Seven Tips for DIY Kitchen Remodeling

The depressed housing market has caused many people to look for ways to increase the value of their home. And there is no better place to start than the kitchen. A refurbished kitchen will dramatically improve the appearance of your home’s interior and significantly increase its value. While new cabinets, countertops, and floors would be ideal; they can also be extremely expensive. Do-it-yourself remodeling can be an affordable way to improve your kitchen’s appearance and raise its resale value as well. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1) Plan Ahead

You’re probably aware that remodeling your kitchen will require a lot of time and energy. Still, most people tend to underestimate the effort it will take. Carefully outline all phases of the process, make a list of required materials, and schedule phases that will prevent you from rendering the entire kitchen useless all at the same time.

2) Prioritize

Take into consideration what matters to you most. Money never stretches as far you’d like it to, so carefully consider what elements you can and can’t live without. If you love to cook, for example, you will want to set aside more money for appliances.

3) Embrace Quirks

Every kitchen has a personality, so don’t try to hide the peculiar elements that are already in place. Rather, embrace them and allow those quirks to accentuate your kitchen’s personality.

4) Appliance Location

If you are planning on re-arranging the location of your appliances, remember that function is just as important as appearance. Experts recommend that the fridge, oven and sink be arranged in an imaginary triangle. This allows for maximum efficiency while also providing aesthetic appeal.

5) Cabinets

The cabinets are perhaps the most visually impactful element of the kitchen, and changing cabinet fronts can transform the look of the entire room. If replacing the cabinet doors altogether is out of the question financially, there are a wide variety of dyes, panels, and stains that can accomplish the effect just as well.

6) Focal Point

Establishing a focal point is one of the most important steps to achieving an attractive aesthetic. The most natural focal point in your kitchen is probably the island. Try a darker dye on the island and a lighter dye on the surrounding cupboards.

7) Lighting

Both the quality of lighting and the lighting fixtures themselves can greatly enhance your kitchen’s appearance. Avoid single fixture lighting and consider contemporary lighting. Task lighting, such as an over-the-sink fixture, can enhance the functionality of the kitchen as well.

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Diane Johnson enjoys writing articles about online courses, reading books and traveling.

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