Kitchen Remodel Considerations

Kitchen Remodel Tips

If you have looked into having your kitchen remodeled or renovating this all important room yourself, you may have realized that there are a number of things to keep in mind regarding the project. Even if you hire a professional to do the work, it certainly helps to be aware of what the project entails. This post will discuss two important aspects of a kitchen remodel that homeowners should keep in mind; Where to find ideas, and how to mange the cost associated with a kitchen remodel.

Getting Ideas For Your Kitchen Remodel

One of the biggest things to keep in mind for your kitchen remodel is where to get great ideas. There are a number of effective resources available for remodel ideas.

Pinterest has tons of images that you can browse to get inspiration. Viewing expressive photos of a finished presentation can help you visualize specific colors together. From flooring to cabinets, if you want to see the finished product before you ever begin the job, Pinterest might be a great place to begin.
Gray Kitchen Remodel
Another great resource for getting ideas is Houzz. This Houzz community is made up of professionals that work in industries related to home improvement, interior design, and remodeling. Houzz professionals are often times very willing to give reliable advice to homeowners looking for some encouraging guidance. The pros on Houzz can really help you avoid making mistakes that might be common to many people that first start out doing renovations or remodels.

The Cost of Remodeling Your Kitchen

Another factor to consider when remodeling your kitchen is cost. The price tag can vary when it comes to remodeling a kitchen. The amount of money you end up paying for the renovation will largely depend on the scope of the work, the items you plan to update or upgrade, and whether you are the one doing the work.

The amount you spend on your kitchen remodel can depend on a number of decisions you make. For example, your choice of material alone can impact the overall cost. Your decision of whether you will do the demolition yourself can also play a role in the size of the bill. One way to keep the cost down during a kitchen remodel is to keep the existing flooring. This yield a savings in both material and labor.

While it may not reduce the price of your kitchen remodel, you might elect to perform your updates in stages. Choosing this method may not reduce the cost, but it will spread the cost out over more time. To many homeowners, a few smaller bills over the course of a few years is more appealing than one huge bill immediately. One family planned their kitchen remodel in the following way:

Example 3 Year Plan

  • First Year: New Appliances
  • Second Year: New Flooring
  • Third Year: New Counter Tops

Together the above upgrades could have presented a cost of over $10,000. But when spread out over a three year period, the expenses were more manageable. Choosing to remodel in stages though depends on the condition of your kitchen and how long you can wait for the upgrades.

As we have seen, there are ways to customize your kitchen remodel. There is no one right answer or one single way of updating or renovating a kitchen. If you know where you can find inspiring ideas and you know how you can manage the cost of your project, you can tailor your kitchen remodel to your liking.

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How to Refinish Wood

Wood Furniture Refinishing

Maybe you are looking to buy some second hand tables, chairs, or other wooden kitchen furniture to refinish.

Glasses On Dining Room Table

Perhaps, you are getting into the antique business and you want to improve the appearance of a piece you got at an auction for a steal. Or, maybe you are just tired of the looks of one of your personal kitchen items like a table or a hutch. If so, knowing how to strip, sand, and stain (a.k.a. refinishing) wood is good knowledge to have. This post will cover those three steps and include tips along the way.

Remove the Old Finish From the Piece

Choosing a quality stripper to use for removing the old finish is a good idea. You want your job to be as easy as possible and when the stripper does most of the work, that works toward your goal. You need to choose the right applicator for your project. Being able to apply the stripper easily and evenly will help you remove it with the least amount of effort.

After giving the stripper some time to do its job, begin scraping the old finish from the furniture piece with a putty knife or other flat, stiff tool. Going with the grain makes the most sense here since your do not want to mar the surface. Once you’ve gotten the old finish off, it is time to complete this step by cleaning the surface.

The residual stripper that has remained on the furniture needs to be removed. So, after it has dried, use mineral spirits to clean the item fro any stripper that may be left on the item. This will prepare the surface for the application of the new finish. Once you have cleaned the stripper off the item, it is time to move on to the next step.

Sanding the Wood In Preparation For the New Finish

Sanding is the second step (or phase) in the refinishing process. You can sand the piece with sandpaper by hand, however a palm sander will make the process go faster. You may be familiar with the proper sanding technique, but if not you can Google how to sand wood for a smooth finish. I will briefly highlight how the process works. You sand the whole item with sand paper with a low grit and then repeat the sanding with a higher grit sandpaper. Each time your change to a higher grit, the surface will be smoother. You can continue sanding until you are satisfied with the smoothness of the finish.

Wipe down the entire to remove any dust that is left from the sanding. Starting with a dust free surface will compliment the next step, adding the new finish.

Applying the New Finish

The finishing process for a piece of furniture that you have removed the old finish from consists of two parts. 1) Applying stain, and 2) Adding clear coat to the piece.

Putting the stain on the furniture is fairly straight forward. You simply, wipe it on with an old but clean cloth. Wiping with the grain is recommended to avoid streaking. You can put as many coats of stain on the item as you want. Just be sure to let each coat dry before adding the next.

After you have applied the stain evenly to your new “old” kitchen furniture and you are happy with the color, you are ready to continue. Spray on the clear coat to seal up the surface of the piece. As with all the other application steps, apply the clear coat evenly to the furniture. Doing so will result in a nice, even finish that will add a sheen and protect the stain that you have applied.

Once the clear coat is dried, you are ready to begin using your new furniture in your kitchen. You did it! Now, sit back and look at the results of your hard work while you sip a hot beverage of your choosing.

DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 8

Series Conclusion and Recap

Well, after about a week of posting, reviewing, and commenting on this project, we have reached the conclusion of the series covering how to install a granite kitchen counter top. This video is basically a summary of the entire project that consists of the previous 7 videos that are listed below. Continue reading DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 8

DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 6

Granite Backsplashes to Match The Counter

In precious videos in this series covering how to install a granite counter top, you have seen a variety of tips and tricks that include cutting, salvaging material, how to handle granite and haul it in such a way that it does not get broken or cracked, finishing harsh edges made from your imperfect cuts and many other techniques. This video continues by showing how to install the backsplash and trim out existing features of the room. Continue reading DIY Granite Counter Series: Volume 6