When anyone does their kitchen, they tend to go all-out, but that can be expensive. This is especially true when people start changing the location of their sinks and dream of a backsplashes on three-to-four walls. You don’t have to change everything in your kitchen to experience a major change. Consider these tips for your mini kitchen renovation.
Lighting sets the mood of any atmosphere. If you get it wrong, the setting is drab, which is not the impression your kitchen should give. It’s the room in the house people most often meet. Lighting doesn’t have to be expensive either. You could opt for a solar LED light string strung around an old log, or use the same kind of lights in the corner on a plant. If your cabinets don’t meet the ceiling, consider placing LED strip lighting as an above-the-cabinet form of indirect lighting. This creates contrast by accentuating the ceiling and providing a shadow beneath the cabinets.
The good news about cabinets is that you don’t have to entirely replace them to make them look new. You can change out the hardware, the doors, polish them, stain them and paint them. You also have the option of taking off the doors entirely to showcase your shelves. Unless you have wonderful knobs and handles already, it would be a good idea to get a new set. If you decide to change the doors, you will need to know exact measurements. If you want the impression of new cabinets, kitchen cabinet refacing is an economical option. Giving a new surface to the exterior of your cabinets provides a completely different and fresh look. Using this method, you don’t have to remove or rearrange your existing cabinets.
Your flooring options are just as varied as your cabinets, and it drastically changes the appearance of your kitchen. You need to decide what kind of flooring you want: hardwood, tile, laminate or polished concrete. If you have existing hardwood, you may be able to resurface it to a beautiful shine. If you’re looking for a rustic look, reclaimed wood is an excellent option. Another economical option to creating the appearance of hardwood flooring is using engineered flooring, which offers other perks. For example, engineered wood is comprised of different types of wood and uses differential grain direction between the layers to increase its strength and durability. Cork and bamboo offer greener solutions to hardwood flooring. Traditional tile is still highly preferred by many, and laminate flooring is more durable than in the past. You can’t get more simplistic than polished concrete. Polished concrete can take on any look you can imagine. It can be stained, made to mimic marble and other types of flooring, and it can be made to appear wet with a high-reflective shine.
With paint, you can recreate the look of the entire room by creating new dimensions on the walls. Use two separate colors to add stripes to your walls. If you want your kitchen to appear larger, use horizontal stripes. If you want to draw the eyes to a focal point, use vertical stripes in one area. Paint can be used to create backsplashes as well. If you want a geometrical design, use tape and several colors of paint. Murals are a popular option as well. To create depth, use a combination of gloss and matte paints. Gloss paint stands out.
Most of all, don’t be afraid to explore all of your kitchen’s possibilities. You may come up with something that no one else has, and that’d be wonderful. People were dumpster-diving before repurposing became a trend. Sure, you might want something a little cleaner, but you never know where a curious mind can take you. Have fun with it.