5 One-Day Kitchen Reno DIY’s
Kitchens are an integral part of any home. It’s often why they’re placed the way they are in the home. Unfortunately, due to the amount of use they get they often need to be “freshened up” from time-to-time. If a month-long renovation isn’t for you, here are 5 one-day renovation ideas for the kitchen that might keep yours the “hub of the home” as it was meant to be.
1. The Quickest Change for Less Than $400
Paint can transform any room. However, by adding under-counter lighting and picking out new cabinet pulls and knobs the change is magical. These are all simple to do and can completely change a look for very little money.
Any renovation requires research, preparation, planning and shopping prior to beginning but especially so when attempting a one-day project.
2. Turning Your Kitchen From Drab to Fab
There’s no reason that styles can’t blend well into a look that takes a kitchen from drab to fab. To add a bit of pop to any look without breaking the bank, add stainless steel tiles to the top of a shorter back-splash, faux stainless-steel film to appliance fronts and change out sink fixtures. Tile options can be found at www.familyhandyman.com/kitchen/stainless-steel-kitchen-backsplash/step-by-step.
Make sure that when using stainless steel all metal finishes match. It will make a more cohesive look. Also, remember that a one-day project is a great time to bring out a knowledgeable plumber who can ensure that no other problems are buried inside walls and beneath floors. See tomdrexlerplumbing.com for more information.
3. A Quick Way to Display Your Best Dishes
Love the look of open shelving but not sure if it’s for you? Simply remove the doors of upper cabinets, apply painter’s tape in vertical stripes to cabinet backs then paint a bold color. Remove the tape to see your new look. Fill in the holes left after removing the hinges with putty then touch up with paint. When replaced, the dishes are suddenly the focal point. See the finished look at thistlewoodfarms.com/how-to-update-kitchen-cabinets-for-under-10-and-a-giveaway/.
Be sure and store the doors in a safe place. If you find the look doesn’t work for you just replace the doors.
4. From Bedroom to Kitchen
Dressers aren’t just for bedrooms anymore. In fact, with a little ingenuity they can become a kitchen island. A dresser in the center of the kitchen can create instant storage, a workable surface area and even seating. The top drawer is great for utensils while removing the center one or two drawers (be sure and leave the bottom one) and adding cabinet doors adds storage for mixing bowls and equipment.
For wooden dressers, remove paint and/or other finishing from the top, sand and treat before using. The back of the dresser can be dressed up with bead board or paint.
5. Simple Additions Can Make a Huge Impact
Perk up the look of flat cabinet doors by adding molding such as baseboards, decorative corners, bead board panels, shelf brackets and much more. Just about anything can be added to convert a flat look into molded cabinet doors. For how to achieve a completely new look go to http://inmyownstyle.com/2010/01/diy-kitchen-makeover.html.
If also painting the cabinets be sure and allow more time.
The good thing about one-day DIY kitchen projects is that a completely fresh look can be achieved in no time for little money. As with any project, however, be sure and do the research and planning required to complete everything you want within your given time limit and budget.