Giving Your Kitchen a Facelift
Kitchens are some of the most consistently-used rooms in any home, and as a result, they see more wear and tear. You’re going to want to upgrade your kitchen at intervals. You might as well plan it out in advance and explore DIY means of conserving resources in the process.
Kitchen remodel can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be if you complete the work, plan it out, and structure remodeling efforts around specific areas of the space. We’ll explore six charming decorative ideas here to help inspire you.
1. Resetting Cabinetry
Sometimes you want to get rid of cabinets entirely, but this is rare. Cabinets are necessary owing to storage. However, over time, they wear out, and unless you go the bespoke option, you end up spending a pretty penny. However, because they’re so common, some businesses specialize in kitchen cabinets specifically.
RTA stands for Ready To Assemble. RTA cabinetry requires the dimensions of your area, then the cabinets are shipped to you, and you install them. There are also similar non-RTA options from the same sorts of vendors. White cabinets of this variety are common, but they’re not the only trending color. You also might want to check out gray cabinetry options in trending styles.
2. Flooring: Tile, Wood, or LVP?
With the flooring in your kitchen, you’ve got every option but carpet. Okay, you can choose carpet if you’re a crazy person, but it’s going to hold stains and other muck from cooking. Kitchens need hard floors. Wood is best, but it’s expensive. Tile is also good, though it’s a bigger undertaking.
Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) is best; just install it with at least a quarter inch of space when you tuck it under the trim so it can expand or contract when temperatures change.
3. A Backsplash Behind the Sink
A tile backsplash behind the sink is simple, cost-effective, and straightforward. Plus, it brings a lot of value to your kitchen, and looks absolutely darling. You can use tile fragments if you like, they don’t have to fit precisely; or you can go with a more “square” approach. Choose what décor matches your preferences and kitchen style.
4. Speaking of Sinks: Install A New One
Sinks get old. They don’t only get old, they start to leak, and can damage infrastructure in the hidden cabinets beneath. New sinks can utilize water more efficiently, they look nicer, and you tend to get more bang for your buck—depending on the sink, of course. If you haven’t thought about it before, look into what you’ve got, what’s out there, and what installation costs are.
5. Lighting: Replace Ceiling Lights With LEDs; Also, LED Strips
Ceiling fluorescent lights or filament bulbs have a bright yellow color that may flicker and sputter, and though good for cooking and dining, isn’t warm and comfortable. Get LEDs you can control from your smartphone instead. You can install bulbs that are manipulable from an app, or adhesive lighting strips you can control with a remote control; maybe even both.
6. A Contemporary Coat of Paint Can Make a Kitchen Feel New
Repainting any room in your house tends to be advantageous. If you redo the whole property, inside and out, property value enhancement is higher than your investment in tools, and the time it takes you to do so. If you hire a paint crew, you might not quite break even, but it’s still a valuable move. However, you don’t have to do everything at once.
Finish remodeling your kitchen, throw down some drop cloths, and give the space a new paint job that matches your trending preferences as regards internal décor.
Bringing That Kitchen Into the Modern World
New paint, upgraded lighting, a new sink, a backsplash behind that sink, redone flooring, and new cabinets are all straightforward decorative enhancements for your kitchen. These make it look nicer, and enhance its value. What’s more: all these items can be done in a DIY way, if you’re determined enough, saving even more money.