Who doesn’t like an upgrade to their existing kitchen? No matter how much you like your present cooking area, the prospect of a revamp is always quite tempting. It could be a simple change in your faucet that is needed or a complete redo of your cabinetry.
Whether you are a seasoned cook or the one pot girl, these kitchen renovation ideas are a good place to start with.
- Prioritize needs
When you start, it is good to jot down the things that really need to be changed. There is no point in looking for embellished hardware when the countertop is screaming for an upgrade or when the faucet model you have could easily be mistaken to be from your granny’s kitchen.
- Upgrade outdated appliances
Your double door refrigerator might be your best friend when it comes to storing all that food and more, but could be using more energy that it should be. Invest in energy efficient models and choose those that will blend in with the theme of your kitchen. The same goes for other appliances such as your chimney, ovens and dishwasher
- Refinish, don’t remove!
When it comes to kitchen renovation ideas, it is easy to get carried away with the dump everything and buy new stuff mode. Cabinets can take a huge chunk of the remodeling expense and so if they are in good working condition and have minor repairs; it is wise to just refinish them. Wooden cabinets can be sanded and refinished for a fraction of the cost it would take to completely redo them.
Another option would be to paint them and get a completely new look without burning a hole in your pocket. You can definitely use that money for another area of the kitchen.
- Splurge where required
When you are looking for kitchen renovation ideas, do not skip the fact that you will need to splurge on some areas of the kitchen such as the countertop or the sink. To counteract these, you can skimp on things like a faucet or lighting or these can even be taken up as a smaller project later.
Most remodeling enthusiasts are fond of using inexpensive subway tiles for the backsplash which can be used in a diagonal or vertical arrangement for an interesting pattern.
- Attention to detail
Make sure to pay attention to detail such as hardware, lighting and ceilings. Drawer pulls and knobs can add to the beauty of your cabinets and the overall theme. Spot lighting can be used to accentuate the dining area and cabinets. The color of the ceiling and its lighting can complement the look of the kitchen. Sticking to a theme and working around it will save you a lot of time and give a more complete feel to the renovation.
There is no dearth of kitchen renovation ideas if an upgrade is on your mind. Just realize that any remodeling is a time consuming job. Planning ahead of time and keeping on track with your schedule will make your wait to start cooking in your new kitchen, less miserable and worth it.