photos by Robin Motzer Designs
Updating your kitchen and bathroom does not have to cost tens of thousands of dollars (and the inconvenience during a remodel). I have helped dozens of homeowners get the look they want for a fraction of the cost (and without packing a box!). Here are time- and money-saving (and sanity-saving) tips to transform your kitchen and bath.
If your cabinetry is in good condition, consider painting (or staining) them. There are great products with lots of wonderful colors (and stains) for “do-it-yourself” types of homeowners. These products are easy to use—and self-leveling—for that smooth, professional looking end result.
How to do it?
1. You will need time and space to take off the doors and drawers.
2. Do some light sanding (clean first if there is grease and dirt, and of course, remove any breakable and/ or valuables from the cabinetry).
3. Painting requires less sanding and “prep time” than staining. The laminate end panels on your cabinetry can even be painted. I prefer a satin/eggshell sheen.
4. If you want a little more “clean-ability” and sheen with your painted cabinets, consider semi-gloss. Or, if you prefer, there are professional painters who can do it for you. Go to your local paint store and they will recommend products and refer professionals they know and trust.
Class in the Details
For a custom cabinet, higher-end look, add crown molding. You can find different styles and sizes at your local homebuilder or lumber store.
After the cabinetry is painted, add hardware—the “jewelry” of cabinetry. There are lots of great styles and finishes available. I like to add a little sparkle with crystal knobs.
New countertops can also change the look of your existing kitchen and bath. You can either replace your existing counters if you like your existing cabinetry, or add new counters to your newly painted or stained cabinetry. If you have a small kitchen and/or bath, you may be able to find granite or quartz remnants, and that may result in additional savings to you. Laminates have come a long way, and there is a large variety of colors and looks. I also like to add some warmth with wood countertops. With wood countertops I seal them thoroughly and place where there is not a lot of water and/or food prep. Check local retailers that also have installation services.
Fixtures + Faucets
Replacing fixtures, like a new sink and faucet, can also change the look of your space. Doing all of the above, or just one of the above tips, will give you a new kitchen or bath—without moving and without all the time, dust and expense of a remodel.