When you begin a remodeling project it can seem like a huge undertaking and financially intimidating. Kitchens are often one of the pricier projects and with so much detail to think about, you’ll be stretching your budget every step of the way. Luckily there are a few easy ways to make your kitchen remodel more affordable this time around. To begin with, you’ll want to lay out your master plan before actually beginning anything. This will allow you to know what you can and can’t afford right off the bat as well as help you to plan for possible problems down the road. You’ll be able to look up alternative ways of getting the same looks for a better price, and compare the costs of your items without committing right away. One of the most expensive aspects of a kitchen remodel is replacing old cabinets. In some cases, you may be able to cut this pricey corner by simply investing in some white paint. White paint is the perfect brightener to cover up outdated cabinet designs and it far more cost efficient when compared to a complete cabinets replacement. So, before you commit to a brand-new set of kitchen cabinets, try out the paint option. It’ll modernize your kitchen with the stroke of a brush and save you hundreds of dollars. Lighting will soon become your best friend. By adjusting and adding to the light fixtures you already have set up (or hanging a few more) it will automatically brighten up your kitchen as well as give it a step in the more modern direction. Under-cabinet lighting is one of the hottest new trends and won’t cost you an arm and a leg. This is perfect because it will breathe life into whichever color your walls are and give your tiled areas and counter top and brand new glow. And finally, don’t forget to design around your plumbing. Changing sink locations and other plumbing areas is what will end up sucking up the majority of your budget. Starting prices for a plumbing upheaval are $5,000 alone. So keep your appliances right where they are and work from there!