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When Your Kitchen Needs a “Refresh Button"

By: Linda Fennessy on Aug 24, 2017

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Remodeling takes place in both big and small packages - budget packages, that is. You don't have to take out a second mortgage on your newly purchased home, nor should you suffer the well-intentioned, but unprofessional, finishes yielded from YouTube-based DIY attempts.

Refresh is a broad statement

Refreshing an outdated kitchen can happen when you change out any part of the kitchen. Depending on what you change and how you change it will greatly affect the cost. This can go from a minute purchase to something equal to 5 mortgage payments.   

3 Places to Start When an Outdated Kitchen Needs a Refresh

The biggest bang for your buck will come from updating the cabinets. Eighty percent of the vertical space in your kitchen is cabinetry.  We’ve outlined three affordable steps you can take right now when an outdated kitchen needs a “refresh button".

Throw on a new coat of paint

This IS a DIY move you can make on your own or enlist the help of family and friends. You supply the paint, brushes and pizza (wine and beer are always nice) and the labor is free.

This option is best when you want to change a wood grain to a solid color like white or gray, which is really trending right now. The cabinets will need to be lightly sanded first. This is the part of the project, you may have trouble getting volunteers for. You’ll be happy with the results, as this completely updates the cabinetry with a new look and color.

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Reface the cabinets

A good substitute would be refacing the cabinets for about half the cost of replacing them, and in just 4 simple steps - and we do all the work. At the same time, you:

  • Spare yourself the mess and hassle of your own DIY attempts
  • Save landfills from unworthy cabinet boxes (75% of existing cabinet materials will remain in place)
  • Benefit from sturdier-than-new cabinet boxes from the double-lamination process
  • Save yourself the embarrassment of an outdated look when showing off your new home.

Refacing kitchen cabinets packs an incredibly powerful design punch, updating most of the what you see in the kitchen. Refacing allows you to replace all the doors and drawers, laminating the cabinet boxes to match.

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Refinish or restain, its the same thing

Stain is the best way to maintain the integrity of good quality cabinets and the door style, only updating the shade of the stain. Going this traditional route, the knots and grains of the wood will remain the same. Oak in particular has an intense grain that adds character to a kitchen.

The process is slightly labor intensive and there are some ventilation precautions that should be adhered to but your backyard or a garage should be a good work area. Staining can be a time-sponge so make sure your schedule is freed up for a while. You will need to empty out the cabinets, take them apart, unhinge, sand (precisely), stain, dry and then put back together. But hey, think of all the togetherness you’ll have with your spouse!

We love showing people how much a kitchen can be refreshed with the most modest of budgets. Living with a kitchen that’s a flashback from the 1970s has many drawbacks. The kitchen should be more than the work horse of the home, it’s the place you start each day and invite friends and family. Considering a refresh goes far deeper than a cosmetic update, it’s the room where your life happens.

Topics: Kitchen Design

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