How to Partially Renovate your Kitchen



If you're like most of my clients, it's probably been a while since you've made any changes to your kitchen. People often put off what they believe to be a big job. Yet, if the layout of your kitchen flows well and functions the way you want it to, you likely don't need to do a full remodel. Instead, consider a partial renovation of the space - a makeover, if you will.

Now, let's get started. When partially remodeling a kitchen, keep these five elements in mind:

1. Reface or Paint Cabinets

Let's face it: replacing upper and lower-level cabinetry is a high ticket upgrade. That's why our partial remodels use and refurbish the existing cabinets whenever possible, as a shortcut to create that new look and feel. As a bonus, when you have your cabinets professionally refaced or repainted and paired with updated hardware, you avoid the lead time of ordering and installing a custom design.

2. Select a New Countertop and Backsplash

Is your backsplash dated? How old is your countertop? Be sure to consider your choices. For instance, you can make a bold statement with a new tile backsplash and a Cambria quartz countertop. To dress it up, we suggest using a different countertop color on the kitchen island, if you have one.

3. Specify New Colors for Walls and Flooring

If you love your existing tile or hardwood, feel free to keep it. However, if you're looking for a flooring upgrade that withstands moisture and high traffic, look no further than luxury vinyl planks (LVP). The wood appearance of LVP brings a high-end design to any kitchen. Plus, when you use LVP, you don't have to worry about standing water damage, warp, or shrinkage -- all common complaints as real wood flooring ages.

4. Update Your Dining Set and Bar Stools

New dining furniture is a must, as this dresses up your space. Whether you add new upholstery to your chairs or place fresh linens on the table, you need to make furniture and soft furnishings a priority. With new or like-new furniture, your recently updated kitchen will have a cleaner, fresher look and feel.

5. Consider the Ten-Year Update Cycle

Throughout your home, it’s useful to consider a ten-year update cycle, and your kitchen is no exception. How long have you had your appliances? Keep in mind that a new refrigerator, oven, or stove will have smart technology and other features to enhance efficiency and improve convenience.

Pro tip: Add Roman shades or valances to your kitchen windows for a completely finished look.

Consulting an Interior Designer

A good interior designer will help you make the right choices so that you won't regret your decisions on color, tile, and more. While we recognize that change can be scary for some homeowners, we're confident that having the right team on your side can make all the difference. Schedule your discovery call today.

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