The kitchen is often called the heart of the home. But that means that it's somewhere we spend a lot of time, and a lot happens! Over time, it can become clear that a kitchen makeover is in order.
We all want our kitchens to be clear, bright, and inviting. But what if your budget right now doesn't run to replacing the whole kitchen? What can you do if the kitchen is sound, but stuck in a timewarp?
Hiring a pro to refinish your cabinets is a great way to breathe new life into a tired kitchen. Let's take a closer look at all the reasons why, and how you can achieve a kitchen makeover on a budget.
Why Refinish Your Cabinets?
Many of us can remember a time when natural wood finishes were the height of kitchen chic. Pine, oak, cherry - you name it, natural finishes ruled the nineties and noughties. The problem is lots of us don't need a time machine - we can just step into our kitchens to see them.
Calculate the Cost
It can be tempting to think that the only kitchen makeover solution is to rip them out and start again. But before you do, think about this. The average kitchen makeover cost varies, but experts recommend budgeting between 5-15% of the value of your home.
Let that sink in a moment. That's probably a serious amount of dough, running to tens of thousands for many people. Most of us don't have that lying around, and it's worth exploring other options before taking on extra debt.
Refinishing is much more affordable. The exact cost will depend on the number of cabinets in your kitchen, their condition, and the finish you want to achieve. Plan to budget around $4 to $10 per square foot - a huge saving compared with a total kitchen makeover.
Refinishing Is the Answer
What about those dated cabinets? They looked great at the time, but they simply haven't stood the test of time. The fact is though they're super hardwearing - they just refuse to die.
Harness that solidity and save yourself a ton of money by getting a pro to refinish them for you. You get an excellent, high-end finish, without having the expense of replacing everything.
Not only do you save money on replacing cabinets, counters, and floor finishes, you also save big on contractor fees. With a simple refinishing job, you can even continue using the kitchen while the work is being done. It's the ideal solution for a luxury finish on a budget.
The other major benefit? You are in total control of the final finish.
Color Options for Refinished Cabinets
When you purchase a kitchen from a showroom, you're limited by the styles and colors they have on offer. Not so when you get a pro to refinish your cabinets for you.
With a kitchen cabinet makeover, you have a chance to really express yourself. Some vibrant colors that are hot right now include yellow, pink, and cerulean. But if you prefer something more mellow, coral, sage, and timeless grey are excellent choices.
When planning small kitchen makeovers, it's especially important to choose your colors wisely. Light colors visually expand small spaces, while dark colors have the opposite effect.
If you want your kitchen to look as big as possible, give light lots of light colors to reflect off. If white is a bit sterile for you, look to creams and light caramels for warmth and space.
Fabulous and Functional Hardware and Fixings
Sometimes, cabinet style is not the only factor that's letting your kitchen down. After years of constant use, hinges can start to sag, and drawer runners can get a little cranky.
Hire a pro to refinish your cabinets and they will take care of these kinds of issues. It's probably a good idea to make a fresh start and get new, soft-close hinges fitted on all of your kitchen cabinets. This will give all your cabinets the same solid feel.
Another great way to breathe new life into your kitchen is to choose new hardware for the doors and drawers. Oversized drawer pulls are on-trend right now, as are matte black finishes.
Consider adding a pop of subtle bling to your kitchen cabinet makeover with brushed copper or gold cabinet hardware. They are highly versatile, and can really shine against both dark and light cabinet finishes.
Do It Once, Do It Right
A kitchen makeover is something you only do once every ten years - or more, if possible. You might be doing your kitchen makeover on a budget, but that doesn't mean you need to do it yourself.
After all, there's a little more involved in refinishing kitchen cabinets than just slapping on a coat of paint. First of all, your home improvement team will be able to resolve any structural issues with your cabinetry first. They'll be able to replace dodgy hinges and broken fixings, and generally make sure that the kitchen cabinets are sound.
Then, they will be able to go ahead and start refinishing your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. First, they'll remove the old finish. They may take them away and strip them, or strip them on site.
The surface will then be prepared through a mixture of sanding and priming. Then finally they'll apply the final coats of paint.
The Professional Touch
When a professional refinishes your kitchen cabinets, they are able to achieve the look you want. They have lots of experience in creating bespoke looks and finishes for clients, and they will work hard to give you the look you want.
They have the knowledge and skills to transform your kitchen makeover ideas into reality. Knowing that professionals have inspected and repaired any issues with your cabinets gives you peace of mind.
Get an Awesome Kitchen Makeover Without Breaking the Bank
Achieving your kitchen makeover dreams may be more doable than you realized!
Hiring a pro to refinish your kitchen cabinets allows you to make the very best of what you've already got. They can make sure they all function properly. Then they'll top it off with exactly the finish you want.
Let Ulta Home Improvements bring your kitchen makeover ideas to life. Our experienced team is ready and waiting to transform your tired kitchen. We pride ourselves on the quality of our workmanship, our great customer service, and guarantee all of our work.
Contact us today to discuss your kitchen remodel.