It’s where families convene when the day’s work is done, enjoying a communal meal. This is especially true during the holiday season when extended kin gather to celebrate time-honored traditional cuisine. However, much like a wardrobe, a kitchen needs to revamped to give it a fresh look, bringing with it new life and energy.
Granite has a classic rustic aesthetic while also providing a sleek modern edge, this duality is comforting to the traditionalists and modernists alike. Furthermore, its value extends into its functionality. Granite is cleaning friendly difficult to damage being both difficult to scratch and heat resistant. For these factors among others, granite has garnered a reputation as a highly durable surface that won’t only look great when it’s new, but also for years to come.
One might think that given these positive attributes that granite would come at a high cost. However, granite is one of those special things that sounds great and prices at a reasonable budget-friendly rate.
Granite is a popular choice for kitchen countertops for good reason. Granite is durable, beautiful, and adds a touch of elegance to any décor. However, this natural rock surface is very porous which means that staining liquids such as red wine can penetrate very quickly resulting in an ugly stain.
The first thing people do when red wine, Kool-Aid, or fruit juice is spilled on their granite countertop is grab a wet towel or sponge and start cleaning it up. This is a mistake, however. Essentially what happens when you do this is you add water to the volume of staining liquid that was spilled causing the stain to become larger.
The first step to cleaning granite countertops is to soak up the excess liquid with dry paper towels and try cleaning the area with the stone cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. If that doesn’t work, follow these steps to remove your stain:
If the bleach paste doesn’t work, you can try soaking several paper towels with hydrogen peroxide and laying them over the stained area. Make a “tent” over the area with plastic wrap and tape down. After 24 hours, remove the plastic and let the towels dry naturally. Rinse the area and dry.
Granite continues to be one the most popular choices in countertops largely because the look of granite is timeless and elegant. But, even if it is sealed, the porous surface of granite can easily be penetrated by red wine and other staining liquids. Following these easy steps to get the stains out will work most of the time, but in the case of especially stubborn stains, you may have to call a professional stone restorer to remove ugly stains.
Monochromatic decorating is one of the easiest ways to make a dramatic impact without spending a lot of money. A monochromatic decorating scheme uses different shades of the same color. Red, apple green, and yellow are three colors that will give you spectacular results if you use a monochromatic color scheme.
Red is one of the best monochromatic colors to use to create a cozy feeling in your kitchen. Start with a red plaid, or red and white checkered tablecloth. For a really bold look, try an all red tablecloth. Set it off with red ceramic canisters on your counter top and add some fresh red apples in a wooden bowl.
A red sinkware set would also harmonize nicely. A red dish drainer, drain board, and sink mat would certainly brighten up your kitchen and take away some of the drudgery of washing dishes. Add café curtains with red trim and top it off with colorful red print potholders and dish towels.
Apple green is the perfect color to create the feel of a cool oasis in your kitchen on a hot summer day. Depending on how brave you are, start out with a splash of apple green colored paint. If you’re in the mood to be daring, paint all of the walls; however, painting one wall will also make a dramatic statement.
The wall behind the sink or table is a good place to add drama and character to your kitchen with some apple green semi-gloss latex paint. A throw rug in various shades of apple green in front of the sink will highlight your new kitchen décor. A rug is a good place to start your new decorating scheme if you don’t want to go to all of the trouble of painting.
Add an apple green table cloth that you buy or make yourself. It’s easier than you may think to make a table cloth yourself and it’s usually less expensive than buying one. All you have to do is buy some cotton or cotton-polyester blend fabric and create a one inch hem around the edge by using washable fabric glue. It should take you less than an hour to create a beautiful tablecloth with the fabric of your choice.
Embellish your new apple green décor with green plants; hang them from the ceiling or set them on top of your refrigerator or counter. If you don’t have enough space for as many plants as you would like, install several small shelves high on the kitchen wall near the ceiling to display even more plants and turn your kitchen into an indoor garden. Then put a finishing touch on your decorating by adding green and white striped or print potholders and kitchen hand towels to match. Complete the look with sheer apple green curtains.
Yellow is a cheerful, happy color that brings thoughts of sunlight and daffodils. A lemon or pineapple hue of yellow will brighten up your kitchen and your spirits while you’re cooking especially if you have dark wood cabinets. Use bold yellow as an accent color and soft yellow in larger doses.
A tablecloth is always a good place to start when using color to decorate your kitchen. You can complete the look of a yellow tablecloth with a vase full of sunflowers and placemats with a sunflower design. Then give your kitchen a light, airy look with sheer yellow curtains and add a colorful yellow area rug to give the space texture and interest.
If you’re in the mood to paint, the color yellow is an especially good choice to use on the kitchen ceiling to reflect light. Or surround yourself with a glow and paint the whole kitchen a soft yellow.
You should be able to purchase what you need to complete each of the above three monochromatic color schemes for around $150. There is also a side benefit that goes along with affordable kitchen decorating. Since it doesn’t drain your bank account to spruce up your kitchen using a vivid display of color, you can change your decor more often.
An un-updated kitchen can often be a deal breaker for many potential home buyers. Whether you’re replacing the flooring just in your kitchen, or throughout your home, there are many elements you need to consider before purchasing and installing new flooring. Some of these considerations will be important for any type of flooring, while each type of flooring has its own set of considerations as well.
Your budget should include the cost of materials and labor if hiring someone to remove your old floors and/or install your new kitchen floors. If you want to renovate your entire kitchen, you might want to consider holding off on the flooring or allocating less of your budget to it. This is because while floors do help pull all of the elements of the kitchen together, the cabinets and counter tops tend to have the most weight when it comes to appeal. Flooring, unless it is in bad shape or extremely outdated is not usually a deal breaker.
