Kitchen remodeling in a down economy – part 2.


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In the next part of the series, I show you four more ideas to refresh your kitchen on a budget.

Replace the kitchen floor

Besides the countertop and the cabinets, the floor is the third element which determines the look of your kitchen. You need to be careful on floor choice though – kitchen floors need to be durable to resist to the tear and wear you will subject it to. If you don’t have a ton of money to spend, you can choose stone (again, local sourcing will help you), tiles or vinyl. If you like wood better, get laminate or engineered hardwood floor. Probably hardwood is   better, as laminate does not really like water that much.

For more information on hardwood flooring, I’ve already written on my adventure with it.

Change the window covering

Windows – if you have them – are always an important focal point of your kitchen. When talking about window covering, I don’t really mean curtains – they are a bit ‘too much’ for a kitchen, not to mention their ability to collect smells, etc. pretty quickly. Instead, you can use swags or blinds. Again, I recommend a wooden blind instead of a roman blind made of textile.

Behind the scenes – organisation

Believe me, nothing can do as much good to any kitchen as a good old-fashoned all-around rub and cleaning. Does not cost you an arm and leg, but gives one hell of a difference.

If there are lots of unused stuff in your kitchen, you can get rid of them by giving it away or recycle them. Reorganizing the kitchen will make your kitchen look larger. A cluttered kitchen tend to look small and crowded.

Storage trays

Storage trays are a great way to practically fill awkward spaces.

Storage trays help to increase the storage space in the kitchen. The storage trays can be installed at the back of the false drawer fronts of the kitchen sink and stove. With the storage trays, you can significantly reduce the clutter around the sink and stove. You can buy storage trays from the home improvement store and fix it yourself. Another benefit is that in a tray you’ll find things much faster than in a normal cabinet, as you don’t need to get everything out to reach the back of it.

Do it yourself

If you feel like a DIY-er, choose to do things yourself. It’s a great feeling to accomplish something with your own hand, and not just that, you will actually enjoy the process too! (okay, not on the same level all the time – ups and downs may happen)

And the results..

See what a few little things like reorganising and refinishing your cabinets can do – no clutter at all!

Kitchen before

Kitchen after

  • About
  • Kitchen remodeling in a down economy – part 1.
  • Tip of the day: Reface your cabinets
  • Step 4 – How to Hire a Remodeling Contractor
  • A New Kitchen Step-by-Step
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    #1 best pot rack on 04.28.11 at 12:21 pm

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    Much more efficient! Good job.

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