Have you been considering selling your home? Are you worried that your house or apartment will not sell for more than what you originally paid? Now is the perfect time to assess your home, inside and out, to determine if there are any areas that may need an update, adjustment, or complete replacement. When considering putting your home on the market, you should think like a potential buyer: will the home withstand any unexpected adverse weather, are there any major repairs needed, and is there a chance to expand the home if necessary? Stay ahead of the curve in the housing market by taking on some home DIY projects to make your property shine. One of the easiest and most profitable projects is a kitchen remodel.
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Unless you’re a seasoned carpenter or home improvement expert, refinishing your kitchen can seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be! You may think that only individual homeowners or small families can complete this project. Wrong again! With proper planning, a kitchen makeover can start and end in a timely and hassle-free manner.
Where do I start?
The first and most crucial step for this project is to have proper planning ahead of time. Create a hand drawn plan of your existing kitchen. Cut out simulated furniture units on separate paper so you can move freely around the furniture before testing your strength. Next, you need to consider the finances for the home makeover. How much can you spend? Where are there some areas where you can lower the budget a little bit for the project? Finally, create a makeshift kitchen in case this remodel takes longer than anticipated. This way, you won’t feel crowded or rushed and you’ll still be able to eat proper meals.
One of the easiest ways to give your outdated kitchen a complete makeover is to replace your cabinet hardware. Over time and with extensive use, cabinet knobs and pulls often look dull or downright ugly, especially if you have nice decorations and cabinet hardware installed. Adding attractive cabinet door handles will instantly enhance the design and value of your kitchen. Classic knobs are available in bronze, nickel, chrome, brass, pewter, stainless steel, and even colored glass. The real challenge is selecting a suitable material (mentioned above) with an elegant and refined finish. Typical finishes for these fixtures include oil rubbed, satin, polished, weathered, iron, matte, antique, and burnished.
think in layers
Recent style changes show that the layered look is in style. What does that mean for your kitchen cabinet hardware? Starting with the lowest cabinets and working your way up to the ceiling, each ‘tier’ should have a designated material. Renovation professionals recommend starting with darker colors at waist height and lower, allowing brighter finishes and materials to shine through near arm- and ceiling-level lighting fixtures.
cool and contemporary
Other stylists suggest that the cool, refined look of stainless steel is a must. If your appliances are already stainless steel, why not complete the look with matching cabinet pulls? These accessories are easy to clean and disinfect, which is ideal for busy homes with children and pets. Best of all, stainless steel matches any pattern; so if you change your mind about striped wallpaper in a week, you won’t have to run out and replace these fixtures again.
Purchase and Assembly
The easiest step in this kitchen makeover process is the purchase and assembly of these hardware materials. When you’re ready to make your purchase, make sure you’ve counted and recounted the number of knobs you’ll need. Finally, you will also need the additional mounting hardware accessories including screws and hinges. Be sure to purchase both the mounting hardware and knobs simultaneously so that the material and finishes are a perfect match. Viola! Your kitchen renovation project is complete and you are ready to put your home on the market!