The economy is not in great shape. Still, for many of us, we’ve made plans that we don’t want to put on hold. Perhaps you’ve been saving for a new car, or a new home, or a housing remodel, but now you want to save money in case of future problems. Or maybe you had planned on a remodel, but now(with rising prices) you are not able to complete as extravagant of a remodel as you initially planned. Either way, not all hope is lost. You can still complete a budget kitchen countertop replacement.
New kitchen countertops can make a huge difference in the functionality and the aesthetics of a kitchen. They also can be replaced without a huge investment…if you do your homework.
When considering a kitchen countertop replacement, the first thing to examine is your lifestyle. Unless you are never using your kitchen, functionality is likely a key factor. If you are constantly cooking and utilizing your kitchen, you’ll want a durable, easy to maintain surface. Consider the options below when seeking budget kitchen countertop replacements!
A butcher-block countertop is a classic wooden design, often with a more rustic appeal. They are simple to install, as well, and can likely be done without the help of a professional(meaning even more money saved!). Because of their simplicity, a butcher-block design can also receive a wide variety of finishes and so can compliment a wide range of kitchen decor.
They are not without negatives, however. Because they are made of wood, a butcher-block needs to be cleaned right after spills to avoid stains and warping. Wood is also not specifically heat resistant; too much heat and the countertop will crack.
Concrete counters are generally slick and smooth. They have a universal appeal, and can blend well with most types of kitchens. You can pour your own concrete counters, though it will be a more involved process than installing a butcher block.
Concrete needs to be sealed regularly to prevent stains and liquid damage.
Cheaper than the other options, laminate counters are made by bonding plastic to a particleboard and forming a solid surface. Many hardware stores will sell prefabricated laminate in simple colors. These counters can be dressed up fairly easily, making customization a strength of this option. What’s better, laminate can be made to look like nearly any other type of countertop, but often at a fraction of the price! They are lightweight and durable.
Unfortunately, laminate usually scratches easily, and can be susceptible to heat and stains.
Ceramic tile can also be an affordable option, depending on the look of your kitchen. Natural stone tiles can also be a cheaper alternative to granite and marble counters. Tile can also be dressed up to look like other materials(though less so than laminate), giving you creative control over your kitchen design. They are also a do-it-yourself project, and significantly easier to install than concrete.
As with any home improvement project, do your research. Compare options, create a budget, and then get that perfect kitchen countertop replacement! With relative ease you can take a big step in improving the looks of your kitchen and increasing home value.