Any home renovation is an exciting endeavor and it can be tempting to dive right in. You’ve found the perfect tile and paint, what more could be needed? But before you start swinging a sledgehammer, here are five important steps to take before a kitchen renovation.
Nobody likes talking about money because there never seems to be enough for the dream project. So start by being realistic. Whatever your top budget to spend on a kitchen renovation is, set your goal for 80% of that. There will always be unforeseen costs associated with a kitchen renovation so it’s important to set aside money. It’s never fun to live with a half-finished kitchen.
Think about your overall theme of your new kitchen. It can be tempting to go out and purchase pieces of your new kitchen as you find them, but this can lead to a disjointed room. Think about what style you want: modern, rustic, country. What color palette: neutral, bold, soft. Make sure that your design theme will be something you will want to have for years to come. Nobody wants to start a new kitchen renovation right after the previous one is finished.
3. What Can Be Saved
It might be nice to start fresh but keeping some existing features will save you money that you can allocate to more important items. If your fridge works just fine and will fit with the new theme, then keep it. If you’re not sure about saving existing items, try deep-cleaning them. Chances are you’ll have a greater appreciation for an oven that looks sparkling.
4. Do It Yourself
Hiring a kitchen renovation company is a great idea. They are the experts and you can depend on their quality and craftsmanship. It’s also nice to put a bit of elbow grease into a project. Go through your kitchen and make a list of what you can do yourself. Maybe you’re an expert tiler. Leave the countertops to the professionals and work on the floor yourself. Just make sure you’re realistic about your abilities. Even if you think you can complete part of a kitchen renovation yourself, the results might not be what you hope for.
Just like your budget, take your timeline projection and add to it. Nothing is ever completed on time. There can be hidden problems, permit delays, and maybe you just change your mind mid-way. Whatever comes up, it’s important to be realistic about your expectations. The more prepared you are for delays, the smoother everything will be.
Overhauling your kitchen is a sure way to create a new image of your home. To create a modern look for your kitchen, here are three easy ideas. But remember that you want to be comfortable in your own kitchen, so be sure that it represents who you are.
Keep it Minimal
A modern look for your kitchen must be kept minimal. Clutter was a thing of the past. This can be hard as kitchens are natural magnets for stuff, but it’s important to go through everything to decide if it’s worth keeping or not.
For small appliances, be sure to store them off the counter and in the cupboard. Unless you use a specific appliance everything day, put it away. Put toasters and coffee grinders in cupboards that are easily accessible. Other small appliances, like panini presses and blenders, can find in storage cupboards, or if need be, the garage. Also think if you really do use the device or if its use can be served in a different capacity. Chances are you don’t really need a toaster and a toaster oven.
Stainless Steel and White
To adhere to a modern scheme, opt for neutral colors like grey and white. Appliances should be stainless steel. Fixtures should be stainless steel or chrome. You can decide if you want shiny or matter finishes.
But take heart if these colors seem bland. A modern look for your kitchen can include color. If you want, pick a nice, bold accent color. Bright cherry red or deep mossy green will stand out on a wall. You can even add some wood if you want a warmer texture. Modern design has a lot of options, so be sure to find a way forward that suits your style.
Lighting is one of the best ways to get a modern look for your kitchen. Lighting can become dated rather and as a result, it can remind someone just when a kitchen was built. Boxed fluorescent lighting was popular in the 1980s and 1990s and if it remains in a kitchen, then the entire room can feel dated.
To finish off a modern kitchen light, opt for a unique pendant lamp. There are so many to choose from, either in store or online. These accent features will bring the eyes up from the ground or counter and towards the ceiling. As a result, the entire room has a modern feel to it.
In addition to a focal pendant light that hangs over the table or island, invest in other modern accent lights. Track lighting on the ceiling or pot lights under the cabinets should match the chrome or stainless steel décor. They should be smaller in size, but still have enough light to illuminate a work space. Instead of trying to light the entire kitchen, partition the lighting into zones. This will help create a more ambient mood.
Condo kitchens can feel small and as a result of the limited space, can quickly become disorganized. Here are four easy ways to create storage in your condo kitchen.
Under the Sink
The area under the sink is often forgotten when trying to create storage for your condo kitchen. It can be dirty and smelly. First, take everything out and give it a good clean. Then, invest in a garbage can that has a lid to eliminate smells.
Ideas for storage under the sink include a tension rod that can be hung across. Here you can store spray bottles which means other, heavier items can be stored on the ground below. You can also use the back of the cupboard door to store garbage bags or other cleaning supplies. Buy a few plastic baskets for the bottom to keep everything neat and tidy.
Above the Cabinets
Unless you have an ultra-modern kitchen, there will be a gap between the top of your kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. Use this space to create storage in your condo kitchen. But don’t just throw seldom-used gadgets up top. Instead, invest in a few baskets to make the space look like it was meant for storage.
Wire, wooden, or plastic baskets can all be used, depending on both your style and budget. If you can’t see through the baskets, be sure to put a label on the front to make it easier to find items in the future.
