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The Kitchen of your Dreams: On a Budget

Your dream kitchen probably includes things like custom cabinets, marble countertops, and the most high-tech appliances available. This is a fantastic dream, but it's probably not a reality. A high-scale kitchen remodel using the finest materials can cost upwards of $20,000.

Most homeowners don't have those kinds of funds - taking out a loan isnít always a practical option. But just because you don't have a large fund set aside for a remodel doesn't mean you can't create a dreamy, functional kitchen all your own.

Here are some easy, money-saving tips to help you get your ideal kitchen without breaking the bank:

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Paint, Don't Replace

When you look at an expense list of a large-scale kitchen remodel, cabinets are high on the list. In some cases, new cabinets can take up more than half the budget. Assembled cabinets are a cheaper option - but they'll still run you between $2,000 and $7,000, depending on the area you need to cover. On the other hand, custom cabinets really eat up the budget - with a starting cost of $15,000!

If those numbers spike your blood pressure and leave you feeling helpless, you do have another option. Panting your existing cabinets is a great way to give your kitchen a totally new look for only the cost of paints and primers. You'll need to do some prep work taping and sanding your current cabinets, but this is a project that can be tackled in less than a week. A quick trip to your local hardware store will have you well on your way to brand new (looking) cabinets!

Go Modular

There's nothing quite like to look of marble countertops. This elegant material adds that special something to every kitchen. But marble countertops are extremely expensive and difficult to maintain, making them a risky investment. That's why many homeowners opt for granite countertops. You still get that rich, natural look without the high price tag.

To save even more money, look for modular granite countertops. Modular countertops are pre-cut to fit most popular cabinet layouts - it's not hard to find a size and shape that could work for your kitchen. These pre-cut countertops are perfect people who want to take on installation themselves, and can even start at as little as $100 for a piece!

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DIY Backsplash

Adding a backsplash is one of the best ways to give your kitchen a whole new feel! An interesting backsplash makes your kitchen look completely different and adds a touch of whatever style you prefer. A rustic copper backsplash can give your kitchen a warm, farm-house vibe. While sleek subway tiles lend themselves well to a modern style.

Consult a kitchen remodeling pro at your local home improvement store if you want to DIY your backsplash. They can explain the proper techniques and point you in the right direction for the materials you'll need. Buying and installing the materials on your own will save you a ton of money and let you be as creative as you want!

Let your Style Shine

No matter what kitchen projects you take on, always stay true to your unique style. You're the one that has to live with your kitchen every day - make sure it's something you love! Steer clear of super trendy materials you'll grow to dislike after their newness has worn off. Stick to classics you know you'll always love! You can add funky, unique touches with your dishes and decorations.

You can turn your outdated kitchen into something truly special with just a few DYI projects. Painting your cabinets, choosing prefab countertops, and installing your own backsplash are just a few of many cheap remodeling ideas. Let your creativity flow - you'll end up with a kitchen even better than you dreamed!