If you have been putting off a kitchen remodeling project because of the time-consuming work and cost, you will be glad to know that there are a few things you can do this weekend that are easy enough as DIY projects.
Starting with decorative cabinet hardware, there are a number of things you can do that will allow you to maximize space, improve function and increase the appeal of your kitchen. With the availability of the materials and the low cost, you can be sure that none of these easy tips will require special skills or break the bank. Achieve more with less with these simple projects.
Re-organize your kitchen.
Did you know that simply re-arranging kitchen appliances will help you work faster and more efficiently? This is because some appliances are often used together for food preparation. The sink, refrigerator and stove, for example, are best kept in an area that is about 4×9 feet within one another. That way, when you take food out of the fridge, bring it to the sink to wash and on to the stove to cook, you only need to do so in just a few steps. Place the dishwasher right next to the kitchen sink so dishes can be rinsed and loaded quickly. Arrange commonly used smaller appliances and utensils together so they are within easy reach.
Use decorative cabinet hardware.
Kitchens can look boring and outdated with older cabinetry. Instead of having them replaced, simply give cabinets a much-needed styling boost with decorative cabinet hardware. Check out the local hardware and home supplies stores for the latest kitchen hardware for cabinets. If you think you will only find the usual brass and silver pulls and knobs, you are mistaken. Today’s kitchen hardware ranges from the sleek and modern to the intricate and classical, so expect to find brass, pewter, polished silver, gold, wood and stainless steel to match different cabinet textures and materials.
You might balk at using linoleum on your floors due to the fake-shiny look and possible warping down the line but try giving it a second look. The latest linoleum flooring you will find at your local home depot has features such as cork backing and interlocking edges that make them perfect for DIY use. Newer types also last longer (some even have a lifespan of about 40 years) and with a price tag of $10 or less per square foot, you have a terrific solution for those old, worn kitchen floors.