Sort through seasonal items, small gadgets and accessories for entertaining. Basically, anything that is not used on a weekly basis can go above the cabinet.
Peg Board Storage
Peg boards are an extremely versatile form of storage. While they are traditionally found in the garage due to their utilitarian look, they can still be used to create storage in your condo kitchen. The first thing to do is measure the space you have on a wall and then have the peg board cut. Then, pick a color and paint. This will allow the peg board to blend in with the décor rather than stand out.
Just about anything can be hung from a pegboard if you have hooks strong enough. Pots and pans can be hung. So can aprons and oven mitts. You can find special containers that clip to a peg board where you can store smaller items such as spatulas and cutlery. Keep the items that you most often use in the middle. Reserve the bottom and top of the peg board for items that are used less often.
Combine the Island with the Table
Sometimes the best way to create storage in your condo kitchen is to repurpose an existing element. If you have either an island or a table, combine them into one. Make sure the island has shelves underneath for storage. Invest in a few bar stools to reach the height. Now you have a dual-purpose element that saves space for other items.
Learning to love your condo kitchen can be challenging if you’re always disappointed in the lack of space. It’s easy to become envious of other people’s extravagant kitchens. But it is possible to create an elegant look in a condo kitchen. You just need to start by finding space in it.
Using condo kitchen appliances are the best way to find space. Most refrigerators and stoves come in smaller, apartment-size versions which will help free up space. They’re extremely practical because chances are if you live in a small condo, then you’re only cooking for one or two people.
As for other appliances, such as a dishwasher and a microwave, there are definitely smaller condo kitchen sizes available, but it’s important to consider if you really need them. Yes, a dishwasher is extremely convenient, but if it’s just one or two people who work, then chances are there won’t be too many dishes. However, if you like to entertain a lot, and hate washing up afterwards, then a dishwasher might be a good investment.
As for a microwave, while once considered the future of cooking, more and more people are actually ditching them for extra space. Leftovers can be re-heated in the oven, and who actually wants to eat a TV dinner?
Make sure that all of the wall space in your condo kitchen is being used. Start at the bottom, above the counter top, and go all the way to the ceiling. A magnetic knife rack can be easily installed on a wall, and keeps knives safe and secured. Install a shelf over the stove for spices. Use the tops of cabinets to store seasonal or fancy dishware that doesn’t have to be accessed on a daily basis.
Do you really need that?
The best way to find space in a condo kitchen is to be truly ruthless when it comes to stuff. This can be hard, especially if you are downsizing. Start with small appliances, that really aren’t very small. A panini press is a great tool, but if you only use it once a year, try to toast your sandwich in the oven instead. A griddle makes sense if you are cooking pancakes for a large family, but if it’s just one or two people, then a large frying pan will suffice. Think about how often you use each small appliance. Then, test out alternatives. You don’t need to throw out everything right away, but see if you can make do with other devices.
It’s a good idea to look at small objects, too. You can find different gadgets to peel an avocado, an orange, and an apple, but you could also just use a knife. Little things add up to a large amount of space, so think twice about how useful something actually seems.
Everything old is new again, and this applies to your kitchen. A popular theme for kitchens is a vintage look, which can leave you wondering just how to decorate a vintage kitchen. Here are some areas to focus on to get a classic look.
Vintage screams patterns. Vintage can actually mean a lot of different eras, from Victorian to 1970s, so be sure to pick a decade and stick to it. Whichever era you decide on will influence your pattern choice. Florals denote a more rustic, turn of the century charm, while paisleys will give a 1970s vibe.
To decorate a vintage kitchen with bold patterns, try to stick to one focus area. Otherwise, the patterns can become to distracting, especially in a smaller space. Options include floor tile, backsplash tile, or wallpaper. It might be a good idea to start with your patterned area, and then design around it. This way you can pick up accent colors within the tile or wallpaper, and coordinate around them.
Accessories are at the heart of planning to decorate a vintage kitchen, and are arguable the most fun to pick out. Again, your preferred design era will dictate the accessories. Classic ideas include a china tea set. It’s nice to have an open shelf for your tea set for others to admire. There’s no sense hiding a beautiful set behind a wooden door so that no one ever sees it. If possible, find a plate rack where you can show off china plates. This can go on the side of an island or on a wall.
If you’re going for a farmhouse feel, be sure to include practical elements. Canning is an essential part of farm life, so use mason jars as both accents and to store food items in. Check out local antique stores for a bread box or even a butter churn. Galvanized metal pails can act as a basket or a place to plant accent flowers. This is a chance to really repurpose antique items.
To truly capture a vintage feel in a kitchen, look for large items that seal the deal. Apron front sinks give a rustic feel and there are now many modern choices in this design. You can even decide to go all out and have a fabric curtain under the sink.
If your vintage era is the 1950s, look for appliances that give off this feel. There are a few brands that carry new, but vintage-inspired designs, although their rarity is reflected in their price. But, if you can budget for it, the look will be well worth it. It’s always great to have both the fridge and stove matching, but no one will fault you if you can only incorporate one or the other into your design. And even though dishwashers are a modern convenience, their necessity may just trump any design ideals.