remodel your kitchen on a budgetKitchens are one of the parts of a home where you can recover much or all of the costs related to a remodel. However, just because you can recoup your costs later doesn’t mean that you have a lot to spend or that you can wait years to get that money back.

What are some ways that you can upgrade without spending more than you can afford?

You Can Refinish Cabinets Instead of Buying New Ones

The easiest ways to freshen up your cabinets is to take them down, refinish them and then put them back up. Whether you want to stain them a new color or paint them, they will look and feel like new after they are put back up. Kitchen cabinet refinishing can be done affordably and on your own schedule as opposed to spending thousands of dollars to buy and have new cabinets installed.

remodel your kitchen on a budgetBuy Refurbished Appliances Instead of New Ones

If you are looking to upgrade your refrigerator or looking to put in a dishwasher to modernize the room, refurbished products can be a cost-effective way to accomplish that goal. Refurbished products are usually ones that have been returned by customers who didn’t want them or units that may have small dings, dents or scratches. In many cases, they have been repaired to look and function like new. However, they cannot legally be marketed as new products, which means you can get a quality product for a fraction of the price.

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remodel your kitchen on a budgetUse Leftover Materials Whenever Possible

The material that you used in the bathroom could also be used in your kitchen. For instance, if you have leftover wood or tile flooring, you can use it in the kitchen without it looking tacky or out of place. As you may be able to get a better price when you buy materials in bulk, you may save money by doing your kitchen and bathroom at the same time.

remodel your kitchen on a budgetSalvage and Restore Junk Items to Create a Unique Look

An old sink or junked light fixtures could be restored and given new life in your kitchen. Make sure that you take the time to get rid of any rust or other debris on your salvaged fixtures to reduce the odds of leaks or other health hazards. If an older fixture or other feature in your kitchen is not cleaned up and scrubbed well, it could retain toxic materials or rust that may prevent health hazards. If you opt for rugs to cover your wood floors, you should make sure to invest in oriental rug cleaning services whether you buy it new or get it used.

remodel your kitchen on a budgetMake the Most of Your Existing Space

The easiest way to spend a lot of money on a kitchen remodel is to make the room bigger by knocking out a wall or adding to the home itself. Therefore, it is in your best interest to use the existing space to the best of your ability. It may be possible to add storage by putting in cabinets that open up instead of out or by putting in an island with additional drawers or other types of storage space. You may also get more storage space by converting a nearby closet into a pantry for food or cooking supplies.

Remodeling a kitchen can be an effective way to make your home more functional while increasing its value at the same time. However, if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, it is critical that you use the space and features that you already have. Buying used or picking up discarded objects may also help you save money while creating an ideal look and feel for your cooking and entertaining space.

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adorne by legrandLegrand provider of products for electrical installations has introduced adorne, a collection of outlets, light switches and over 35 wall plate finishes that transform your everyday light switches into beautiful design statements.

The big buzz, especially in urban real estate these days is ‘luxury living’. ‘Luxury’ is a personal interpretation, right? When it comes to interiors, you might agree that granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hard wood floors and top of the line kitchen and bath accessories would likely be defined as luxurious.

Watch: Transform your light switches and electrical outlets with the adorne Collection…

It’s been five years since we moved into our so-called luxury apartment in New York City. While thoughtful design consideration was given throughout our living space, the light switches and electrical outlets were run-of-the-mill.

Related: Legrand announces winner of custom wall plate competition…

I was excited to partner with Legrand and their adorne Collection and add design and personal style to some of my most frequently used and taken for granted components.

Select a Room

I used adorne’s Room Planner on their website to choose my switches and outlets. My selections included soft tap dimmers, whisper switches and a very handy combination usb + tamper-resistant outlet; all magnesium colored. As far as wall plates, I chose mirror white for all.

Installation

I hired a handyman to install my fixtures. It took him about an hour and a half to remove my old hardware and replace it with the five sets of adorne gear. It was a fairly smooth process with no complaints. #electriciansrock

Before and After

Check out these before and after images from my apartment and see for yourself what a simple, yet dramatic impact adorne can have on your living space…

A boring light switch compared with adorne light switch.

Kitchen and hallway light. This double light switch is probably one of the most used in my apartment. I love the streamline, techy vibe of the adorne switches. Press gently on the center of the soft tap dimmer, you hear a slight click and the lights gently dim up. When you turn off the lights, again, a reminder click and the lights slowly dim. FYI: The system handily remembers your dimmer preference, so you don’t have to tweak your settings every time you turn on the lights. The whisper switch is a perfect and simple on/off solution for the hallway. Don’t you wish you could reach inside this photo and try them out yourself?

comparison of old and new outlets featuring adorne by legrand

Kitchen counter left. So happy with my kitchen counters and backsplash, yet can’t believe how crappy the outlets were. How stunning is adorne’s combination usb + tamper-resistant outlet? It’s a fresh look, plus you can’t beat the modern day convenience of a usb direct plug.

Comparison of old outlet with new adorne designer outlet.

Kitchen counter right. I swear I heard my coffee maker and toaster say “Thank you, Harold.”

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Foyer. Check out the indicator lights on the right side of the adorne soft tap dimmer. Micro-movement that lets you turn lights on and off or dim them with a soft tap of your finger. Functional and elegant.

Who knew turning on the lights could be so much fun. I can’t wait to do my living room!

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editors 2 cents graphic1. Research and patience is key to creating an enjoyable living environment. 2. What might appear to be expensive, could be the best long-term solution for your design, quality and personal statement needs. 3. Repetitious yet bonafide; love is indeed in the details.

DISCOVER:  The adorne Collection by Legrand

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