A Sensible Approach to Kitchen DIY
There is no doubt that a kitchen renovation is expensive. Due to the expensive involved it is necessary to decide exactly how much renovation is necessary. A complete kitchen renovation is not always necessary. Very often a few changes and improvements can make a kitchen look refreshed, clean and new.
The kitchen has always been a utility room. This is where food is stored and cooked. For many years, this room was regarded as the most humble in the home. A formal dining room was preferable to eating in the kitchen. In recent years this perception has changed. Nowadays, the kitchen is regarded as much more than a utility area. It has become the heat of many homes and this has led to homeowners spending more time in this area of the home.
It is where family cook, eat and spend time together. It has become important for a kitchen to look attractive and welcoming. This means more money is being spent on this part of the home.
Very often, a change in the position of appliances can make a big difference. This may also entail restructuring the cupboards. If cupboards are built-in then a restructure is more costly. This is why free standing cupboards have made a big comeback. It completely frees you to arrange your kitchen. However, if you are determined to have built-in storage the cheapest method is to use readymade cupboards that you assemble at home. This option requires your measurements to be exact.
If the cupboards you have are in good condition then a fresh coat of paint or a paste on veneer may do the trick. Another way to change the look of old kitchen cupboards is to change the handles or affix a beaded border.
Flooring is an important décor feature. If you have a growing family then the kitchen is a well used area. However, it is possible to have flooring that is hard wearing and attractive. It is also important to have kitchen flooring that is waterproof. More and more homeowners want a natural produce like wood or cork. Both these substances are warm to the touch in winter and cool in summer. Once again, if your measurements are exact you can use readymade and interlocking laminated wood planks to lay yourself. Natural cork comes in tiles that you lay on a clean, level surface.
Replacing doors has a big effect on a room. If your kitchen is dark then a glass-paned door will let in more light and also give the illusion of space. If your kitchen is really tiny then a sliding door will save space and provide privacy when needed. A wooden door or even a stable door will add more character.
Your first task is to improve the door frame. This may include sanding, painting or replacing. The next stage is to fit hinges. Again, success depends on exact measurements. For a normal door:
- Use a pencil to mark the positions of the hinges and mark the holes.
- Make a recess for each hinge.
- Drill holes.
- You need a helper for the next stage.
- Place a wedge beneath the door.
- Lift the door into position.
- Mark the side through the screw hinge.
- You may have to remove the door to adjust (chisel) one or more recess.
- When the door hangs properly fix the screws very firmly.