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Replacing Kitchen Countertops On A Budget

Replacing Kitchen Countertops On A Budget

When you personify your home, which part of the house would be the heart?

Well, it would be the kitchen. It’s the most happening place of the house. It’s the most desirous place to make beautiful memories with your family. Whether you are the chef or the host, not far from obvious, you want it to be the most beautiful, illustrious, loved corner of your house. Besides dining table, kitchen island, crafted cabinets, luxurious kitchen sink, a kitchen countertop is the center of everyone’s attraction. It has to be the best. But would it be secure in your pocket?

Well, it’s not necessary that the best ones have to be expensive. If you carry out some analysis, you can find out the perfect one that will check all the quality boxes you need. Kitchen countertops have an extensive range of options to choose from, based on the type of material, strength, and durability, heat resistance, ease of maintenance, visual appeal, etc. However, a thorough fact check based on your needs will help you to strike a balance between the above-stated quality factors and a low budget.

First of all, you must decide the kind of material you want on your countertop. The most budget-friendly article is laminate.

Replacing Kitchen Countertops On A Budget Using Laminate countertops

Laminate countertops are low cost and easy to maintain. They can easily mimic solid surfaced and pricey stone countertops. You can also save the cost of installation by installing it on your own. But, they are more prone to scratches, and their heat resistance is too low compared to their stable surfaced counterparts. As a healthy advice, if you opt for laminate material for your countertop, you must install it in the areas where there are fewer chances of heating or get scratched, such as around the sink and its corners, places where small kitchen appliances would be stationed, laminate can also be installed on the back support wall of the countertop. For the remaining uncovered area, you can go for a more heat resistant material such as glass or wood countertop.

Glass countertops

Glass countertops too are low on budget and also offer plenty of personalization options. These range from various colors, stains, shades, along with customized LEDs as another popular option. These are accompanied by another layer of tempered glass coating which is durable and a long runner.

If you want a budget friendly and an old café style rugged look for your kitchen, you can go for butcher block or wooden countertop. When accompanied with modern kitchen appliances, they provide a classic contrast between old style and modern style. But they need a bit of extra care, such as any spills must be immediately wiped off, and for protection from scratches, they must be oiled, and a solid epoxy layer coating will do the best. And for added heat resistance, you can use heat wraps and mats. Even if they get scratched, they can be filled quickly by using a combination of oils and scrap wood. Any flaws can be scraped out and reshaped to the old state.

Solid surfaced countertops

Solid surfaced countertops, which are made of materials like acrylic and cross-linked polyester, come with the added quality of stain repellence and less maintenance, you can easily sand out any scratches or flaws. To some extent, they are similar to laminates, except they are more robust, heat resistant, durable and provide a lavish look as compared to laminates. Professional installation is necessary for a perfect and seamless look.

Tile-surfaced countertops

Tile-surfaced countertops, here again, the cost margin is decided by the material you choose. Granite, porcelain, marble, ceramic, among all of these, glass and vinyl coated ceramic tiles are preferred to be more trendy and budget-friendly. You can also save installation cost by following a DIY guide. Also, you can easily replace any damaged tile provided you have purchased some extra tiles. But, their main disadvantage is that the tile grout lines are the most favored collection area for dirt. Hence it must be cleaned and sealed regularly. Also, if the tile material is a heavy one such as granite or marble, then your base cabinets require reinforcement for added support.

Concrete Countertops

Concrete Countertops. These have costs similar to premium granite or marble countertops. They can cost between 35$ to 140$ per square foot. But they are highly customizable and can be tailored to suit your needs. You can quickly mold it into your desired shape. The material concrete is a mix of cement and aggregate. The aggregate material can be varied from sand, crushed limestone, semi-precious stone, and many more available options to churn out the required qualities, like increased durability and strength, or to Impart a specific color or texture.

Their cost is highly decided by the type of aggregate material and the skill and amount of work required to carve out the desired design, along with the installation charges. They are more reliable as compared to laminate, wood and glass countertops.

