Has your kitchen style and design begun to fade or is becoming a bit outdated and out of style? Does your lighting feel off or dim? Are your appliances newer than they should be? Do you have ways to save money with your daily food budget? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then it’s time to take a step back and look at your kitchen remodel needs. While the task may seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Even with a limited budget, you can be satisfied that you’ve made the right decision and invested in the right product.
Take the scenario above: your kitchen remodels needs a re-analysis and older update. You are considering performing the renovation yourself. You’re going to need a complete and detailed plan that includes removing anything unsightly, chips or scratches, and/or painting your cabinets. You will also want to start a cabinet re-design wish list and determine which items or appliances you want to be replaced. When completing all necessary steps, you will need to list down all the new appliances, flooring, countertops, cabinets, countertop materials, cabinet doors, paint colors, cabinet hardware, and plumbing accessories. Here are 3 simple and helpful DIY remodeling suggestions and guides:
Save on Your Budget
There are several fairly easy and quick choices to cut corners and save money:
- Remove cabinet doors and paint them with stain or varnish – If you’re going the exterior route of remodeling, this choice will save you a lot of time and energy. Your cabinets will look brand new with a fresh coat of paint on the doors. Do not remodel, just paint.
- Purchase area rugs for your kitchen, dining, or living area – This is a great way to add some color and design to a room. Area rugs can also make your room appear larger, therefore making your room feel more spacious (good for small spaces).
- Re-size your appliances – When all else fails, remember to re-size your refrigerator or stove. You can get rid of items that are not used frequently and add items that may have become outdated and no longer work efficiently for your family.
- Add missing cabinet pulls – This solution is a no-brainer and really is only a couple of screws for most cabinets. Many cabinets are “puck” and can not be shortened so removing the hinges (either handles that are attached to the door or cabinet front itself) is the least expensive and easiest solution.
- Having your kitchen remodeled and looking for affordable appliances can be a challenge. Many home improvement stores are going out of business, retailers (especially gas tool retailers) are going out of business, and even big box stores have been known to close and close some stores at a time or place! But now there is one place that is open 24/7 and doesn’t close – Home Depot. I would highly recommend visiting this big box store. You can find your appliances there at a discount price, and then you can save more by having them delivered or going through Home Depot and picking up your purchases at the same time you are shopping for your home. These appliances are affordable and are great appliances. These appliances are certified energy-efficient and do not break the bank. These appliances really aim to replace that worn-out appliance that was driving you crazy. Home Depot has combined popularity and price (cheaper) and offers them all under one brand. The brand makes a great investment and will save you money over time.
- French door Refrigerator – No more are we going to throw away the old refrigerator just because it did not fit or had an odd size. The experts at Home Depot were able to create an ice-maker inside of the refrigerator and Waterford revamped it all. Now, these refrigerators come in a wider range of sizes and are much more efficient. Many people are switching over to these fridges because they are very useful and extremely space-friendly.
- Lighting – Okay, Everyone can enjoy a beautiful crystal chandelier, the neutral color for our homes, and adding up a chandelier to the ceiling. But adding up lighting to the ceiling can be an eye-sore and can make our homes feel small or closed up. A great way to add uplighting is with a lamp table. This will not only add up more lighting but provide a good focal point for eating and conversation, as well as add up an additional balance of visual light, to make everything seems brighter and airier.
- Paint or Wallpaper – Moving to a different color in our kitchen walls or exiling our wallpapers sounds like a bold move. But, contrary to what some think, redecorating is the ultimate way to express ourselves. It also lets us become more comfortable and after all those retail therapy sessions, it’s great to get out of the house and feel more alive!