Renovating Your Kitchen on Budget?

Updating any room in your home can be a pricey adventure, but the kitchen is especially difficult to do inexpensively. Finding ways to purchase appliances for less or saving on labor costs can add up to big savings. This is a page about renovating your kitchen on a budget.

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September 3, 2007

I have white cabinets with peach hardware, peach wallpaper, white trim, peach laminate counter tops and dark brick colored linoleum floor tile. We are thinking about replacing our counter tops from laminate to granite. What stone color would go with the peach wall paper?

In terms of resale, we would like to keep it neutral. Is it a good idea to update the kitchen only for reasons of resale? Any advice would help.


September 4, 20070 found this helpful
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Were u planning to change the floor as well? If not, I would change the peach hardware on the cupboards to something like pewter or brushed nickel, remove the wallpaper border, paint the walls white with a pinkish undertone(it is white, but has just a little pink in it) On the counter tops, go for pink/gray granite so that the floors would blend. Not all neutral, but neutralized.

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Has anyone else had trouble with KitchenAid appliances? I bought my house brand new just a few years ago, and now I have a kitchen full of KitchenAid appliances that are all falling apart. I'm just wondering what's up with this company. I can't afford to rehab my kitchen as much as I would love to, but I need to start purchasing new appliances as I'm able. I would like to know if there are any reliable companies left out there.

By Laure Sullivan from North East, MD


September 16, 20100 found this helpful
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Three appliances:

* My oven/stove top, the enamel edging around the stove top started chipping off after only a year or so, and rusted.
* My dishwasher door, the mechanism that keeps it from crashing to the floor when opened broke after just about a year or so.
* And my built-in microwave w/hood - after about 5 years the handle spontaneously broke and the door spontaneously cracked (a huge crack right in the middle on the bottom of the door). And now the microwave has completely stopped working, it makes a loud humming sound and the digital display still works, but it does not heat my food.

They just don't seem to make things like they used to. I never had to replace any appliances in my previous home and they were already older when I bought the house and they continued to work just fine for the 11 years that I lived there.

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September 16, 20100 found this helpful
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Whirlpool now owns Kitchenaid and the quality isn't there. GE is one of the most reliable, has been in business 20+ years.

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March 18, 2012

I need to update my white ceramic counter tops. What can I do short of replacing them?

By Sharlie


March 19, 20120 found this helpful
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Are you good at painting? You could search online for durable paint and sealers that would be appropriate for a kitchen counter, and paint some of or all of them, of just paint a few with a nice design or pattern.

I have seen the decals that can be applied to the tiles, but if you can paint, that would save some money.

You could try maybe just regrouting with a different grout color too.
Best of luck to you!

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