Granite countertops

Granite countertops. These have reliable build quality, high heat tolerance, scratch resistance, easy to clean and maintain, and is preferred by a larger pool of people. Although it’s a little bit heavy on the pocket than all of the other alternatives that have been stated earlier, it can be noted that granite strikes the perfect balance between quality and budget. It provides a natural look and feel, also granite being a tough stone; it can last a lifetime. It cannot be easily broken or scratched. The surface of granite is accurately flat and firm. Also, granite provides a large variety of color combinations to choose from. If you are unable to find a perfect countertop that suits you, and if you agree to raise your budget a bit, you can blindly go for a granite countertop.

Whether you are building a new home or remodeling your kitchen, selecting the perfect countertop, from a bird’s eye view, seems to be a difficult task, because there is a large number of options to choose from. But once you decide and fix your budget, determine the qualities you seek in your countertop, then you can easily trace out and select the most suitable one you need.

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9 Tips for Furnishing and Kitchen Redecorate Small Space

Kitchen Redecorate

Furnishing and Kitchen Redecorate

Your kitchen is one of the essential rooms in your house. It is where lots of cooking takes place, and it is also the space that carries almost all sorts of equipment both safe and dangerous.
It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that you arrange or organize your kitchen in such a manner that it becomes easy to operate and also carrying out different tasks without hurdles.

So what makes you think that organizing your kitchen can be difficult? Is it small in size? Does it contain many tools and kitchen equipment?
The truth of the matter is that as much as the size of your kitchen is an essential consideration, it should not necessarily limit you from getting the best out of it as far as organizing it is concerned.
In this article, I will give you some of the best tips that you can use to create a comfortable and appealing cooking environment. This is irrespective of the size.

Tip 1: Clean up

Before you even think of how you can decorate your kitchen, it is fundamental to ensure that you clean it up first.
Cleaning up involves some issues such as removing everything that is available in that room and have an empty room.

This is essential because it will allow you also to get rid of some of the items that you may not need in the kitchen but you did not know they are even present.

It allows you to start afresh somewhat when it gets to arranging this particular room.

Tip 2: Consider expanding it

The next thing that you can do if possible upon cleaning up the kitchen is expansion. This, however, depends on whether or not your budget allows it since it will involve quite a process.

The expansion is also dependent on whether or not there is enough space for it to take place. If your house can allow for the further extension of the kitchen to happen then well and good.

You may perhaps consider expanding the kitchen from inside by extending it to another room. But like I initially stated, it all depends on your preference and most importantly your budget.

Again, this is only necessary if you feel that indeed the space is so small that it will limit your kitchen operations in one way or the other.

Tip 3: Keep every element compact

If you want to attain the best results from kitchen decoration, you need to ensure that you keep everything that goes to it as compact as you can.

If the utensils can be stacked together, that’s better because in the first place it gives you a better idea of arranging the room even with limited space.

Try to put any element that is stackable because most of them can take quite a significant space in the room, which might be entirely unnecessary.

Also, it is recommended to only purchase a few tools if at all the space is so small because most of them can occupy a significant area within the room.

Tip 4: Go for less

When decorating your kitchen, it would be unnecessary to color the room using a lot of different colors. If space is limited, it would also be inappropriate to furnish it with too much furniture.

Keep it simple. Apparently, as they say, simplicity is the key to success. Stay focus on attaining your goal and do not overdo the furnishing.

While at it, it is also vital to consider some of the kitchen equipment that you’ll only use temporarily such that they can be moved on and off the kitchen.

Tip 5: Installation Equipment for Kitchen Redecorate

Like I stated earlier, the kitchen is one of the rooms in the house that hosts quite some equipment, and some of them can be extremely hazardous if not handled appropriately.

So after you’re done with furnishing the interior of the room, the next thing you should do is installing the necessary equipment.

Some of this equipment use electricity while others do not. But all the same, it is recommended that you find an expert to help you with fixing of all the kitchen appliances.

Fundamentally, you also ought to realize that things such as fridge, oven, microwaves, dishwasher, and freezers tend to occupy relatively ample space in the room.

It thus means that you need to know the necessary appliances that you require if at all the space becomes too small for all of the tools.

