05 September 2008

Ktchen renovations are the most expensive home improvement projects, but it's possible to give a tired kitchen new life without breaking the bank. But wait! You can do something easy that can make a big change to your beloved kitchen. You can follow this few guide to simple and affordable upgrades.

CABINETS
  1. Change hardware
    Replacing knobs, pulls, and hinges costs as little as a few dollars per door.
  2. Paint
    A coat of paint can brighten up old cabinets and cheer up the whole room. And for the metal cabinets, you can sent itto an autobody shop for durable refinishing. It about $30 to $80 per linear foot for pro painting job.
  3. Reface
    Refacing can make cabinets look brand new. First, doors and drawer fronts are removed and all exterior surfaces are covered with a veneer of prefinished wood in whatever species and finish you prefer. Then new doors and drawer fronts are made to match. Make sure to hire a reputable company, and only after you've seen examples of its work. It abour approximately $125 to $325 per linear foot.
  4. Change doors
    Decorative filler panel options include glass (clear, etched, tinted, patterned, stained) and metal (stainless steel or punched or patterned tin). Simply use a router to cut away the existing panel and rout a lip on the back of the door to hold the new panel. It’s about $100 to $250 per door for replacement panels typically cost from.
  5. Add moldings
    Wood moldings and trim add character to plain cabinet fronts. If your old cabinets don't go to the ceiling, adding a crown molding or soffit around the top will make a room look more elegant. Cost: about $15 per linear foot.
  6. Upgrade interiors
    Slide-out shelves, tilt-trays, lazy Susans, drawer dividers, and full-extension drawer glides can be retrofitted to your old boxes. Cost: $1,000 to $2,500 for a full kitchen.
APPLIANCES
  1. Reface
    Some refrigerators and dishwashers are designed with frames to hold face panels. Replacement panels cost from $100 to $800, depending on the size of the appliance and the material. Even if the appliance doesn't have a frame, panel kitscan be custom-ordered for just about any make and model of appliance, in a variety of materials. Cost: $150 to $1,000 per appliance.
  2. Paint
    If you have a high-end appliance or an antique that's lost its luster, metal surfaces can be painted by an appliance refinisher or an autobody shop for about $100 (for an oven door or dishwasher panel) to $300 (for a whole fridge). Porcelain stoves can be reporcelainized by an appliance or bathtub refinisher for about $100 for a single oven door and roughly $1,200 for an entire range.
FLOORS
  1. Resurface
    Refinish an existing wood floor and stain it a different color or add stenciled borders ($550 to $700 for refinishing a 200-square-foot kitchen. Stone flooring can be professionally polished to bring back its original luster.
  2. Cover
    If the floor is round and flat, you may be able to cover linoleum or wood with a coat of flooring primer and paint, or a layer of stick-down vinyl tiles or sheet flooring. Cost: about $200 for paint, $500 for vinyl.
COUNTERTOPS
  1. Resurface
    Stripping an old laminate countertop off the plywood deck is fairly simple. Installing new laminate costs about $30 to $40 per linear foot. Ceramic tiles can also be installed over existing plywood. And if your solid surface or stone countertop is showing its age, the surface can be professionally polished to remove the marks.
  2. Add moldings
    Add molding around the front edge to dress up a laminate countertop, for about $5 per linear foot.
  3. Replace just a section
    If you don't want to rip out the whole countertop, consider recessing a different material, such as a chopping block, into part of an existing counter.
  4. Add a backsplash
    If you're not replacing countertops, you can change the backsplash. You can use laminates, ceramic or glass tile, beadboard, even metal ceiling squares.

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