Kitchen DIYs to Save You Money

In the 2019 annual Cost vs. Value Report, Remodeling Magazine put the national average for a midrange major kitchen remodel at over $66,000 and an upscale one at more than $131,500. If you’d like to update your kitchen to increase your home’s value when putting it on the market among the Minneapolis houses for sale, or for any other reason and don’t have that kind of money to spend, consider one of these kitchen DIYs.

Install Lighting Under Your Cabinets

Installing lighting is a fairly quick and easy project, and it won’t cost a fortune, but it can make a big positive impact on your kitchen. It makes reading recipes and preparing meals easier while providing a warm, welcoming glow. The Family Handyman offers simple instructions that will allow you to tackle this in a weekend.

Switch Out Your Kitchen Faucet

A new fixture can make your kitchen shine, and a brand-new faucet will have more functionality too, providing more than just aesthetics. It can be a good DIY project for first-timers, but as Bob Villa notes, it’s not always as easy as it sounds so you’ll want to have a good understanding of what might go wrong while getting a few tips for success, like making sure you shut off the water valves, which the site outlines here.

Paint Your Cabinets

Replacing cabinets is pricey but you can update them in a more cost-effective way by giving them a fresh coat of paint for a more stylish look. A Joyful Riot offers a great tutorial here to help ensure the best job possible in the minimal amount of time.

Change Out Cabinet Hardware

You can refresh your entire kitchen with just a small change – a new set of cabinet hardware. You might be surprised at what these tiny pieces can do when it comes to making an impact on this space. Vintage brass is always fun, or you could go with something retro-inspired like white porcelain drawer and cabinet knobs for a bit of a farm-style look. Vintage crystal knobs are great against denim-blue cabinets and drawers.

This is one of the easiest DIY projects to take on for your kitchen as all you’ll need to do is remove the old handles and/or knobs by loosening the screws on the back of your cabinet doors that hold the old hardware and remove the handle or knob. After pre-drilling the holes, fill in any remaining holes the old hardware may have left with wood putty (painting the area if necessary), and then attach the new knobs and handles with screws.

New Backsplash with an All-in-One Mosaic Tile Kit

New backsplash can be a great way to add more appeal to your kitchen, and with a peel-and-stick backsplash kit it’s easy to install. An all-in-one mosaic tile kit comes with everything you’ll need to get the job done, even the tools. The grout is pre-mixed, and as the name belies, the tile is peel-and-stick, so there will be little mess and you’ll save time and money too.