3 Small Kitchen Upgrades That Make a Big Difference

When we moved to our current home, I decided I wanted to paint our cabinets. Oh yes, it made the list of house things “to do”. I loved the countertops and the layout, and the appliances are still pretty new, but I wanted those cabinets changed!

Once I started researching the work needed to paint cabinets, I second-guessed myself! So, while I’m leaving THAT for last, I figured up a few other things I can do to update the look!

What about you? Ready to start a kitchen remodel? Stop right there! Before you go knocking down walls and busting up your existing cabinetry, take a second to really look at that space. There’s a lot you can do to improve the look of your kitchen, all while spending less. Here are three simple kitchen upgrades that are not only easy to do, but easy on your wallet, too.

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Pretty-Up the Kitchen With Paint

Is your kitchen painted in hue that is more retro than right now? Dated kitchens can greatly benefit from a fresh coat of paint. Lighter shades of blue can create a clean and crisp look that works well on cabinets, walls and even the ceiling. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room and is said to make people feel happy. As for neutrals, gray is the best choice as it is a great color to build on, and it also works well as a countertop or cabinet color. And if you’re looking to really energize the room, choose white. The color white gives the room a fresh and clean feeling and will instantly wake you up the moment you step into it. Plus, it’s easy to play with other colors in the kitchen when you choose white as a base.

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As much fun as it is to pick a paint color, when painting your kitchen you must also consider the right paint finish. The kitchen is a high-grime, high-traffic area of the house that will require a total scrub-down every now and then, which means you need to choose a finish that can handle a little water, soap and of course, elbow grease. Satin finishes are a solid choice and can resist mildew, dirt stains and scrubbing. Semi-gloss reflects a lot of light and is very durable, which makes it the best option for backsplash.

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On the Road in June

Happy July 1, everyone! Are you ready for the 4th?! We plan on seeing some fireworks and celebrating with family!

In reaching the beginning of a new month, we realize that the previous month is now gone. As always, it went quickly! Let’s see what went over best here on the blog.

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5 Things to Consider When Re-Designing Your Kitchen

“Make me a list,” said my husband.

“A list?!” I asked. “Make a list for YOU?!”

“Yep,” he said. “Make me a list of the necessary things that you want done around this house before the babies get here. And we’ll knock it out. But that way, there are no surprises or last-minute panic situations.”

The above conversation ensued after a lengthy discussion about calling the painter and having him come paint the entire interior of the house…instead of just the baby’s room. That thought led to the ideas of several other projects, and I think I may have hit the “done” point with the hubby.

So, a list is in progress. And while there are several practical things that really do need to be taken care of before the arrival of the twins, there are also those fun little dreams that I’ll have to put off until later. Like my kitchen remodel.

I DO love dreaming about redoing our kitchen. I have no idea when that will ever actually happen, but it sure is fun to dream about it! So when Zoe Clark contacted me with a post highlighting things to consider in the midst of a kitchen redesign, well. How could I resist?!

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The kitchen may not be a part of the home you and your loved ones spend most time in (unless someone in the house is a would-be sous chef), but its layout and functionality still count for increased property value and happy family life. As a general rule, the kitchen should be updated at least every 10 years, but securing the funds to cover project costs is only the first step toward remodel success. Before you launch the redesign, you need to take into account your kitchen’s potential and limitations, and have a clear idea as to the works duration and best direction to take in the process. Kitchen remodel funds are all up to you to provide, but the work gets a bit easier once you know which questions to ask yourself before you grab a power drill and sledgehammer and Hulk out on your outdated kitchen.

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5 Easy Ways To Transform the Look of Your Kitchen

Redoing our kitchen has long been on my “house” list…ever since we moved in, actually. There’s not much “wrong” with our kitchen, it could just really use some updating. 

However, due to this summer’s arrival of the twins, the kitchen has been placed on the back burner for a few years – and rightly so! But I was thinking the other day, there have to be others out there who are getting tired of their same old boring kitchen, but don’t have the financial means to invest in a large-scale remodel. And when you get right down to it, there’s no need to invest a lot of money to transform your kitchen into something fresh and new; many projects can be accomplished with a minimal investment!

A little creativity, willingness, and elbow-grease is all it takes to take a drab and lifeless kitchen and turn it into something that makes it feel open and beautiful.

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Give New Life to Tired Cabinets

New cabinets and even refacing cabinets will run you thousands of dollars. Instead, breathe modern and upscale life into your cabinets using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It’s better than latex and spray paint by far. The process involves painting on the color then following behind with a special wax you rub into seal the color. It doesn’t smear or chip and with a variety of chic colors you’ll be amazed at how quickly your kitchen looks brand new again. With another person’s help, you can finish your whole kitchen in a weekend.

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Which Remodeling Projects Are Worth Their Cost?

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We’re coming down to the end of the year, and in the midst of all the holiday planning and celebrating, something else that happens around this time of the year at our house is BUDGETING. Big time! Because in January, we suddenly feel a lot richer around here…due to our tax return and bonuses that both my hubby and I receive at our jobs! (And I say “richer” in jest…because some of you, I’m sure, would laugh at what we term that as!) Either way, it’s more money than we normally have, and, lest we be irresponsible, we start this time of year making a plan and a budget for those funds. 

Normally somewhere on the budget is a large home improvement project. Last year it was having the house painted. The year before that, it was having the back yard fenced in. We haven’t decided on what this year’s project will be as of yet. I would LOVE for it to be some new wood flooring! But I have a feeling it’s going to end up being a new air conditioning unit…which, living in Florida, I am also okay with! HA!

However, during all of our home improvement discussions, we are always trying to figure out: which projects add to the value of our home? And which projects are even worth doing?!

So when Thomas contacted me to see if I was interested in an infographic on remodeling projects that increase the value of a home, boy, was that some perfect timing! Great info in this one! Here’s what Thomas had to say…

Did you know that replacing vinyl siding on your home will on average cost you $12,013 while increasing the resale value of your home by $9,694? As a home owner, you may be interested in knowing approximately how much a specific remodeling project will cost and what you can expect to recoup once you sell your house again. If you know you’re more likely to get the money back you spent on a remodel, you’ll probably also be more likely to want to undertake the project.

To give you a better understanding of which kinds of remodeling will be worth the money, Contractor Quotes has made the infographic 14 Remodel Projects That Increase Home Value. By studying it, you’ll see that replacing a garage door will increase the value of your home by almost as much as the cost of the project, while you’ll see that you may not recoup as high a percentage of your costs by making additions to your home. On top of that, the infographic also goes through the most important things to be aware of with the different projects. This infographic will hopefully help you make up your mind next time you’re considering upgrading your home.

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