Renovation of kitchen is often a very expensive and time consuming project. However, it doesn’t mean that you must continue to have a tired looking old fashioned kitchen where you spend a good amount of time regularly. There are inexpensive tricks that give an entirely new look to your old kitchen.
Paint Kitchen Cabinets
If the cabinets in your old kitchen are sturdy and not deformed, you can give them a new inviting look by applying a coat of fresh paint. Painting of such cabinets is neither very expensive nor too difficult as most homeowners are equipped to do the job without any hired help. The process consists of simply removing the cabinet doors and the hardware, followed by cleaning with a sandpaper to get rid of the old paint and finally applying paint with matt finish in a color of your choice.
Here are some tips and design ideas while painting kitchen cabinets:
* Apply a deeper color on the lower cabinets as compared to the upper cabinets
* Let the kitchen island be in a different color than the border
* Get started by painting only one cabinet door, shift it around the kitchen and see how the color behaves in different lighting and then paint the rest of the cabinets
* The color of the cabinets should be in contrast to the color of the kitchen wall
* Other than the color of the paint, it’s the installation of new hardware that gives your kitchen a new look. After you remove the old hardware, make sure that you fill in the gaps with wood putty before application of paint or drilling of new holes, if needed.
Paint Laminate Kitchen Counters
Laminate makes an affordable and reasonably long lasting kitchen counter. It may get scratched, stained and begins to look discolored after prolonged use. If your budget doesn’t permit complete replacement, you can repaint or refinish your existing counter.
You get refinishing kits for laminated counters that make your old counter look like polished granite. It required a coat of base paint, over which a layer of mica chips is laid and finally a top coat of varnish is applied that seals the counter, giving it the needed depth. If you find that to be a bit too tedious or your budget is quite limited, you may just apply a coat of paint followed by some varnish to get a brighter counter.
Install Some Backsplash Tile
Installation of a new backlash is an excellent way of adding a bit of color and gives it a new design. In case your present kitchen has a backsplash of just four inches, consider adding some tiles to get a different new look. It’s not a very time consuming process. Old tiles in the backlash can be removed easily by using a chisel and hammer. However, if there are any damaged areas on the wall at the back of backsplash, the same need to be refilled and patched up.
You may use kitchen backsplash made of any material, in any color and design of your choice, and thus improve the overlooks of your kitchen. You may use cork tiles to get a bright and modern look, or perhaps you may prefer to have tumbled stone tiles that add depth and rustic beauty to the kitchen. Simple addition of tiles, with or without any other kitchen updates, is the simplest way of changing the feel and overall looks of the entire kitchen area.
You may undertake renovation of the kitchen in one go or in different phases, but be sure to maintain the continuity of the design, so that all the items look quite interrelated. This way you can quickly update your old kitchen and give it a new look without spending a lot of time or money.