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Two Easy and Cheap Kitchen Remodels

by Renee Morgan
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

The difference between expensive kitchen remodels and cheap kitchen remodels is knowing how to use what you already have whenever possible. Remember the old saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water"?

If you tear out your kitchen and start from scratch, you may spend a small fortune, when you could easily get the same look by re-vamping what's already there. Cabinets are likely to be the biggest budget item. If you save in this area, you can delegate the remaining budget to countertops, appliances, or flooring.

Big Yet Inexpensive Changes: Two Cheap Kitchen Remodels

  1. Enlarge the look of your kitchen by replacing solid-front cabinet doors with glass-front cabinet doors.
    Glass-front cabinet doors focus the eye 12 inches or more further away than a solid front cabinet door. This makes your kitchen appear larger. It also give you an opportunity to create an attractive vignette of dishes or keepsakes. You can find cabinet doors with glass at any home improvement store for about $25 each. If you are ambitious, you can cut and trim your existing cabinet doors yourself. Art glass from Bendheim is available in hundreds of styles and costs between 3 and 15 cents per square inch.
  2. Hire a kitchen cabinet resurfacing company to sand, stain or paint, repair, change hardware, and otherwise update the look of your kitchen cabinets.
    The difference in cost between buying new cabinets versus re-making what you have can be thousands of dollars. Resurfacing 12 cabinets usually runs between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on the finishes you choose. Cheap kitchen remodels don't have to mean do-it-yourself.

About the Author
Renee has been a loan officer for over eighteen years. She is also a freelance writer and guest expert for radio and TV.

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