Aug 3, 2011

Kitchen makeover for under $1000

Need to update your kitchen but can't afford a remodel?  If your cabinets are in good condition, try these 10 do-it-yourself steps to transform your space.The costs will vary based on the linear and square footage of your kitchen, and with regional price differences.

1) Remove cabinet doors. ($0)

2) Paint the cabinet boxes. ($150)

3) Apply self-adhesive paper or wallpaper to the inside backs of the upper cabinets that will remain open.($40)
OPTIONAL: Install 1/4" clear glass. ($60)

4) Remove inside panels on lower cabinets and install fabric panels. You can staple fabric over the top as well but be sure your edges are crisp. ($80)

5) Replace knobs or pulls with new. Use big box stores for good-looking, well-priced hardware. ($40)

6) Install a new faucet. ($80)

7) Sand and re-urethane wood flooring or paint over existing vinyl with a floor paint. (Rental of sander varies, materials $35)

8) Replace a small section of your counter, or the island or peninsula counter with butcher block or other wood. ($500)

9) For laminate or tile counters, you can lightly sand the surface and apply an oil-based primer and oil color coat - black makes a great statement. ($50).

10) Add a new back-splash using 12" square mosaic sheets, ready-made bead board that you cut to size, or  ($125)

If your appliances are older, a quick coat of appliance paint can make them look new. Have more to spend? Have stainless or wooden panels made for the dishwasher and refrigerator.