Category Archives: DIY Ideas

Planning a kitchen remodel? Why you should hire a kitchen designer, even if you are a DIY er!

So you think  it’s time to remodel your kitchen? The kitchen design…… the form part….or how it looks, can be done by you, the homeowner if you are a creative, do it yourself type. And if you have done large remodel projects before, you have probably made some mistakes and learned what not to do again.

Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry
Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry

But many people don’t have both the creative and the technical know how to “do it all yourself”  without the costly mistakes and headaches that come with a big remodel. This is where a kitchen designer can come in handy. To rely on your contractor, is an OK idea but in most cases, Continue reading Planning a kitchen remodel? Why you should hire a kitchen designer, even if you are a DIY er!

Unique lighting choices will give your kitchen a bold original new look!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA These beautiful  retro pendant lights found at HudsonGoods.com can really make your kitchen unique. Whether remodeling from scratch (demo-ing the whole space) or just wanting to change things up a bit, try to find lighting that speaks to you and not just the same old stuff from the big box stores! A row of these beauties or even just one in a key location will set your kitchen apart from the rest. While they are a bit more expensive than the big box stores, they will not set you back that much and will be a great…. Continue reading Unique lighting choices will give your kitchen a bold original new look!

Little things you can do to your old “in need of a face lift” kitchen cabinets to make them look unique! DIY Quick Fix

Changing the center panel of your cabinets can make an old kitchen look new again.

Another DIY idea for the small budget (short of doing a new kitchen design) that has big impact is to spruce up your old dingy cabinets, for the time being, by popping out the center panels of the wall cabinets and replacing them with any number of the decorative products mentioned below.  Or you can just paint the center panel (if it is flat) with a chalkboard paint to add an artistic and interesting place for art or grocery lists etc.. If you decide to replace the center panel with any hard material like glass, sheet metal,  lattice,  embossed metal tiles or resin panels, just to name a few, you will need to remove the cabinet door from the hinges first. Continue reading Little things you can do to your old “in need of a face lift” kitchen cabinets to make them look unique! DIY Quick Fix

Use design boards in your kitchen remodel…. especially if you’re a DIY(er)

015Ok, so you have decided not to hire a professional to design your new kitchen. That’s OK, but please do me a favor and heed my advice.  Unless you’ve done this before successfully, without do-overs or mistakes…. use a designers technique to look at the big picture first! Get all your surface materials and paint colors together and lay them out on a neutral colored surface  and live with  it for a few days before you pull the trigger and order any of those items for your remodel. DSC_0257You might be saying…” oh I know what I like “. Well, I’m sure you do and you probably have great taste most of the time,  but not everything in your closet goes with each other does it? You bought all those items because you like them, and they are most likely all very nice! However, that doesn’t mean that the brown and pink paisley shirt goes with the teal green striped skirt! They are both nice, but don’t work paired with each other, now do they? Continue reading Use design boards in your kitchen remodel…. especially if you’re a DIY(er)