up any significant amount of time. Cutting should be left to be done on cutting boards. A nice butcher block surface should be sealed and oiled about once a month. Cleanup is easy, requiring simply mild dish detergent and a light cloth or sponge. The only potential negative is that the surface, if not well maintained can dry or crack and excess water should always be wiped off. There are many kinds of woods with varying thicknesses available. Butcher block is another well priced option.
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