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Makeover Your Kitchen, Here Its Tips

In older homes, a room makeover is often necessary not just to improve appearances but to increase functionality as well. A room makeover can spruce up the look of a dingy den, but it could also make a living room or study more technology friendly. In no place in the home, however, does a room makeover make more sense than in a kitchen. Older kitchens often lack the space and storage that the modern kitchen requires, not to mention the amenities that many new homeowners take for granted.

Kitchen Makeovers for Appearance

When you already have all the things you want and need in your kitchen, a skin-deep change is often all that’s necessary.

Countertops are one place where a kitchen makeover can have a very noticeable effect, without the need to pull anything up or tear anything down. After years of use, countertops can look pretty sad; getting stained, stabbed, and sliced for decades can really take its toll. Many different countertop materials can be installed directly over the existing countertop in an hour or two. The measurements are taken, the material is decided upon, then the new counter is fashioned to slide right on with no mess or hassle.

Cabinets are what a kitchen makeover is all about. There are so many different cabinet options that you’re sure to find one that suits your needs and tastes. Even if you don’t replace the entire cabinet structure, some spiffy new doors and hardware can change the feel of the room for the better, without the high price or long labor.

Flooring is subjected to a lot of wear and tear, and it can get downright ugly after years of traffic. If you’re lucky enough to already have some good hardwood in your kitchen, you may want to have it stripped and refinished to enhance the look. Those dealing with a floor that’s beyond saving can, of course, install new linoleum, but a lot of modern homeowners are opting for laminate. It looks like wood, the performance, in many cases, is even better, and the price is significantly cheaper.

Kitchen Makeovers for Function

Rather than just scratching the surface, a functional kitchen makeover is often about pulling out and replacing appliances and fixtures. Many people find that one of the things they most want to replace in an old kitchen is the sink. With built in water filters, spray hoses, and wider (or multiple) basins, new sinks have far more options than their predecessors. They’ll also look nice, to boot!

Older kitchens are often missing dishwashers, which can be a big job to install if the room wasn’t designed to accommodate one. Old stoves are often unreliable and can’t properly perform the job they’re supposed to do. A new fridge (maybe one with an ice maker) is another common replacement. One of the greatest things about getting all new appliances is lower energy consumption. Those who use their kitchens a lot may very well notice a marked difference when the electric bill comes around.

Open Up and Update
Opt for open shelves instead of upper cabinets to provide display space and make a small kitchen feel larger. Install shelves at standard upper-cabinet height — the lower shelf is 18 inches above the counter.

Upgrade Your Appliances
The most popular kitchen update is installing new energy-efficient appliances, such as a dual-fuel range with convection double ovens, a high-tech range hood, an energy star certified refrigerator, and a water-saving paneled dishwasher.

Update Hardware
Add more personality with new cabinet hardware. Create a cohesive look with a mix of knobs and pulls in the same style family.

Don’t Ignore Ceilings
Add texture and a pop of color. Ceiling tiles made to mimic the look of antique tin tiles click together like laminate floor surfaces and can be painted to fit any color

Make a Splash
Classic white subway tile with a beveled edge is an inexpensive, yet high-impact, backsplash material. Use a herringbone pattern to add interest and movement to walls.

Counter Fit
Get the look and texture of stone with all the benefits of laminate. This travertine silver laminate with a bullnose edge looks like the real deal for a fraction of the price.

Paint It
Freshen up walls, cabinets, and ceilings with a coat of Valspar Signature paint. It’s one of the quickest, most budget-friendly updates.

Customize It
Laminate shelves mimic the look of the countertops. (Ask your countertop installer to make the shelves.) Add stylish metal brackets for support and to repeat the metallic tones found in the appliances, hardware, and faucet.

Rethink the Sink
This Kohler top-mount, apron-front sink is perfect for remodels — it requires only a rough cut to existing standard cabinetry, and can be paired with most countertop materials. Top it off with a Delta high-arc faucet featuring a hidden pull-down sprayer.

So Quiet
Install soft-close hinges and glides — and say goodbye to slamming doors and drawers.

Lighten It Up
Brighten your room with an allen + roth (TM) ceiling light, mini pendants, and under cabinet lighting.