Disclosure: This post was underwritten by Lowe’s Home Improvement. All text and opinions are my own.
It seems like home remodels are all the rage. I don’t know about you, but my hubby and I love to watch remodeling shows on tv all the while dreaming about our next project. Several years ago we bought an older home and completely remodeled our kitchen and bathrooms, which are two of the most important rooms in our home. Unfortunately, it was before the time of camera phones, social media, and instant photo uploads. How I wish I had before and after pictures because the difference was truly unbelievable. We took an out of date 70’s kitchen complete with green appliances, ugly cabinets, and bathrooms that were 70’s yellow gold and gave them a facelift. One of the bathrooms had black and white porcupine wallpaper, with the porcupines turned around backward drying off their bottoms with a bath towel. It was both the best and worst wallpaper ever. The best, because it was hilarious, the worst, because who wants THAT in your bathroom?
Since we were doing so much work to our home, we had to work on a budget to get the best bang for our buck. Here are five easy tips for saving money on a kitchen and bathroom remodel.
- Create a Pinterest Board full of your favorite looks. Be specific and save as many different options as you can to help you hone in on exactly what you want. You don’t want to waste money later redoing things you didn’t love. Then, once you have an understanding of the scope of your project, write down the non-negotiables. What are some things that you are willing to compromise? What are the non-negotiables? For example, my next kitchen WILL BE WHITE. That is non-negotiable. I’d like a stone island, but I’m okay with a standard wood island to stay on budget.
- Be willing to remodel in stages. Sometimes a huge project can feel overwhelming. If your budget doesn’t make room for brand new cabinets and flooring, why not start with one, then take a break to save up for the next stage. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing project. Perhaps a new coat of paint, new hardware for your existing cabinets, or new faucets might be a great start before moving on to the next stage. Often we get stuck and do nothing because we are waiting to do everything. It doesn’t have to be this way. Just getting started creates momentum, excitement, and determination to complete a project.
- Buy what is on sale. If you are in the market for a new toilet and sink, for example, and aren’t stuck to one brand, then buy what is on sale.
- Keep what you can and repurpose. If you are replacing your kitchen cabinets, perhaps think about salvaging cabinet handles and repainting to bring them up to date. Or, if your cabinets are in good shape, a new coat of paint can work wonders.
- Although my first instinct when we remodeled our kitchen and bathroom was to move everything around, I quickly learned one way to potentially save a tremendous amount of money was to keep appliances, tubs/showers, and sinks where they are when possible. Moving electrics and plumbing around can be very costly.
Where does one find sales on kitchen and bath items? Through March 23, Lowe’s has voted to give up to 40 percent off kitchen and bath items to customers ready to upgrade the two most-important rooms in their home. The discounts offered in this sale could make a huge savings impact on any budget. Take a peek at all the different options and see how these savings could help you get started on your project while sticking to your budget.
- Up to 40% off Kitchen and Bath Event 2/9-3/23
- Up to 30% off Select Appliance Special Values 2/15 – 2/28
- Paint + Primer Starting @ $17.98 NLP
- 8 Styles of Linear Tile Under $2 per Sq. Ft.
- 20% off all in-stock Kohler Kitchen Sinks 2/9 – 3/19
- 20% off select in-stock Schlage Door Knobs and Levers 2/15 – 3/13
- PERFORMANCE 2-BURN GAS GRILL DS/S WAS $199 NOW $179