The first step in planning your kitchen remodel is to identify your goal. Is your intent to improve the functionality of the room? Are you attempting to increase your home equity with upgrades?
Maybe you are just sick and tired of the color scheme or style of decor. The first two objectives are time consuming, expensive and honestly, not highly recommended in the current real estate market. If you want to give your kitchen a face lift the good news is there are plenty of things you can do that make a big impact for a small investment.
You will get the most bang for your buck from paint. You can paint your walls and trim in a fresh new palette. Cabinets can usually be painted as well. If you are considering giving that a try please do your homework. Some cabinets tend to be better candidates than others and certain paint finishes provide better results.
Another quick change you can make is your cabinet hardware. If you have exposed hinges then stick with that same finish or a coordinating one and replace only the handles and pulls. While you can easily spend several hundreds on new hardware with some smart shopping you can get a new look for less than fifty bucks. Another option for a total hardware change is to spray paint with one of the metallic finish paints. You’ll need to apply several coats of clear sealer over the new color for durability. No instant gratification with this method though since you must allow plenty of drying time with each coat.
Are there windows in your kitchen? Consider adding or changing window treatments to a true neutral or coordinate with your new color scheme. The back splash trend shows no signs of slowing down. This is a project with nearly endless possibilities. Your only limitations will be your wallet and imagination. Look in any home improvement store or on line for inspiration.
If you can handle a little electrical work you can also freshen up your kitchen lighting. This is another area where there is a huge range of products readily available. Lighting is one of those things you don’t really think about unless a bulb is out but an outdated fixture will definitely put on damper on your other efforts. There have been tremendous changes in the fluorescent lighting world and if you have an older bulky fluorescent fixture please check out the newer T5 and T8 fixtures. Add a couple of new or renewed decorative accessories and enjoy your new kitchen.