Many homeowners want to make sure that they update their kitchen every so often, but doing major construction is not always what they have in mind. In fact, studies on home renovations claim that only about one in every four homeowners want to do a major renovation project on their kitchen. Fortunately, there are some things that can be done on a kitchen that will allow you to not only change things around, but it can also add value to your home. By working with a contractor, it is easy to make some small, affordable changes, that will really stand out.
Paint the Kitchen
One of the renovations you can do in the kitchen to make a huge impact is paint. Over the years, the paint in the kitchen begins to fade, discolor and become covered in food, grease and more. Even if cleaned regularly, the walls can begin to look dingy and dirty. To find the best paint colors for the kitchen, you will have to take a number of things into consideration. This includes the existing decor, the look you are going for and practicalities such as how easy it will be to clean. It is always a good idea to get some samples from your contractor or sample paint that you can paint on the wall. Remember, due to lighting issues, paint can look one way on a sample swatch, but look entirely different once it is put onto the walls. As a bonus, if you are painting your cabinets or crown molding, consider using high gloss paint.
Switch Out the Hardware
Another thing that you might want to consider is to switch out the hardware. This is a very affordable option, and something that you can do on your own in a couple of hours. Hardware that is bright and shiny will give the kitchen a new look, and it doesn’t take a lot of work. There are a variety of door handles and knobs out there, and if there are certain designs you want, you can usually find them online. For instance, if you have a rustic kitchen in a log home, pinecone drawer openers can make a huge impact. If you cannot find the right hardware for you online or in a hardware store, the kitchen contractor you are working with can probably help.
Change Out the Tiles
It is also a good idea to change out the tiles in your kitchen after a few years. This can not only make your kitchen look its best, but it is also a way to make your kitchen clean and healthy. Over the years, the grout that holds the tiles together can become discolored and have mildew build up over time. Even when the grout is regularly cleaned, it will still not look as it should. Regrouting is one option to change the look of the tiles, but if you really want a change, consider putting all new tiles. If you do choose to regrout, make sure that all of the mildew is removed from the tiles as it can continue to grow underneath the new grout. If you go with the tiling route, make sure you are working with an experienced contractor, as tiling can be tricky to make the tiles even.
New Flooring Options
Over time, the wear and tear on a floor can make it fade, lose its finish or look worn. There are a number of flooring options that are appropriate for a kitchen, including wood, linoleum, tile or stone. The choice you make will depend on the style of the kitchen, your budget, the look you are going for and what is available from your contractor. All of these flooring options have their pros and cons, so it is a good idea to do some research before settling on one option over the others. It is also a good idea to speak with your contractor about their opinion on which flooring option would work best for you.
Update Your Windows
Many people who choose a kitchen remodel will often neglect to update the windows. This doesn’t mean you have to install new windows, however, just changing the window treatment is often enough to make a big impact. Even affordable window treatments can change the look of your kitchen. There are many window treatments on the market, and you can find everything from bamboo slats to intricate curtains and shades.
When it comes to updating and renovating the kitchen, there are some ways that you can do it without taking on a large renovation project. You can work with a kitchen renovation contractor for these small jobs, and you will likely find a welcome change. These small, affordable changes to your kitchen can really make a difference, it can improve the look of your home and of course, add value. These small renovations can also be done in a short amount of time without making your kitchen unusable, like a full renovation can.