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DIY Kitchen Renovation Projects You Can Do At Home

wood samples, granite samples, and a calculator on top of drawn plans for a kitchen The kitchen remains a section of your house rooms that plays a critical role in your home. Well, it’s a unique place where you cook delicious meals for the family. Furthermore, some people prefer to assemble in the kitchen around the table to take their meals.

You can design your kitchen in a particular style when building a new home. Alternatively, you can modify the kitchen you already own to suit your style. Updating the kitchen to a specific standard largely depends on your budget. Some people spend most of their time in the kitchen and would want to improve its appearance. After all, a fresh and comfortable environment will provide a more natural and exciting experience to be. Kitchen renovations are some of the most popular home DIY projects

Come Up With a Design Game Plan

A kitchen project can be costly and time-consuming. Before picking the style and design, you will have to equip yourself with vital facts. For consistency, you may decide to implement the kitchen project in phases. By turning the plans into small, manageable projects, you will make your journey to a new kitchen much less stressful.

As you embark on designing a game plan, consider the following factors:

Know Your Needs

Write a list of the items you like and dislike like the color of cabinetry and the type of appliances. Observe the kitchen space and determine if you will have to enlarge or reduce. A spacious kitchen can accommodate both cooking with an area to take lunch or dinner.

Plumbing and Heating

Ensure that you have plumbing and electrical supplies before you lay the floor. Such a response will work effectively with your plan. In case you settle for underfloor heating, install it before you lay the kitchen floor.

Setting Your Budget

Your budget should include a 10% contingency fund to handle unexpected extra cost. Present a clear budget to your designer so that they may advise on where to save and invest for the best results.

Cabinets and Drawers

While updating and modernizing your kitchen, consider furnishing your cabinets and drawers stylishly. Furthermore, your designer can repair them to and style and function efficiently by doing the following:

Repaint

You can transform your cabinets by repainting with your favorite paint color. Repainted cabinets will give your kitchen a new look without costing very much money. Furthermore, painting can add value to your home if it’s done well and with a popular color. Repainting is also more time efficient because you can start using the cupboards again shortly after painting, as opposed to replacing which can take several days to complete. 

Replace Doors

a man in a yellow shirt and hat installing a new wooden door on a cupboard Replacing kitchen cabinet doors can give them a facelift. Before taking off existing doors, decide what kind of door you want. You can go completely custom, or you can go with something that’s ready-to-assemble out of a box. No matter your choice, new cabinet doors are a great way to freshen up a kitchen’s look. 

New Handles

If you want to update your kitchen’s look but don’t have much time to do big jobs like painting or replacing, installing new hardware can get the job done. The popular styles for knobs are always changing, and buying some stylish stainless steel knobs can bring old cabinets back to the present. New knobs are also the finishing touch all refinished cabinets should get to really complete the new look. 

Add Organizers

Organizers add more options to the typical space a cabinet has inside. You can buy drawer organizers from a store, or you can even make your own if you really want to go all the way. Organizers help keep all your things neat, tidy, and easy to locate. Even the dreaded junk drawer is no match for a good drawer organizer. 

Add Trim and a New Stain

If painting cupboards isn’t your style or you don’t want to cover up the wood grain, try refinishing the wood instead. Adding a new finish is a great way to change your cupboards’ look. While refinishing is more time-intensive than painting, it preserves the look of the wood much better than painting.

Adding a trim to your cupboards can also be a great way to update their look. There are many different trims to choose from that can give your kitchen any style from rustic to modern.

Stove

a man in a white shirt installing an induction stovetop If you’re going all the way with your kitchen, you may be planning to get a new stove. There are two basic kinds of stoves: gas and an electric.

Electric stoves are more varied than gas stoves. They can have metal coils or have a completely flat surface. Flat surface stoves are very easy to clean, but they take longer to change temperature, unlike gas stoves. However, electric stoves tend to have much better heat distribuation than gas stoves, which can sometimes have hot spots. If you want to install a gas stove, you need to make sure you have all the connections necessary first, otherwise you may end up with the wrong type of stove for your kitchen.

Making Your Own Backsplash

A backsplash is an essential surface which protects the wall behind your stove from splashes while cooking. You can make your preferred backsplash with various materials like tiles, laminate flooring, and metal, among other options. Your local hardware store will even have pre-made backsplash tiles that you can install on your own.

Lighting

A kitchen acts as the heart of the home with a functional area for cooking, eating and family entertainment. You need a proper design to light up your kitchen to bring more life and to ensure there aren’t any accidents due to improper lighting. The strategic areas to ensure appropriate lighting for your kitchen are:

Under-Cabinet Lighting

To direct more light to the countertop while cooking, you should install under-cabinet lighting. This sort of lighting is useful for when you need just a little more light, or if you don’t want to turn on the overhead lights late at night. You can even get under-cabinet lighting in a variety of colors.

New Overhead Light Fixtures

a kitchen with bright overhead lighting Overhead light plays a significant role in that they improve the appearance of the room. There is a variety of different styles to choose from including flush-mounted, pendants, chandeliers, and more. You can even choose the finish of the metal, if the glass is frosted or clear, or if it has lamp shades or not. Choosing an overhead light fixture can be a great way to further cement the kitchen’s style.

