Kitchen Upgrades for Under $1,000

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You're ready to renovate, but can you accomplish much with $1,000? We think you can. Better still -- many low-end projects will help hike your home's resale value. The key is to spend your limited budget in such a way that it gives you a good return. Here's what we recommend. 

Small Kitchen Projects That Yield Big Value

You probably can't replace all the windows in your kitchen or upgrade old countertops on a $1,000 budget, but you can replace dated doors on your cabinets, upgrade door and drawer pulls, or install a simple backsplash..

Cabinet Doors

If you replace just the doors and drawer fronts on your kitchen cabinets, you'll save tons of money. And if you buy doors unfinished and stain or paint them yourself, you'll save even more.  And installing kitchen doors is easy enough to make a great weekend project for the family with no installation costs. In this way, you may easily be able to upgrade out-dated cabinets for less than $1,000. 

Cabinet Hardware

If all you're switching out is the hardware, you can go high-end on a $1,000 budget. In fact, it would be difficult (though not impossible) to spend your entire budget just on hardware, unless you're renovating a massive kitchen. On an average, expect to spend between $100 and $200 on hardware alone. 

Kitchen Backsplash

The cost of installing a backsplash behind the sink or stove varies greatly depending upon the materials used. Pricier options include natural stone, glass, or porcelain tiles. But for a limited budget, there may be other materials you like just as much that won't run you over. Consider these materials instead:

  • Beadboard

  • Tin or metal ceiling tiles

  • Vinyl wallpaper

  • Subway tile

  • Brick veneer

Each one makes an easy, DIY project, which will save you the cost of installation. Additionally, they're all attractive, affordable options that will transform your dated kitchen. You can easily install your own backsplash for under $1,000. 

Affordable Flooring

For homeowners whose kitchen just need a little pick-me-up, affordable flooring makes quite the statement. If you don't need hardwood or marble floors, you can easily lay new flooring in a small kitchen on a $1,000 budget. Ask about these affordable flooring options:

  • Luxury Vinyl Flooring or LVF

  • Laminate

  • Cork

  • Linoleum

  • Concrete

You'll save money doing the work yourself, but if you're not confident in your own abilities to pour a concrete floor, and few of us are, find a pro to help. 

Faucets and Fixtures

Sinks and water faucets are great places to spend smaller amounts of money in the kitchen. Even simple upgrades, like a low-flow, energy-efficient kitchen faucet can help improve your home's value. Nix the old sink for an updated version, and change out dated sink faucets with newer, bolder editions that save water. 

Natural Lighting

Another easy fix for a dark kitchen is to remove the window treatments and replace them with vinyl film. This gives you the privacy you need while flooding the room with natural light. Window films such as these can also do double duty if you opt for solar films that block UV rays without sacrificing light. 

You might also invest in pretty pendant lights that act as "jewelry" over your dining table or extended countertops. Pendant lights come in all price ranges and are an affordable investment, even if you need an electrician for installation. 

Fresh Wall Color

Lastly, one of the most beneficial and easy ways to revitalize your dated kitchen is by adding a fresh coat of paint. A simple DIY project for a sleepy weekend, this upgrade speaks volumes. Using these tips, your $1,000 renovation budget will go much farther than you think. Show us what you can do with $1,000. 


About The Author: Anne G. has a variety of personal interests, including outdoor recreation, home renovation, healthy living, and organic gardening. She's a parent, a writer, a student, and a teacher. She stays up-to-date on the latest treatment methods for substance abuse disorder and writes mystery and suspense fiction in her spare time.


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