A Mini Kitchen Makeover On A Budget

As a designer, I know that when people think of upgrading their kitchen they think ‘major renovation’ which can be costly and time consuming.  However, a small cocina make over doesn’t have to be overwhelming or expensive and can be accomplished in one or two weekends.  If you’re happy with your casa’s present floor plan and your cabinets are in good condition a mini make-over is all you need to breathe fresh life into your kitchen and give it a whole new look and feel.

GET CREATIVE WITH THE CABINETS

If your cabinets are a bit dated, but in good condition, a very affordable solution is simply to paint them.  For a contemporary look consider grey, blue, yellow, or even black depending on your tastes and the finish of your appliances. A splash of color will add new life without costing a fortune.  Sherman Williams has an excellent selection of colors to choose from. Simply walk into any of Sherman Williams store and let them know the number of cabinets in your kitchen and they will be able to estimate how many gallons the job will require.

A COUNTER TOP OPTION FOR EVERY BUDGET

New countertops will give any kitchen, big or small, an updated look.  Depending on your budget there are a variety of options to choose from starting with the more economical laminates, which now come in a large variety of colors and textures, to the classic granites and marbles. But if it’s a trendy style you seek go for the woods, concrete and metals such as pewter, copper or stainless steel.

BACKSPLASH OPTIONS ARE LIMITED ONLY BY YOUR IMAGINATION

It’s amazing what a decorative tile back splash can add to the look and feel of a kitchen. It’s a relatively simple DIY project, even for a novice. Add drama by creating your own pattern and design or by selecting two to three different color variations or textures such as glass, stone or porcelain. Many home improvement and tile supply stores offer free, hands-on classes to teach you the basics. You may even run into me teaching the class one day!

FAUCETS MEET TECHNOLOGY

The busiest traffic area in a kitchen is the faucet and the sink area.  So whether you are a family with children or a couple who loves to cook I recommend selecting a faucet that provides functionality, durability and aesthetic appeal such as The Moen® Arbor® pulldown kitchen faucet with MotionSense™.  No more worries about cross contamination when cooking, simply motion in one direction to turn on and motion in the opposite direction to turns off. And the new Spot Resist Stainless finish will resist water spots and fingerprints in the event you do choose to operate it manually.

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