Kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The key is to make the most of the features you already have. This is why kitchen refinishing is so effective. It uses the cabinets, tile, or countertops that you already have and transforms them into something new. Check out these top 10 kitchen refinishing ideas for 2018, courtesy of Maryland Tub and Tile.
1 – Paint or Stain Your Kitchen Cabinets
If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, all you need to do is paint or stain them. Sand or strip any existing paint or clear coat on the cabinets, and then add the color of your choice. You could stain your honey oak cabinets to a rick walnut color, or you could brighten a dark kitchen with a coat of white paint. One of the hot kitchen refinishing trends of 2018 is using two-tone cabinets, where the bottom cabinets are a darker shade than the top cabinets. Paint your upper cabinets white and the lower cabinets a light grey tone. This will add visual interest to the space and instantly modernize your home.
2 – Replace Outdated Cabinet Doors
If you have ornate cabinet doors, they may not fit the style of today’s kitchen designs. Thankfully, you can replace the doors without having to replace the cabinets completely. This will cost more money than painting the doors you already have, but it is a good option if you are not pleased with your cabinet door style. You will need to make sure the new doors are the same size as your current ones, and that they can easily attach to your existing cabinets. Once you find the right fit, all you have to do is paint or stain them to match.
3 – Refinish Your Kitchen Countertops
Countertop refinishing is a great way to save money on kitchen remodeling. It requires significantly less time than replacing the countertops, and it’s less than half the price! If your countertops are slightly damaged, we can repair them before applying the refinishing coat. The end result will be a smooth surface that adds years to the life of your counters.
Choose from a variety of countertop refinishing styles, all designed to mimic natural stone. If you would prefer a solid color instead, we can do that too. The stone finishes look elegant, and they disguise dirt better than solid colors. This makes it easy for you to keep the counters looking clean. Contact the experts at Maryland Tub and Tile to schedule a free quote for kitchen countertop refinishing.
4 – Update Cabinet Door Hardware
You could update your kitchen with a simple hardware swap. Replace your door knobs, drawer pulls and hinges with a new, modern style. For instance, if you have brass and white door knobs, you could replace them with brushed nickel. You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes! If you’re replacing a piece of drawer hardware with multiple holes, make sure the holes in the new hardware line up. You can take one of the handles into the store as a reference. If you get something with different hole spacing, you may need to drill new holes to accommodate it.
5 – Use Tile Refinishing to Update Your Backsplash
You don’t have to replace your tile backsplash to make it look like new. You could get tile refinishing instead. The epoxy covers the tile and the grout, so you never have to worry about ugly, stained grout lines. Some homes look great with crisp white for the backsplash. Others look better with a stone finish that complements the countertops. Our tile refinishers in Maryland will help you find the best choice for your kitchen. Once again, we can repair damaged tile before refinishing the backsplash so the end result looks flawless.
6 – Top Your Cabinets with Elegant Crown Molding
You can make even the most boring kitchen cabinets look expensive with a little crown molding. This may not be something you can install yourself, but it will not cost much to just do your kitchen. Paint or stain the molding to match the cabinets, and it will look like it was included all along. Do the same for any upper cabinets you have in your bathrooms, and your home will look elegant throughout!
7 – Kitchen Refinishing Add Under Cabinet Lighting
Under cabinet lighting is affordable and easy to install. You can buy a simple light kit online that mounts directly under your cabinets. Then you have extra lighting while you’re cooking or when you need to go into the kitchen late at night. Under-cabinet lighting looks high-end, even though it doesn’t cost much to add. You could also add lights inside glass or frosted cabinets to create a soft glow throughout the room.
8 – Find Creative Storage Solutions
Expanding your storage options will make your kitchen feel cleaner and less cluttered. One great example of this is the space next to your fridge. That six-inch gap is perfect for a roll-out pantry, which you can use to store cans, cereal, spices and more. This clears space in your cabinets for dishes and bulk foods. If you have a small kitchen, think about some extra ways to add storage where you need it most.
9 – Upgrade to Stainless Steel Appliances…the Affordable Way
Stainless steel screams luxury, but many homeowners shy away from it because of the cost. Over the last few years, steel appliances have dropped dramatically in price. The most expensive upgrade you’ll have will be the refrigerator, but you could update the appliances slowly over time. you could also check with a local appliance repair shop to see if they have refurbished models for sale. You can often find appliances for a fraction of their retail price. Think about where the appliances will go in your kitchen. You might find something with a small dent that will be hidden based on placement. That will save you even more money!
10 – Unify All Metallic Finishes in Your Kitchen
Having a cohesive kitchen will make the space look clean and modern. Look around the room for any metallic finishes – the door hardware, the light fixtures, the faucets, etc. If something seems out of place, replace it with a matching finish. Copper is a new hot color for 2018, but you could also use satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze, or brushed gold. This is the perfect way to top off your kitchen refinishing project and renovate your home on a budget.
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