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Kitchen Makeover

Whether you’re moving into a new home or buying a rental property, it makes sense to undo some of the choices made by previous owners. Find inspiration for your kitchen makeover here.

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Kitchen Layout

The classic work triangle recommends the total length between the stove, sink and refrigerator be between 12 and 22 feet.   Evaluate your space.  This is the perfect time to rearrange ill-fitted layouts into desirable work zones.

Kitchen Demolition

Before you begin tearing things apart, decide which pieces you wish to save for reuse later.  Sinks and cabinets are likely contenders, but countertops and appliances are also viable. Make a plan to gently dismantle your existing kitchen.

Seal off the kitchen from the rest of your home to minimize dust and dirt spreading through the house. Carefully remove the items you wish to salvage, as well as pieces you can donate to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

Paint the Kitchen

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A fresh coat of paint for the walls and ceiling instantly updates the look of your every kitchen.  Lighter colors typically make a space feel spacious and bright, while darker hues create warmth and intimacy.

Regardless of the palette you choose, consider the finish. Consult a paint professional about ease of cleaning and durability for a high traffic area, like the kitchen, to find the right solution for your home.

Paint the Cabinets

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If you elect to re-use your existing cabinetry, a new coat of paint breathes new life into an old space. 

  1. Clean the cabinets with a mixture of TSP (tri-sodium phosphate), a heavy-duty powder cleaner and water. 
  2. Sand them using 150-grit sandpaper, followed by steel wool to roughen the polyurethane and leave the surface oil-free.
  3. Apply a coat of primer and let dry completely.
  4. Apply between one and three coats of latex paint, keeping in mind that semi-gloss and satin finishes are easier to clean than flat paint.
Good to Know

Don’t get discouraged.  Light colors often require more coats for complete coverage.

Hardware

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Updating your hinges, knobs and pulls is an easy way to make a big change in your kitchen without a big financial investment.  Interesting choices are available in a variety of finishes. So, you’re sure to find a compliment to your style, whether you prefer something contemporary or classic.

Update the Flooring

Beautiful floors are available at every price point.  Do your homework to make sure you find the choice that agrees with your lifestyle and cleaning habits. 

If you have old linoleum floors, they may be covered with self-adhesive vinyl squares. 

  1. Clean the floor with TSP.
  2. Apply a quality floor primer.
  3. Apply a liquid underlayment to fill in cracks for a smooth surface.
  4. Place the self-adhesive squares.

Change the Countertops

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When selecting a countertop, consider your cooking needs and willingness to maintain the surface.  Laminate, Solid Surface, Granite and Quartz countertops create today’s most popular choices.  But, to maximize your budget or create a custom kitchen experience, don’t be afraid to mix materials.

The result of your efforts is a refreshed space that creates joy in the heart of your home.  Not to mention the added financial value.  Remember, all it takes is a little time and effort to make a big change in your kitchen.