How to Update a Kitchen on a Budget | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey goes over low-budget kitchen upgrades.
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Time: 2 hours

Cost: $200 and up

Skill Level: Moderate

Shopping List:
Countertop
Faucet
Sink

Steps:
1. The simplest way to refresh a kitchen is by replacing the faucet. Most new faucets come with cover plates to hide holes from old hot and cold lines.
2. If there are holes in the sink from an old spray nozzle, they sell soap dispensers and water filters that can fit in those holes as a replacement.
3. Another way to update a kitchen is by changing out the sink. The most common types of sinks include self-rimming (or surface mounted) sinks and under-mounted sinks. Because the way the holes are cut in countertops, it’s hard to switch between the two types of sinks without also replacing the countertop. For laminate countertops, stick with a surface mounted sink.
4. Replacing the countertops is a slightly more expensive way to update the look of a kitchen. Stone countertops come in a variety of styles and colors that range in price based on how readily available they are for quarrying. Stick with more common stones to save thousands on replacing the countertops.

Resources:
Kitchen sinks, faucets, and countertops are available at home centers and kitchen supply stores.

Expert assistance on this segment was provided by International Stone, Inc. (http://www.internationalstoneinc.com/)

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15 Comments

  1. b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f on October 12, 2020 at 9:41 am

    1th

  2. The Cat Man on October 12, 2020 at 9:48 am

    There’s a crushed granite countertop. It’s exactly what it sounds like, the granite is crushed into small pieces and bonded together. On ours only the visible part is this, underneath it’s wood.

  3. Elizabeth Zacharias on October 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

    You missed an undermount sink in a laminate countertop.

  4. My dog Layla on October 12, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I love you guys! Please come to my 🏠 house.

  5. AL on October 12, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Work w existing cabinet

  6. Michael Price on October 12, 2020 at 10:06 am

    So basically the title of this video has nothing at all to do with it’s content.

  7. Gregarious Solitudinist on October 12, 2020 at 10:09 am

    flat trillion dollar rock counter tops that only allow water to run into the sink, not onto the floor. Revolutionary.

  8. George Lackey on October 12, 2020 at 10:21 am

    This just marketing bullshit! These are all man made products, mostly not real stone!

  9. Me Justme on October 12, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Thats the faucet I bought. LOL

  10. Grateful Dude on October 12, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Self-rimming? Is that even possible?

  11. Grateful Dude on October 12, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Self-rimming? Is that even possible?

  12. Andrey Prikhodko on October 12, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Philadelphia area I can get granite $38/ sq ft. Contact me

  13. seraph1926 on October 12, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Water most certainly does not drain from the counter top into the sink. Don’t listen to this moron

  14. Navi Chio on October 12, 2020 at 10:37 am

    So if you undermount the sink, then the bottom of the countertop would be dirty, right?

  15. SilverShrimp TX on October 12, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Useless Video, Thanks

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