How much did you budget for the dreamy kitchen remodel you’re planning in 2020?
You could spend between $12,912 – $35,548. Do those figures surprise you?
Want another surprise? It’s possible to spend less and still get the kitchen of your dreams!
Before you tear out your old cupboards and drawers, read our 5 tips on how to save on the cost of kitchen cabinets.
- Consider DIY Demo
If you’ve decided to install new cabinetry, you’ll need to remove the old cabinets and drawers. Hiring a contractor to install new cabinets usually includes a charge for demolition.
You know you’ve watched those house flipping shows and wished you could join in the fun when they demo the kitchen. Now you can, and all it takes is patience and care not to knock down a load-bearing wall.
You may save between $300-$500 by handing the demolition yourself. Remember you’ll also pay to dispose of your old cabinetry.
- Give Your Cabinets a Fresh Coat of Paint
Yes, you can strip and paint your cabinets, but why would you?
Hiring a professional to repaint is an inexpensive way to refresh cabinets if they’re in good condition. Most professionals will remove the doors and hardware first. They’ll paint the cabinet frames there and paint everything else in their shop.
You’ll get beautifully finished cabinets without the mess.
- Doors and Drawers
If your cabinets still have good bones, consider cabinet refacing. What are good bones?
If your cabinets have a solid structure made of plywood or MDF, they have good bones. The doors and drawers don’t get hung up every time you try to open and close them. Also, they have solid wood frames and side panels.
Refacing replaces the drawer faces and doors while preserving the bones. You’ll not only save money, but you’re also the only one who needs to know you didn’t install brand-new cabinets.
- Think You Can’t Afford Custom Cabinets?
When you’re on a budget it’s easy to assume you can’t afford custom cabinetry.
Because they’re fully custom, you may have a range of options that can bring the price in line with your budget and with what the big box stores charge.
Before you order prefabricated cabinets, contact a custom cabinet shop. They’ll come out and go over your options and give you a quote.
They can also implement our next tip: open shelving.
- The Cost Savings of Open Shelving
Choosing an open shelving plan can save money too. It also offers flexibility.
Open shelving is an excellent interim option if you want closed cabinets someday, but not this day. Install this less expensive option now and upgrade later when you can afford it.
And one bonus tip:
- Consider DIY Cabinets
RTA Cabinets are another great way to save a bunch. If you are up for a weekend of assembling cabinets yourself, it will be worth it. Call some friends, order some pizza, and have some fun putting your cabinets together.
And do not be fooled, RTA (Ready To Assemble) cabinets have come a long way. Their quality can be as good as custom, for a lot less.
Ready to Save on the Cost of Kitchen Cabinets?
We hope we’ve inspired your imagination and given you some good options for your remodel project. Which solution is your favorite for saving on the cost of kitchen cabinets?
For more helpful ideas on home renovation projects, continue browsing our blog. Good luck with your project!