6 Economical Tips to Renovate Your Cabinetry

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Save Big on Your Remodel with Custom Floating Shelves from J Thomas Home

Your kitchen is one of the most important parts of your home. It's the heart of family meals, comfort, and togetherness. By implementing modern design innovations, you can transform your kitchen into a beautiful and comfortable - yet functional - space for you and your family to enjoy.

Your cabinetry can make or break your kitchen. And while renovating your cabinets can instantly give your kitchen a whole new feel, it can also be costly. Luckily, there are ways to equip your kitchen with the latest trends and still give it an updated look without breaking your bank.

Without further delay, here are six tips that will help you save money as you transform your cabinetry, courtesy of J Thomas Home, Kansas City’s expert in custom shelving and fine personalized gifts.

Tip 1: Make a Plan

Like any renovation, it’s a good idea to start with a plan. Ask yourself what your goals are, and how you’d like your kitchen to look once everything is complete.

Then, determine your budget and how much you’re willing to spend. Are there areas you don’t mind spending a bit more on? What could you do without? Planning ensures that your renovation goes as smoothly as possible, and that you stay on budget throughout the entire process.

Tip 2: Select an Affordable Wood Species

The wood species of your cabinets will impact your total cost, so you’ll want to be intentional about what kind you choose for your renovated cabinetry. Selecting a certain species could end up saving you hundreds of dollars.

Poplar wood is guaranteed to keep costs of your renovation low and accepts stain smoothly, making it a great option if you want painted shelves. Red oak, pine, and alder are also extremely affordable and readily available.

Tip 3: Opt for Unfinished

If staying within budget is one of your top priorities, unfinished cabinets can save you a significant amount of money during your renovation. Unfinished means no treatment is used on the wood or that it is unstained with a clear satin top coat.

Homeowners sometimes order unfinished wood and stain it themselves, whether it's because they want to match it with other elements in their space, or they don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty to keep some extra money in their pocket.

Tip 4: Ditch the Drawers

Sure, drawers add functionality to your kitchen, but they can quickly increase the total cost of your remodel. Drawer bases are more expensive than standard base cabinets, so they aren’t the best option if you’re looking to make cost-effective choices. Instead, use fewer drawers within your design.

Tip 5: Avoid Pull-Outs

While a pull-out trash can or spice rack can add convenience and functionality to your kitchen, it also will drive up your total cost. Pull-outs are a nice feature to have, but aren’t completely necessary for your renovation if you’re wanting to keep costs low. To save as much money as possible on your cabinetry, place your trash can elsewhere, like in the pantry or next to the kitchen island.

Tip 6: Consider Wood Floating Shelves

Not only are wood floating shelves modern and stylish, but they can also save you quite a bit of money compared to standard wall cabinets. With no hardware, doors, hinges, and less material needed, you’ll save a substantial amount of money and can renovate your cabinetry for a great price.

Floating wall shelves open up the room and give you an opportunity to show off your beautiful china and pottery. They’re also completely customizable, so it’s up to you to decide how you’d like to arrange them.

At J Thomas Home, you’ll have access to custom floating shelves made just for you. Once you customize your kitchen shelves, our skilled artisans get to work to create your wood shelves by hand.

Shop Custom Floating Shelves and More at J Thomas Home

Ready to transform your cabinetry for an affordable price? Let us help at J Thomas Home! Our custom floating shelves are handcrafted right in our state-of-the-art woodshop based in Olathe, Kansas.

At J Thomas Home, you won’t be shopping from an inventory. You’ll carefully select the thickness, wood, finish, and size of your kitchen shelves, and then they’ll be built just for you!

Every piece that comes from our woodshop is made to order and shipped right to your door. No matter where you call home, you can customize your own custom shelves!

Ready to get started? Shop JThomasHome.com to browse our wall shelves and other customized products, or send us a message to get in touch with one of our friendly team members.

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