While you may not be able to invest in a complete gut of your kitchen — tearing down walls and putting up new drywall or relocating major appliances and cabinets — you can revamp the look of the room by focusing on three critical kitchen components. This savvy approach will give the space a brand-new look.
Swap out your tired, old cabinetry for a fresh look. Here are some options to consider:
- Order new doors and drawers. If the structure of the cabinets is in good shape but the doors and drawers have taken a beating, consider ordering new ones.
- Give cabinetry a fresh look. Enhance worn wood cabinets by re-staining them. The job is a pretty big one, as it requires that you sand down the cabinets and then professionally paint or stain them. You can always hire a pro to help with this task.
- Install new cabinets. This option requires the largest financial investment, but it will pay off for years to come. Replacing doors and painting cabinets are a temporary fix. The paint won’t last very long and it’s possible that the new drawers and doors won’t properly match the existing cabinet structure. In addition, with new cabinetry, you can opt for a different design, color scheme or pattern to give the kitchen a fresh look.
Scratched, stained and worn cabinets can really bring down your kitchen’s look. Replacing them with a new counter will instantly brighten up the room and bring its design into the future. Here are some options from which you can choose:
- Laminate. Sturdy and inexpensive, laminate counters are fairly durable and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. However, in terms of longevity, laminate counters don’t fare so well and won’t last as long as many of the other countertop options.
- Solid surface. These countertops provide flexibility in choosing a new design and look, as they are available in a variety of colors and patterns. A man-made material, solid surface counters will generally last for years and they’re priced in the mid-range.
- Engineered stone. A blend of 10 percent resin and 90 percent quartz, this popular counter resists stains and mimics the natural beauty of granite. Slightly higher priced than solid surface counters, this sturdy material won’t break easily.
- Natural stone. Granite is a natural stone ideal for countertops. The material is resistant to scratches and heat, and each slab is a one-of-a-kind beauty. In the same price range as solid surface, and slightly less expensive than engineered stone, granite is available to a wide variety of homeowners.
- Concrete. A relatively new material used in countertops, concrete offers a warm, natural look and complements other natural elements like wood, brick and stone. Concrete is flexible and versatile in terms of design and shape, available in an array of colors. Concrete counters are similar in cost to engineered stone, natural stone and solid surface.
Think of the faucet like a statement piece. It not only enhances the design of the kitchen, but it’s ultra functional, too. This finishing touch should offer practical features like a pull-down sprayer or motion sensor that turns the faucet on and off. The finish you choose should complement the style of the counters and cabinets.
Want to take 10 or more years off the look of your kitchen? Consider a “facelift” and give the cabinets, counters and faucet an overhaul. Be sure to carefully select the materials first, giving consideration to the kitchen’s style and your color choices.