You’ve been dreaming of a kitchen makeover for years, and now you’re finally going for it. But before you start chiseling those walls and tearing up that floor, be sure to read this post. It can be a stressful project. However, with these five simple tips, you can make sure your kitchen remodeling project doesn’t stress you out.
Here are five kitchen remodeling tips you need to know before you start your project.
Plan your kitchen remodel
It’s important to spend enough time planning and budgeting for your kitchen remodel. But, don’t let that task get out of hand. You should have a very good idea of what you want to do before making any decisions.
It’s a good idea to draw up a plan of your kitchen space and talk to family and friends to get their opinion about what you should be doing. When you talk to your family and friends, you need to be mindful of the needs you have.
For example, if you want to convert one room into a kitchen, your needs will change because of the number of people who’ll be in the kitchen. It might be a good idea to incorporate a smaller pantry that doesn’t need a lot of storage, such as a wall-hung or freestanding refrigerator.
Choose your kitchen cabinets
Whether you’re redoing a kitchen or are just replacing worn out kitchen cabinets, choose your cabinets wisely. Before making any decisions, check to see what your cabinets are made of. Low quality cabinets are much more likely to crack and chip if you put in new counters. So before you put new cabinets in, check to see what’s underneath.
No matter what, make sure you’re using cabinets made with an industry standard. It’s much easier to sand them if they’re a standard size and dimension.
Pay attention to cabinet height, people often forget to measure the height of their countertops when installing new cabinets. However, the height of the cabinet needs to be level with the countertop to maximize the size of the kitchen.
Choose your kitchen countertop
Making sure you have a good quality and beautiful countertop is one of the most important parts of a kitchen remodel or kitchen makeover. It’s also one of the most expensive aspects of the project, especially if you’re going with solid wood. Choosing solid wood countertops is one of the best ways to keep your kitchen looking contemporary and modern.
Also, make sure you don’t pick a countertop that’s glued together. There are more than a few incidents where glue has popped and forced workers to tear down walls, causing damage to the walls, floors, and ceilings.
Instead, choose ceramic or granite countertops, which are highly resistant to damage. An important thing to remember when choosing countertops is to select them when they are still warm from the oven.
Choose your kitchen flooring
When shopping for flooring, make sure that you choose your flooring first, and then determine what other upgrades you may need to make in the kitchen. When it comes to installing tile floors, the flooring company should have the necessary knowledge of what the tile needs to be able to maintain optimal moisture and color stability.
Remember to be mindful of the grout line so that you don’t end up with smears over your tile flooring. If you find a flooring company that doesn’t have the knowledge needed to handle these kinds of projects, you may want to check out their experience by checking out their reviews.
Choose your kitchen appliances
Choosing appliances can make or break your kitchen remodel project. It’s easy to fall in love with all of the new appliances available. However, sometimes all of the bells and whistles come at a price. Choose appliances that are going to work best for you.
If you need a microwave but don’t have the space for a full-sized one, and you’re concerned about the power of your fridge, go with a compact fridge and a counter-top range.
Also, pay attention to the brand and make sure you like the look of the brand. A lot of people get overwhelmed by the amount of appliances available, but instead of doing a blind eye, try taking the time to pick out appliances that you think will fit well in your kitchen.
Consider your kitchen’s lighting
When you’re considering a remodel or makeover of the kitchen, remember that lighting is the single most important aspect to consider. Is your kitchen right next to the master bedroom or another room in the house?
You may want to consider flipping a kitchen from a galley style to a peninsula. This way you have the option of having the kitchen near the dining room or living room, giving you more space for entertaining and creating a bright and welcoming space.
Make your kitchen functional
Whether it’s a very tiny kitchen or an extremely large one, you should always keep in mind how you can improve on the functionality of the kitchen. As you put in new cabinetry, you should make sure you don’t make your kitchen all about the cooking area.
Think about how you can use the kitchen to make your life easier. Maybe you’ll put in a side-by-side refrigerator, so you can have food on one side and drinks on the other.
If you have kids and they like to help you cook, you can have a mini fridge for them to store their snack food. There are endless ways you can make your kitchen functional.
Make your kitchen look amazing
If you’re planning to start a remodeling project, consider your style. What do you want your kitchen to look like? You may need to consider a complete makeover to give your kitchen a more modern feel. A complete renovation will include a fresh coat of paint, new flooring, new cabinets, a new sink, a new backsplash and a whole new look. But some updates don’t need to be so costly.
Some quick DIY updates can save you some money. DIY projects include painting your cabinets, refinishing your floors or adding on a new work island. Or take inspiration from your local kitchen store or new style blogs online to create a kitchen makeover you’ll be proud to show off.
Make it easier to clean
Before you do any work in the kitchen, it’s important to remove anything from the walls and put them away, especially if they aren’t used often. Make it easy for your friends and family to take off the kitchen knobs to clean the dishes without getting any on them. Put on a nice rug on the floor so the floor can be swept easily as well.
Lately I’ve been using a flexible plastic cutlery tray to put my cooking tools in. I keep it right in the middle of the table so it’s easy for me to clean and unload. If you don’t have a special cutlery tray, get a large one and put it on top of a basket with knives and tongs in it.
Every kitchen needs some updating to give it that wow factor and add to the functionality. And if you’re remodeling, you should always consider the kitchen when making those home improvements. If you are looking for affordable renovations, check out these tips to update your kitchen.