11 Ways to Save on a Kitchen Redo
#3: Add inexpensive storage
Open shelves, rail storage systems and pot racks are all cheaper than new cabinets. And they are extremely versatile, able to fit in odd spaces and be sized to fit your exact storage needs.
Another storage-savvy addition: Add shelves to your existing cabinets. "A lot of stock cabinets come with a set amount of shelves, so you end up with dead space because your glasses are only so tall," says Chicago kitchen designer Rebekah Zaveloff. Your local hardware store can cut laminate shelves. To install, use existing peg holes inside cabinets or drill new ones as needed.
Pictured: A rack above the stove for cooking oils eliminates countertop clutter. Open storage, like the Weinhardts' plate rack also gives a kitchen a sense of airiness--and a visual break from expanses of cabinetry.