Updating a kitchen and making a few remodeling changes to the space is an important part of getting the most out of your home. A kitchen is a place where friends and family gather and enjoy making meals together. Having an up-to-date kitchen that looks amazing starts by simply making a few changes to the original kitchen. Depending on the preferred changes to the space, remodeling a kitchen can become a big project, but for most homes a couple of easy changes are all that is needed to update and improve the kitchen.
Sprucing up the Cabinets
Updating the cabinetry is often one of the easiest projects in the kitchen because it is not usually difficult to change out the wood cabinets. The exact method of removing and replacing the cabinets or updating the cabinets will depend on the particular kitchen and the type of cabinetry already in place.
A home that already has beautiful cabinets that are just too dark, too light, or in need of a little improvement can opt to strip the wood, sand it, and then refinish the wood until it creates the style and look preferred. This is the simplest method of improving the cabinets and is most appropriate when the original cabinets are not a major issue in the kitchen. To change the color, wood staining is used after stripping and before using a finishing project to make the color a little darker or lighter according to personal preferences.
In cases where the cabinets are not pleasing, it is necessary to take out the old cabinetry and put in the new. This project is often more involved and in many cases will require professional installation to avoid complications.
Changing the Flooring
Flooring is one of the elements in a kitchen that often shows the age of the home and space. Changing the flooring will help make the whole kitchen look amazing and updated without turning the remodeling project into a complete overhaul of the original kitchen.
The exact method of changing the flooring depends on the original floor and the preferred new flooring material. Different types of floors will have various degrees of simplicity when it comes to pulling out the old floor and putting in a new floor.
Despite the challenges of changing the original flooring based on variation between materials and installation, most kitchen floors are tile. Tile flooring is pulled off with an appropriate tool and then new tile is put down according to the particular directions of the material. In most cases, grout is laid down first and then the tile is placed over it, though variations in installation will exist.
If you want to go the easiest route, some laminate floorings snap or glue into place, which is simpler than laying down tile, slate, or similar flooring options.
Putting in New Appliances
The best way to instantly update and improve the kitchen is putting in new appliances. Putting in brand-new refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and other large appliances will improve the look of the entire space without tearing up the kitchen. Simply changing appliances like a refrigerator will make the kitchen look different and new without labor-intensive or expensive changes to the cabinets, counters, floors, walls or other aspects of the kitchen.
Remodeling a kitchen does not necessarily mean pulling apart the entire space and changing every element. It is possible to make the kitchen look amazing with a few simple changes that update the space and are not as complicated as other projects. A kitchen is a gathering place for families and it deserves updated appliances, floors, cabinets, and other elements to feel comfortable.
Photo credit: Kitchen remodel by Diane Reed/flickr
Nancy Porter is an interior decorator and blogs on behalf of RefrigeratorHeadquarters.com a site where you can find all sorts of helpful reviews on various brands and models of refrigerators!