Countertops

Countertops are one of the most prominent features in a kitchen, so you need to put some extra care into picking the right type. 

Resealing Countertops

If your old countertops are still suitable for use, and you like how they look, go ahead and keep using them if you can. However, you may need to reseal your countertops in order to bring them up to peak condition. Countertops that may need resealing can be made from marble, granite, and other materials that can slowly wear down over time. You should reseal these types of countertops every three to five years for the best results.

Countertop Materials

There is a large variety of different types of countertops out there for you to choose from, and they come in materials that are much more varied than just marble and laminate. Here are some of the different countertop materials you can pick from:

Granite

Of all the natural stone choices, granite is one fo the most popular. Granite makes for extremely durable countertops, and every piece looks unique, even if two slabs are taken from the same source.

Concrete

Concrete is a good choice if you want to focus on durability. It’s also a unique choice because concrete isn’t widely seen in homes, so it can be a good choice for industrial style homes or even just as a conversation starter.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramics tiles are one of the most popular countertop choices. They’re affordable and don’t absorb moisture like other materials do, and they’re fairly easy to install, even for less experienced DIYers.

Laminate

Also known as Formica, laminate countertops are an affordable option that comes in a wide variety of different colors and patterns that can even mimic other coutertop materials like granite or wood.

Wood

a kitchen with wood countertops and white cupboards Wood countertops are becoming a more popular choice becuase they’re eco-friendly, especially if you use reclaimed wood. Wood countertops are more delicate than stone or plastic countertops, but they give kitchens a classic look that can be difficult to acquire otherwise. 

Floors

A good floor can tie a room together, so it’s important to pick the right type for the job. However, you may already have a floor that you want to keep.

Resealing Floors

Resealing of the floor helps to renew the floor surface with an excellent finish. Resealing helps hide scratches and helps the floor look new again. You should reseal your floor regularly in order to keep it in good condition.

Replacing Tiles

If you have tile floors, you may have tiles that have cracked or even broken. The biggest problem with tile floors is that it’s difficult to replace tiles should that happen. If you want to replace specific tiles, you should work with a contractor to ensure that the job is done correctly.

Floor Materials

If you want to replace your floor, sturdy floors are the best for kitchens due to how common spills and drops are while cooking. And for the same reason, you should also look into materials that are easy to clean. Here are some of the different popular choices for kitchen floors:

Hardwood

Hardwood floors have always been and always will be popular in homes. This is a classic choice that will look good in nearly any setting and also be able to withstand the heat of the kitchen.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a popular alternative to hardwood floors due to how much more affordable it is. It can also look similar. The biggest difference between bamboo and hardwood is the price and that bamboo is a bit softer.

Vinyl

Vinyl comes in many different colors and patterns, so you can get it to mimic hardwood or tile. It’s an affordable choice, but it isn’t the most durable. 

Linoleum

Linoleum is hygienic because it is antibacteria, and it resists water, heat, and scratches. Linoleum is a good choice for kitchens in particular because it’s easy to clean, but it has a tendency to discolor over time. 

Tile

Tile is a popular choice for kitchen floors as they can withstand heavy foot traffic, spills, and they don’t absorb bacteria or odors. They are durable, and you can pick from many different colors and patterns.

Walls and Windows

With so much renovating going on, your walls and windows will likely need some help in order to bring them up to snuff compared to the rest of the kitchen.

A New Coat of Paint

a man in a kitchen filled with painting supplies The easiest way to update any room is by giving it a new coat of paint. When choosing a color for a kitchen, be sure to get a paint with a satin or semi-gloss finish. These finishes are a bit shinier than other paint finishes, so they’re easier to clean if something splatters on them. They’re also more durable, so they won’t wear away when you clean them.

Kitchen Color Options

The most common colors for your kitchen may include blue, yellow, grey, white, and green. However, if you’re remodeling in preparation to sell, stick to something neutral in order to appeal to a wider audience.

Red is a warm color that some people believe that it stimulates the appetite. Red accents may be good additions on the walls or cupboards. On the other hand, white energizes a room and makes it feel more fresh and clean.

Any color can look great in a kitchen. It’s just a matter of choosing something that fits well with everything already in the kitchen.

New Curtains

When choosing curtains, look for the curtains that let in natural light. Natural light always helps brighten a room more than artificial light does. When looking for colors, you can pick something that’s complementary to the colros alrady in the kitchen, or you can choose a bright accent color that adds variety to the space. 

 

When should You Hire a Contractor?

a blurry contractor talking on a phone behind a desk with a hard hat on it It’s important to know your own abilities before you attempt big projects like installing new countertops or cabinets. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to finish a job, you should definitely hire a contractor. However, if you have a tool kit and know to do the job and do it well, feel free to do them on your own. 

When you hire a contractor, be sure to research them thoroughly and read reviews from people who have hired them in the past. Once you’ve found one who seems like a good fit for your project, call them and discuss the logistics and numbers for everything.

Conclusion

A kitchen is easily one of the most important spaces in a home, so it deserves to look its best. We hope this article has provide some inspiration and motivation for how you can renovate your kitchen and take it from just alright to great. Summer and fall are great times to renovate a home, so grab your metal tool box and get to it before the weather turns sour.