Ok, 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. You 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)
Using Briwax to stain kitchen cabinets
is a good DIY technique to change the look of your kitchen with a small budget, or when you can’t afford a new kitchen design or remodel. I forgot all about this product when I did my previous articles on cabinet quick fixes. This is a wax with a stain in it and can be used to darken stained cabinets. It works best if your cabinets do not have a shiny top coat especially one that is pealing or cracked. If not, this is a great product because you don’t have to do all the sanding that traditional refinishing requires. You will need to get Continue reading Briwax to Stain Kitchen Cabinets….DIY Quick Fix
Glass cabinet doors open up your space while giving it a more upgraded feel.
Another idea to make your kitchen striking if you can’t fathom not having wall cabinets….. or just plain need the storage…. is to try glass front cabinets in as many wall cabinets as possible. I know, all my clients say “but then I have to keep my cabinets neat or all my junky stuff will show”. Well, since you are spending the money to upgrade your kitchen, most likely your cabinets and appliances, why not your dishes too? In the big picture of the cost of your remodel, this will be maybe 1-2% of the cost of your remodel unless of course fine china is your everyday choice (but if that’s the case, you don’t have the issue of your stuff looking messy now do you?). With new dinnerware and glasses, just stack them with like sizes (which is the obvious storage system anyway) and voila!……. your plates are organized and look great through the glass. Crate & Barrel Continue reading Glass Cabinet Doors…. Open Up Your Space