Revitalizing and renovating a kitchen can be a tricky affair: not only do you have to decide what you must change, but you must also decide where to best spend your money. And dollar for dollar, new cabinet doors are one of the best investments. The reasons are simple: every day, your cabinet doors are opened a number of times and over a period, they suffer wear and tear. Even if the doors may not ‘look’ old, the hinges, for example, tend to get loose.
Think about how you can function without a working kitchen. Utilize small appliances and keep your pantry stocked with nonperishable grab-and-go items. Use biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils since you won’t have a working dishwasher. Take advantage of a grill or outdoor cooking area if you have one. You may also want to consider eating out with family or friends more often. Being prepared ahead of time will greatly alleviate any stress you may have without a functioning kitchen during the remodel.
Countertops, cabinets, and floor treatments may take center stage during a remodel, but the backsplash deserves attention as well. A color-coordinated backsplash made of wood, wallpaper, or tile can make a vibrant visual impact and enhance minute details of a modern kitchen. When selecting your backsplash material and design, ensure that the pattern plays well with the color palette and style of your kitchen. Homeowner Kristin Jackson's kitchen design received a beautiful visual boost from glossy white tiles arranged to mimic herringbone. The pop of pattern enlivens the sleek setup without overwhelming the space.
Backsplash racks offer easy access and stylish storage. Most versions take just a few minutes to install. Type “backsplash rack” into any online search engine to find a range of styles. You’ll also find a range of prices (up to $60 per foot!). The stainless steel rails shown here cost about $3 per foot, and add-on shelves and bins range from $6 to $20 plus shipping at ikea.com.
When it comes to flooring, consider slip-resistance, ease of maintenance and porosity, suggests consultant Craig Verdon. Stone floors, which are somewhat porous, for instance, may need periodic resealing. If so, ask how often, and think about whether you want to deal with that process. “Hardwood floors are beautiful, but be aware that they wear out faster by the fridge, stove and sink than other areas,” he notes. “Hard, natural stone works wonderfully, and the earthy look and feel of it is very popular.”
When it comes to the colors it makes sense to spend some time picking the right color. Choose colors which create high visual impact and are in line with food. Then, there is the texture: satin and semi-gloss are some of the best options when it comes to the finish because they can be shiny/glossy enough to clean up, yet flat in its appearance to hide imperfections.
When updating your kitchen backsplash, consider whether you want to incorporate new changes to the material or re-do the existing design. If you are short on time and money, consider a simple coat of paint. This way, you can incorporate a variety of styles depending on your existing material or simply add a shade. If you are artistically inclined, use a stencil to create a design in a secondary accent color. Different kitchen backsplash ideas might be enough if you can’t afford a complete renovation.
If you do have the budget to rearrange appliances, make sure to keep your floor plan in mind. Does it follow the natural triangular traffic pattern between the refrigerator, stove, and oven? Is the dishwasher next to the sink? It should be, because otherwise, you create a mess every time you walk across the room with a dripping dish in your hand. To save money, I once put a dishwasher in the counter opposite the sink – and as a result, I cleaned up drips on the floor for years.