NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Kitchen renovation projects tend to have a way to break the bank – or at least cost more expected.
Budgets for major kitchen overhauls can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars – not to mention the hassle of having arguably the most used area of your home under construction for a few weeks, if not months, once you factor in the unexpected but common renovation hiccups.
During the economic recovery that’s showing modest signs of life, it’s especially important to re-evaluate your renovation goals and budget. To give your kitchen a more updated look without having to hire a contractor and spend thousands in construction costs, we polled the design pros themselves to share ten do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your kitchen.
1. Cabinet lighting
Lights under a cabinet make for a classy illumination of countertops. “The simplest way to install under-cabinet lighting is to visit your home improvement store and buy some readily available light fixtures – enough fixtures to place one in each of your major task areas within your kitchen,” says Jill Valeri, president of The Welcome Home: Interior Design Solutions.
Additionally, Valeri mentions these pointers when it comes to installing the lights:
- Typically fixtures are installed with screws directly to the underside of your cabinets and can plug in to your standard wall outlet.
- You can secure excess wire to the underside of the cabinet as well by using a staple gun, making sure you do not pierce the wire.
- You can also hard-wire the fixtures to a switch,but that is best left to professionals.
2. Cabinet knobs
Instead of spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars by resurfacing or replacing your kitchen cabinets, a cheaper alternative is replacing the knobs and pulls on each cabinet.
“Knobs and pulls are the jewelry of the kitchen,” Valeri says. She shares these tips to make the replacement process easier: