Welcome to Wilsonart Wednesday! We've teamed up with the kitchen experts at Wilsonart to answer our readers' questions about kitchen renovation. We'll be posting the answers on Wilsonart Wednesdays all summer long, so ask your questions here and check back in for the answers!
Q: What are our options for financing a kitchen renovation absent a fat savings account or generous parents? - Charlotte G.
A: So you don’t have financing for that next kitchen renovation? It’s still possible to give your kitchen a new look without breaking the bank or refinancing your home. Consider the following tips from Summer Balzer, interior designer and former host of HGTV’s Design on A Dime and Wilsonart’s Design Team.
- Determine the scope of the work: Is this a complete overhaul with new
cabinetry, appliances and plumbing, or can you give your kitchen a new look
with smaller projects that can be done incrementally?
- Talk to a designer who can help you break down the
project into smaller elements – cabinetry, counters, floors, paint and
accessories and identify the 5 “must-haves” vs. “like to have.” You may decide that you can live with
existing cabinets and reface them or simply update fixtures, install a new
countertop and backsplash and paint the walls a bright color to give the
kitchen a lift for the fraction of a complete renovation.
- DIY and Repurpose to save money – Save money by
repurposing found items for your accents where you can. Frame pictures
from favorite recipes, use inexpensive flowerpots or mason jars to store
utensils and cutlery, repurpose an old console table as a center
island. You might even want to spray-paint the old dining table and give
it a new life! Look for salvaged floors, pallets, or pottery to create new
furniture pieces or accents. This approach not only saves you money, but
also makes your kitchen enviably unique.
- Budget for the
unexpected and look for eco-friendly options that may actually be a more green
choice for you home and lighter on your wallet. Wilsonart
Laminates contain 70% FSC(r)
Certified wood fibers, contains a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled
content and meets stringent indoor air quality standards.