There are many different options in kitchen flooring available today, but without first establishing a budget for flooring you might end up wasting your time looking at flooring you can’t afford. Professionals in the kitchen remodel industry, like those at Exclusive Kitchens and More in Sarasota for example, can help you find the perfect flooring that fits your budget and makes your kitchen look brand new and appealing to potential home buyers.
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If you’ve decided to complete this project on your own, there are a few more considerations. One of the most important is of course getting the exact measurements. This can be a bit more tricky when installing new flooring in the kitchen because there are often more tight spaces and corners. You’ll also need to make sure you have the proper tools to custom cut any pieces of flooring that need to go in those tiny spaces. Hiring a professional flooring installer can help eliminate the need to cover all of these bases. Using a professional is also less time consuming and can save you stress, frustration and unexpected costs or delays from mistakes.
Many local businesses like Exclusive Kitchens and More not only offer the most popular flooring choices and professional assistance in selecting the perfect flooring for your kitchen, but they also offer professional installation of your chosen flooring.
The last thing you should keep in mind before you buy any flooring for your kitchen is that while bold colors and tile patterns may seem perfect for you, chances are that the majority of potential home buyers won’t think they are as great. It is a good rule of thumb to opt for more neutral or traditional looking flooring if you’re interested in reselling the house.
Whether you choose to remodel your kitchen to increase the resale value and appeal or just want to make it more your style, there are a few things to consider before buying new counter tops. There are many options when it comes to updating your counter tops, and you’ll find just about every type in homes across the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch areas.
The first, and most important details you need to consider before you even start looking at new counter tops is your budget. If you’re doing a complete kitchen remodel on a tight budget, it is a good idea to focus your attention on the cabinets and counter tops as they are often the first thing a potential buyer looks at and can often be the deal breaker. However, just because you’re working with a low budget doesn’t mean you can’t have great looking counter tops. There are many affordable options out there and professional, like those at Exclusive Kitchens and More can help you find just the right counter top within your budget.
If you choose to do-it-yourself there are many more considerations you need to think about like measurements, tools needed, instructions on how to remove old counter tops and dispose of them.
Perhaps the second most important consideration is what style you want your new counter tops to be. Some of the most popular options in kitchen remodeling right now include stone patina, leathered stone, black granite, quartz, slate, stainless steel and butcher block tops of course the classic marble. You might want to consider using a combination as this can help enhance the functionality of the kitchen. You’ll also need to consider how thick you want your counter tops to be. Traditionally counter tops have been 1 ¼”, but now thicker counter tops are becoming more popular, with the average thickness being around 2-21/4” thick. Keep in mind that depending on what material you choose to use, this higher thickness can significantly increase your cost.
If you’re remodeling your entire kitchen, or even just the counter tops and cabinets, it is important to know that your counter tops may need to be removed before you start replacing your cabinetry, it just depends how your kitchen is laid out. If you’re just refacing your cabinets, it is best to replace your counter tops afterward because not only will you most likely be using the counter tops, but if anything spills on them it is no worry because you’re going to replace them anyway.
Lastly, remember that if you are putting in new counter tops to increase your home value and overall appeal to buyers, you should choose a more neutral material rather than a bold or unique one. Avoid bright colors and stick with functional, updated styles that would be more appealing to a wide range of tastes.
When it comes to the resale value of your home and the overall aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. Kitchen cabinets are often one of the first things a potential homebuyer looks at when they enter the kitchen. They look for both an aesthetically pleasing look and the amount of storage and functionality of the cabinetry. These are all important things to consider before you begin to renovate your kitchen.
Alternatively you could also choose to just change the color of the cabinets and the hardware. While it seems very simple, this cost-saving method can actually change the entire look and feel of the kitchen.
If you choose to completely replace the cabinets with a new cabinet system, you’ll more than likely need to hire a professional as it can be a pretty complex task that involves removing the countertops, demolition and the installation of the cabinets, appliances and sinks. If the house you are renovating is in the Sarasota area, Exclusive Kitchens and More, is one of the area businesses that offer both kitchen cabinets and fixtures as well as demolition and installation services.
When choosing to put in completely new cabinetry, you have a lot more options available to you than if you were just changing the outfacing parts. New cabinetry allows you to upgrade to soft-close drawers, lighted cabinetry, built-in spice racks, matching cabinet panels to cover appliances or custom-sized cabinets for increased storage.
There are many options when it comes to refacing. In Sarasota some of the popular options include light colored oak, maple, distressed wood, glazed wood and glass panels. If you’re taking this route other extras you might want to consider are organization systems and other features that can add better functionality such as pull out racks, storage inserts or under cabinet lighting.
Lastly, it is important to keep in mind that if you are remodeling your kitchen primarily for the purposes of making it more attractive to buyers and increasing its value, you go for a more neutral look. Making the kitchen look too modern, bold or unique might make it less appealing to the average buyer as it is too hard to please everyone with a look that you might love, but strays a little too far from the norm. Also, whether you are doing the installation yourself, or hiring a professional, it is vital to have a detailed plan before beginning on the project, including any appliances or countertops that need to be removed, measurements checked and rechecked and a firm budget. Having a plan will help ensure a smooth project that gets completed within your set timeframe with no unexpected costs or interruptions.
There is still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors… and what better way than in a beautiful, new outdoor kitchen!
Exclusive Kitchens & More, located in Sarasota, Florida specializes in the design, customization, and building of these outdoor kitchens.
Come into our showroom and see our model outdoor kitchen in person, and speak with one of our consultants.