11 Ways to Save on a Kitchen Redo
#2: Get creative with cabinetry
The Weinhardts considered installing new custom wood cabinets, but saved more than $2,000 by going with medium-density fiberboard (a smooth engineered wood). Dress up stock cabinets by applying moldings, or replace the center panel of select doors (like upper cabinets where you'd like to show off nice dishware or glasses) with glass.
Remember, too, that sometimes you don't even need new cabinets. For an inexpensive update, paint existing cabinets and change out the hardware to get a fresh look with minimal cost and work.
Pictured: The Weinhardts tucked a tall cabinet into an unused corner to create an instant mini mudroom. It tidily stows the kids' coats, backpacks and school gear.