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Home remodel projects don’t have to require an extensive budget, or look cheap when using less expensive materials. If you’re interested in updating the look of your kitchen, you can find products and materials that allow you to create a beautiful and stylish home without paying a high price.
The trick to finding these products and materials is keeping an open mind, says Summer Baltzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV’s Design on a Dime.
“Most homeowners are surprised by how reasonable kitchen redecorating can be when they use and reorganize existing furniture and cabinetry in new ways, or by taking a new look at how technology has improved the products their grandmothers had in their kitchens,” Baltzer says. “We can save money without skimping on style, using what is already there and bringing back what has worked for years with a new look.”
For example, laminate was the kitchen countertop surface of choice “back in the day.” Today’s laminate has evolved to improve its style - looking like real wood, stone or tile.
As you begin to plan your kitchen remodel, keep an open mind and take a new look at those long-term products that have improved over the years. Consider how laminate designed to replicate granite, marble, stone or wood could drastically improve the look of your kitchen.
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Switching out the fabrics in the kitchen will help you finalize the entire project within a reasonable budget. Keep the counter-height chairs, but add new seat cushions or replace the current seat cushions for a fresh style. Swap out the curtains in the window to enhance the new color scheme. Hang some new towels - you may be surprised, but the room will look completely different.
Consider turning a former countertop or table into a beautiful faux butcher block - without the expensive cost or ongoing maintenance of real wood. From darker oaks to light maples, laminate can transform the look of your kitchen quickly and easily.
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Home Help: Save money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel
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