Others that may not be as necessary as such can be placed in other rooms such as the garage or anywhere in the vicinity of the kitchen.

Tip 6: Your Budget

Now when it comes to creating an ideal kitchen space, you do not necessarily need to spend a lot of money to get the best.

What is important is to instill creativity in whatever you’re doing. Once you’re creative believe me, you’ll spend relatively less amount of money than you’d expect.

So before even thinking of what to do in your kitchen, you ought to have figured out early enough your budget and also the design to determine the approximate cost.

Tip 7: Color usage

The moment you’re done with every aspect revolving ordering of the kitchen necessities, you need to determine the right color that you think is suitable for you.

Ideally, small kitchens are always suitable for light and neutral colors. The thing is these kinds of colors make the small space to feel more lively and spacious.

The bottom line, however, is that the color you’ll paint on the walls, as well as the ceiling, will considerably depend on your preference.

Tip 8: Altitude

For a small kitchen, it is always advisable to utilize all the available space especially the height. It is recommended that you install the cabinets close to the ceiling board.

You should also create hangings that you’ll use to hang the pans as well as the shelves for storing other things such as cereals among others.

Tip 9: Lighting

When a small kitchen is lit well then it somehow looks bigger. The dark corners tend to appear somewhat small and the illuminated areas seemingly appear large.

It is thus essential to select the right type of light that will provide proper lighting in all areas of the kitchen.

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Some Tips for Common Decorating Dilemmas

Common Decorating Dilemmas Solved

I get several design dilemmas sent to me weekly by frustrated and confused homeowners.

Here are a few of the most common dilemmas I have addressed. I hope you find these ideas useful and if you have a decorating dilemma I can solve for you.

Here are Some Tips for Common Decorating Dilemmas

Problem: Unsightly radiators
Solution: Radiators take up a lot of space but they can be charming, too. A painted plank set on top creates a handy ledge for lighting and display. The curtains hung behind are just lengths of hemmed men’s suiting fabric.

Problem: Stacks and stacks of books in the living room
Solution: Put your books to use. Turn a stack of books into a side table by placing a tray on top. When it’s time to read just pull a book from the stack

Problem: Not enough accessories
Solution: Don’t let your refrigerator have all the fun! Put colorful fruit on display in glass jars or footed glass bowls. Choose the long-lasting fruits of the season for a colorful, affordable, and delicious display. Oranges, lemons, and limes add a refreshing touch to spring or summer decorating. Apples are a great choice for fall or winter.

Problem: You can’t put holes in your walls
Solution: Skip the drama of a hammer and nails and prop framed mirrors against a wall. A large mirror serves many functions in a room. With a beautiful frame, it becomes impactful art. When angled against the wall, it tricks the mind into thinking the ceiling line is even higher than it is. When it reflects light, it brightens the space and provides the illusion of an extra window.

Problem: The room doesn’t feel inviting
Solution: Nothing is cozier than a pile of pillows. Gather pillows from around the room or house and arrange them on one sofa to add comfort and color. Choose pillows that have different patterns in complementary colors for a perfectly mismatched look.

Problem: You have low ceilings
Solution: Fake a high ceiling with strategically placed window treatments. Make a room seem taller by installing the curtain rod above the window frame. Draperies should graze the bottom of the window sill or the floor.

Problem: You stuck in the color
If you’ve been stuck in a rut lately, here are some easy color tips to turn your apartment walls into the ultimate pick me up-

If you survived layoffs but now you’re overworked, underpaid and need a place to retreat to use a serene sea foam green that will conjure up beautiful, rip-roaring expanse of ocean in your sub-conscious.

You want to start dating but aren’t feeling so fab, try a fleshy pinky beige so you feel good going out and look good when you are home.

All those recession-proof pizzas took their toll on your beach body and you need to get back in shape? Blur the line between indoors and out with a granny smith apple green that will do to your eye what the apple does to your palate- and make you run a marathon.

Your boyfriend is out of town on business for a few weeks and you miss him? Make his favorite color blue a little girlier like periwinkle which is very calming, cool and soothing. When you wake up alone it will be as if he’s hugging you.

Some idea for decorating your home can check in this video too…

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