Check out these inspiring kitchen remodeling projects for ideas on where to splurge -- and where to save money.
New windows illuminate this contemporary kitchen. Streamlined stock cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances and hardware add a modern edge to the traditional farmhouse sink and wide-plank wood flooring. The white walls, paint, and carrara marble countertops reflect the natural light.
Total cost (excluding labor): $14,145
White-painted cabinetry and a checkerboard floor are the mainframe of this retro kitchen. A deep white sink with a vintage-style faucet is a practical and aesthetic addition. Details such as the cabinetry's arched feet and crown molding give a built-in, furniturelike look.
Total cost (excluding labor): $14,795.
A cabinetry facelift -- complete with crown molding, white paint, and new hardware -- was the first step in completing this cottage kitchen makeover. Energy-efficient appliances and fixtures update the room, and stone-look laminate countertops add a high-end feel.
Total cost (excluding labor): $11,024.
Refinished hardwood floors and new maple cabinetry gave this outdated kitchen new life. Washable linen curtains on the lower cabinets provide easy access to pots and pans for a fraction of the price of cabinet doors. Flooring tiles, leftover from another project in the home, cover the countertops and exhaust hood.
Total cost (excluding labor): $10,120
Kitchen cabinets purchased at flea markets, garage sales, and home improvement stores get a cohesive look when painted a single color and topped with crown molding. Oak parquet flooring, a decorative tile backsplash, and tile countertops add warmth and color. New kitchen appliances round out the complete overhaul.
Total cost (excluding labor): $11,313
Fresh paint revives the 75-year-old glass-front cabinets next to the sink. New, lower cabinets, a baker's table, and a central island were added. A $20 sheet of beaded-board plywood gives the island an authentic cottage look. Refinishing the hardwood flooring left room in the budget for a new suite of appliances.
Total cost (excluding labor): $11,320
Ready-to-assemble cabinetry provided considerable savings. Secondhand finds such as the sink, window, stained glass, and commercial range also kept costs low. Discovering hardwood floors beneath linoleum was a budget-friendly surprise that allowed for marble countertops and a wet bar.
Total cost (excluding labor): $11,905
Thick cast-concrete countertops inject contemporary drama into the natural mix of materials. With a little elbow grease, the homeowners were able to completely renovate this kitchen by using ready-to-assemble stock cabinets, tiling the backsplash in neutral blue-gray tile, updating the pendant fixtures, and installing the professional-style appliances.
Total cost (excluding labor): $12,420
Updating existing cabinets with paint, hardware, and storage upgrades saved thousands of dollars in this 1920s kitchen. To unify the mismatched details, the ceiling beams, window trim, and baseboards were painted the same color as the cabinets. To splurge on a pro-style range and high-end stainless-steel dishwasher and refrigerator, costs were cut in kitchen surfaces including the countertop, flooring, and lighting.
Total cost (excluding labor): $12,685
Keeping the existing cabinets and hardware intact allowed for a big splurge on new appliances. A top-of-the-line range, dishwasher, and refrigerator were all a high priority, as were the honed-granite countertops. The island houses the cooktop, but also serves as a gathering area with barstools that tuck nicely under an overhang.
Total cost (excluding labor): $14,088