Seems old Ben Franklin was ahead of his time. With the nation in economic turmoil, in no other day and age has the adage, “A penny saved is a penny earned” been more relevant. And while it may seem like an impossibility in today's financial climate, there are many ways to save a pretty penny when it comes to revamping your kitchen. To simplify matters, let's focus our cost-saving efforts on the heart of the room: the kitchen cabinets.

In a recent article titled “Be penny-wise with your kitchen,” the Post-Bulletin offered some “common cents” tips to bring about satisfying kichen results. Among their advice was:

Paint/Finish – “Not only is it (painting) the least costly of almost anything you can do, it can have the largest impact. Changing the color will create a fresh canvas for updating the look in just a day or two.” That advice is fine and dandy if your existing kitchen cabinets are in sound shape, but what if they need an overhaul? Look for a kitchen cabinet manufacturer that provides preassembled and ready-to-assemble cabinetry in a variety of finish colors. Cream and white cabinet finishes give a fresh, clean appeal to your kitchen. Warm woods like cider, oak, bay and hickory lend a cozy kitchen cabinet appeal. Darker woods like Nile gloss, burgundy and Ruxton brown lend a rustic cabin flavor.

Cabinets – “Shop stock items or semi-custom cabinets that can give you custom craftsmanship.” Opting for preassembled and ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets saves you not only money but also time. That means you'll be able to start enjoying your new kitchen much more quickly than you would if you had to wait for custom cabinetry options. Don't, however, feel that you'll lose out on that personalized attention to detail by choosing preassembled or ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets. Select a kitchen cabinet manufacturer that offers a variety of customization options on its preassembled and ready-to-assemble cabinetry. Some of the add-on features you can still expect to enjoy include decorative molding, lazy Susans, roll-out trays, fillers, light rails, matching toe kicks, specialty end panels and heat shields.

Increasing storage – The Post-Bulletin's expert “sees clients changing from a U-shape design to an L-design and adding an island or increasing the size of the island to include an eating space. … the homeowner can get a new look and more storage and efficient usage of space.” To that end, seek out a manufacturer of ready-to-assemble and preassembed kitchen cabinets that offers an online design tool. That way, you can plan your new kitchen right down to the last detail, thereby ensuring that your new preassembled or ready-to-assembled kitchen cabinets fit correctly. In this case, there's another old adage you can ignore: “Measure twice, cut once.” That's because the well-prepared kitchen cabinet manufacturer take all of the guesswork out of the equation for you!

By adhering to the aforementioned helpful hints and planning guidelines, you can create an attractive, functional kitchen, as well as ensure your project is completed as smoothly as possible … all without wasting a single penny. Our sage founding father, Ben Franklin, would surely approve.

Source by Carmen Fontana