If your kitchen is beginning to look weathered and worn, but you aren't in a financial situation to do a complete remodel, you may think you are stuck with things the way they are. Remodeling portions of the kitchen and updating others is a great way to revive your tired kitchen while staying within your budget. Begin with one or two of the following options and add new features as time and money allows.
Create a Pantry: This may require some remodeling, but you may be pleasantly surprised to learn how easy it is to transform that broom closet into a streamlined and functional pantry. Start by removing everything inside the closet, including the existing shelves. This gives you a clean slate for designing your custom pantry. Clean the closet thoroughly, washing down the walls, floor and ceiling. This is a great time to add a fresh coat of paint. While white gives a clean, sleek look to the pantry, don't be afraid to use bright colors that coordinate with the colors of your kitchen, as the inside of the pantry will show every time you open the doors. Look for adjustable shelving, pullout drawers and shelves and organizers that will fit into your space. If you can't find what you are looking for at your local home improvement center, talk to your contractor about custom built shelving.
Update the Cabinets: If your existing kitchen cabinets are in good shape, you don't need to the replace the cabinet boxes to change the look and feel of your cabinets. The cabinet doors can be removed and replaced with new doors to update the look of your kitchen. If replacing the cabinet doors is not an option, consider sanding down and painting the existing doors with a fresh, new color. For a traditional look, creamy yellow with crisp white accents can be used. To add elegance to the room, paint the cabinets black and use brass knobs and pulls and accent it with sand-colored countertops. If you have stainless steel appliances, try shades of gray for the cabinets to make a dramatic statement.
Add New Wall Color: You may be surprised by the difference changing the color of the walls makes in your kitchen. If you currently have traditional off white or yellow walls in your kitchen, consider updating to more current kitchen colors. Try pairing dark gray with navy blue or soft gold and use beige as an accent, or used muted reds, greens or blue for a down-home country feel.
Paint the Ceiling: Painting the ceiling in darker colors like red or midnight blue can make a striking impression in any room, and the kitchen is no exception. This works well in rooms with lots of natural light and should be avoided in kitchens with only northern windows, as it may make the room appear small and dark.
Replace Countertops: Changing the countertops in your kitchen can make a huge difference in its appearance, especially if your current countertops are old or outdated. Consider granite, natural stone or butcher block to add a natural, earthy feel to the room. If you prefer a more industrial look, try stainless steel or concrete.
Replace the Flooring: Kitchen floors handle everything from heavy foot traffic to spills from foods and beverages. While the kitchen flooring needs to be durable it doesn't need to be boring. Explore the many options and colors available and choose one that fits with the overall style of your kitchen.
The great thing about remodeling or updating your kitchen is that you don't need to do everything at once. But do keep in mind the final look you want to achieve and choose colors and styles that will work in the end design. Once you have your design plan, contact a remodeling service like Century Roofing Company Inc to get started.