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Kitchen reno: should i just bite the bullet?

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Kitchen reno: should i just bite the bullet?

the kitchen cabinets, counter and everything is old and outdated. I was thinking of buying the stuff from reno depot when they have another 15 to 20% promo.
i am on a budget so melamine stuff unless you have better ideas to spruce up the old.
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If the cabinet carcasses themselves are in good shape, you can just replace the doors and countertops. Less labour, less demo, lower costs.

You could also just try paint them, and a new countertop.

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CNeufeld wrote:
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If the cabinet carcasses themselves are in good shape, you can just replace the doors and countertops. Less labour, less demo, lower costs.
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Replace doors with something that has better colour and more character, replace counter tops and replace faucet
Faucet i have, bought on sale
https://www.lowes.ca/kitchen-faucets/aq ... 57502.html

You could also go with a double sink

A stove, fridge and new light fixture would be a good idea, someday Smiling Face With Sunglasses
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As others have said, if you like the layout, but just hate how it looks, replacing doors, countertop, and installing a backsplash will do a lot to make things look new. Wish I had pics, but a friend's kitchen looked just like yours, and he did as I mentioned (as well as installing pot-lights, which was a pretty big PITA apparently, and laminate flooring), and it looks a LOT better.
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well don't really like the layout, not enough electrical outlets, no ventilation for the fumes to go outside, don't really need the lowered ceiling around the cabinets. Just wondering what people do on a budget. Materials I can buy and install the stuff myself.
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You haven't provided your budget. What is it?
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Is that a pantry at the end of the counter on the sink side?
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The base reminds me of a nice white country/cottage kitchen. Maybe google that for some ideas. Most of those kinds of kitchens look simple, clean and inviting.

Changing the countertop is a given...maybe some kind of wood to give it some warmth, and wouldn't require everything else to change (i.e. a fancy granite countertop wouldn't really match everything else). It'd look nice with everything else white too.

I actually like the cabinets, a new coat of paint could work if they look worn. I'd definitely change the cabinet hardware so it looks less "plain". It wouldn't be overboard because that's probably the fanciest thing I'd install. :P

This link has a bunch of example pictures featuring a lot of white kitchens: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/3892556/ ... n-cabinets

On a budget I'd also add or change: the outlet cover, window dressings, lighting fixture. Maybe the faucet as some suggested, but I'd probably keep the sink.
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Yours is about as far gone as ours was when we bought, but we didn't have the budget to redo it the way we wanted right off the bat. Our approach was to do a cosmetic update that we could live with for five years until we could a full gut. In your case, I would do all cabinet hardware and hardware for the backdoor to match (e.g. brushed nickel), matching blinds for the window and back door, replace electrical outlet with white, backsplash, Ikea countertop and stainless appliances. I bought basic stainless to tie us over used on kijiji. Took a bit of hunting, but found stuff dirt cheap and practically new.
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at1212b wrote:
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You haven't provided your budget. What is it?
2000 max for materials.
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nomdesplumes wrote:
Sep 9th, 2016 10:47 pm
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Sep 9th, 2016 10:11 am
You haven't provided your budget. What is it?
2000 max for materials.
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