Keeping the kitchen in good condition is going to cost you quite a bit of money. Of course this is all worth it when you’re owning your own home, and it’s going to keep both your quality of life and the value up, but what about when you’re renting or otherwise can’t afford to pay off the mortgage? You’ve got to start spending wisely to get those new pots and pans you’ve had your eye on for a while now. Below are a few tips on how to restock your kitchen on a budget, which doesn’t have to be hard, and to keep it in an excellent working condition.
A kitchen remodel costs at over $21,000 on average these days; we know that getting any serious work done is going to take some saving and scrimping. That doesn’t stop you from doing little things however, so here’s a few tips to help you make the kitchen feel a little more homely for you.
Shop for Cheap Online
Department stores are always fun to mess about in (just pretending to find Narnia in a wardrobe is a laugh), but they have a rather limited range of products on show, and you can never be sure you’ll find what you’re looking for. It’s a lot more productive to turn to the web for ideas and designs, and also to find a much, much wider range
However, even when it comes to having huge marketplaces at your disposal simply from the comfort of a sitting chair, you can still be hardpressed to find the best deals amongst the same products, as plenty of different retailers have them. If this is a problem for you, or if you just want this kind of home makeover shop made a little easier, use comparison websites like that of www.doingup.com. Cookware and the like are on the popular pages right now, so you’re guaranteed to find something to snag!
Paint Your Cabinets
If you’re sick of the same wood finish on your cabinets, or they’re looking a little old and tired of hanging on their hinges, spruce them up with a little paint! It can be in whatever color you think would work, whether it be light blue or dark red, and can really round off the look of the kitchen.
Having some white gloss to coat your kitchen cupboards gives you a chic appearance, and adds either a modern or vintage element depending on what you pair it with. You can grab some simple wood stalls for a improvised breakfast bar table, and paint them as well for a more retro look, and add simple wood panels acting as shelves to show off the jars you’d usually tuck away. It’s a timeless style, and looks fantastic in any house! On the other hand, grabbing some white vases and green plants to pop in adds a touch of the contemporary, and gives the room a lick of desperate color.
It’s a cheap solution that always works, which is why it’s one of the best to do. It won’t cost you much more than $50 to $100 to do these things, as all you’ll need is to grab some paints and brushes, and a couple of stools from your nearest charity or thrift store.
Hang Up Your Frying Pans
Having a pan rack to hang over the cooker or sink is always a personalised touch, and is entirely practical. You don’t have to dig through messy cupboards to find the wok you shoved to the back a few months ago, and you also know what you’re in possession of. You have a lot more room in the rest of your cupboards, as pan handles alone can take up an entire shelf, and it also makes the space look inviting and warm if you have a front door straight into the kitchen.
All you’ll need is a rack, and that’ll only be about $30 to $40 for one that suits your needs. Don’t go into sites that sell hand crafted racks or objects in this department, as any fittings they’ve added to a rack can be done by you in your spare time!
Make Some Space
A parallel kitchen is the number one solution for a bit more floor space, but as we know we can’t really afford that in our current position. You can’t move any walls out of the way without splashing out, so you’ll need to get a little more creative. When you have space, you can fit in a dining table and some open seating, which always looks and feels nice, and makes waiting for pasta to boil a lot more comfortable to do.
If you have a table or island that you can move, try to do away with it, or repurpose it for somewhere else in the house. Movable storage can always be better used elsewhere, as a kitchen is always a working space, and you’re going to need the movability for big meals and dinner parties (to show off your new space!).
If you can afford it, replace the doors of your cabinets with glass, as the mirrored and translucent effect works wonders for space comprehension. When you’ve completed all your mini renovations, you can throw down a little rug in front of the stove to make the place feel really cosy. You can get the glass doors for about $20 to $30 dollars online on sites like www.ebay.com, but if that’s not for you it won’t be much more to find some glass panes you can fit yourself.
Of course it’s your home, and you’re going to know best what you want to do with it. If you have a lot of space some things will work, and if you feel a little cramped, storage solutions are going to be the way forward. You’ll need to prioritise, and that sometimes means sacrificing those much loved colored bulbs for those bowls you really need to pick up.