In kitchen renovations, changing the cabinets can change the entire look of your space. Cabinets can set the tone for the room and can make the space look more updated and modern, but you don’t have to do costly replacements for an update. As long as your cabinets are functional, there is no need to buy all new cabinets. Save yourself the headache of weeks spent without a kitchen, and follow these simple tips and tricks to help you update the look of your space while saving money for other parts of your renovation.
It might seem like an obvious solution, but after you wash, prime, and paint your cabinets, your kitchen can look completely fresh. Even a new stain could dramatically change the look of your kitchen. Make sure to consult with your salesman on the best paint for the job, as a durable paint is needed due to the fluctuations in temperature and humidity that often result from cooking. The kitchen is often the most used room in the home, and spending a little extra money on a durable paint will ensure you aren’t doing touch ups within a few short months.
Believe it or not, the hardware on your cabinets can also change the entire look of your kitchen. The pulls on the doors can be purchased online or in stores, and this small update will cost much, much less than brand new cabinets. Don’t forget to also add matching hinges on the cabinets if you choose this option.
If you need a little more of a lift than paint or hardware can provide, consider refacing. In this option, the doors and draw faces are removed and replaced. This is much cheaper than starting from scratch and usually only takes two to four days, depending on the size of your kitchen.
There are three general types of materials available for this option. The first option is a plastic laminate that’s often available in a rainbow of colors. However, this material is limited in terms of shape. You also have the option of rigid thermofoils which come in more shapes than the laminate, but fewer colors. This option also includes realistic wood coverings. Finally, you also have the choice of wood veneers. Veneers are available in nearly any type of lumber, and they are an attractive money-saving option.
A more modern solution to this issue is to do away with the cabinet doors altogether! Removing cabinet doors can create an open and casual feel in your kitchen. If you’re starting from scratch or if the above options do not appeal to you, a great option would be to install shelving instead of cabinets. Not only is it modern, but it is cost effective, too! Open shelving can put all of your pieces on display, as if in a museum. There are a ton of great options floating around for you to check out on the Internet if you’re interested in this style.
Kitchen renovations don’t have to break the bank. Adding small facelifts like the suggestions above can keep costs down in a large renovation, or provide a much needed update while you’re saving up for a full renovation. Even small renovations can go wrong, though, if you aren’t careful. Hiring a contractor for advice and assistance is a great way to ensure that your project goes exactly as planned. If you’re in the DC/ MD/ VA area, contact Hartman Construction today. This family business may be small, but they’re capable of tackling even the largest projects. Their exceptional service, their honest and up-front estimates, and their dedication to completing your work on-time and on-budget ensure that your project will be a success. For more information, visit HartmanCanBuild.com today.