How to do kitchen renovation? – Some kitchen renovation tips

If you are looking to renovate your kitchen and want some kitchen renovation tips, you are in the correct place. Before starting let me tell you, I have personally done the renovation of my kitchen with the help of my family, and while our kitchen wasn’t very large and modern, I learned some valuable kitchen renovation tips that will help you with your future kitchen renovation project.

In this article, I will share some tips and ideas that our designer provided to us during the renovation process. You will get an overall idea of how to renovate your kitchen with planning and within budget. Let me start with an introduction

It is not wrong to say that the kitchen is the heart of our home that helps in preparing and supplying tasty food to our family members. It is a place where our mothers spend a lot of time cooking delicious food for us. And that’s why it becomes crucial to renovate the kitchen after using it for a long time.

Kitchen renovation is one of the essential home improvement projects every mom has thought of doing.. The kitchen renovation not only enhances the looks of our home but also helps in creating a good aesthetic and in turn, improves our mood and focus while cooking. Overall kitchen renovation is always a smart investment in the long run.

Before planning to start anything, you need to consider different aspects of a kitchen renovation. It can include many things.

  • Proper planning like deciding on designs, features
  • Materials to be used
  • New kitchen appliances and accessories
  • Fixtures
  • New features storage solutions
  • Finishing touches

So, if you are thinking of renovating your kitchen, this blog post will provide you with valuable information and tips to help you get started.

Proper strategic planning

Planning is the most important stage for every kitchen renovation project. By doing the proper planning you can be sure that the renovation stays on track, stays within budget, and fulfills your expectations. One needs to decide and estimate the budget and then proceed. By doing the proper budget decisions you can decide what quality and quantity of materials you need, their prices, Labor costs, Cost of materials, and other required appliances. All this will help you to understand that you don’t overspend and cross the budget limit.

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Now discuss what are the steps we need to be involved in planning a kitchen renovation:

  • Research for design ideas: The Internet is full of resources to get ideas for your kitchen Renovation. You can search for different pictures of amazing kitchens online. You can also use magazines to get some ideas from there. You need to look for different styles, layouts, colours, and other required features in such a way that it can appeal to you as well as guests that visit your home.
  • Make a list of required features: As I said above, first think about what new features you want to add to your existing kitchen setup. And you also need to consider the main purpose. For example, if you spend most of your time in the kitchen cooking and experimenting with receipts, you need to make the kitchen more spacious with lots of countertop space and storage. If your home doesn’t have much room to expand, you can add a pantry or pull-out shelves.
  • Hire a contractor or designer: Depending on the scope of your renovation, you need to hire a contractor or designer as per your budget. A good contractor can give you many more good suggestions about ideas that will help you to plan and execute the project. And try to look for someone who has experience with kitchen renovations.

To save money, it’s important to decide what is most important to you and what’s not. You also need to do some of the work yourself, like painting or installing new fixtures, to save money.

I can give you a simple tip, whatever budget you fix for renovation, keep aside some extra money that can be used for unforeseen expenses. By having everything ready from the start, you can be more organized and avoid problems going through the renovation process smoothly.

Choosing materials and finishes

The next thing that one needs to consider is choosing the good materials and finishes for your countertops, backsplashes, cabinets, and other kitchen room surfaces. All these parts are different and serve different purposes in your kitchen.

So you should choose the materials for these different parts, each with its own unique look and feel. In short, choosing the right good material will give an awesome style and durability to your kitchen that will fit your budget. Okay, let me give you some ideas about this so that you can know what materials you need to choose.

Countertops

Countertops are the flat surfaces in a kitchen that are used to prepare and serve food. They are typically installed above base cabinets and can be made of a variety of materials like natural stones, marble, quartzite, laminate, solid surface, stainless steel, and wood.

Materials required for Countertops

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countertops

Natural stone: You should choose natural stone countertops, like granite or marble, if you are looking for durability, strength, and colour variations. But the cost of using natural stones may be high and also require regular maintenance like polishing.

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Natural stone countertop

Laminate: If you don’t know about Laminate, let me tell you that these are made of layers of paper or fabric impregnated with resin. One good thing I can say about them is that they are budget-friendly and preferred by many common people. When you visit a marble shop, you will get to see a wide variety of colour and pattern options to choose from. But, it’s important to note that while they are cheaper, they are not as durable as natural stone. This means they can get more scratches and may fade in colour.

Solid surface: Solid surface countertops, such as Corian, are acrylic and non-porous. They pose a great advantage by making the materials resistant to stains and cleanable. They are too available in various shapes, designs, and colours. But price wise they lag behind as they are more expensive than laminate and natural stone.

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solid surface countertop

Wood: Wood countertops are commercially called butcher block countertops. They are made from long strips of wood that are stuck together using glue and the surface is made smooth using sandpaper. You can easily understand my points by looking at the images.

These are a popular choice for kitchen islands and are also relatively inexpensive compared to other materials. And I think you know what level of maintenance wooden materials require. These countertops require regular oiling to protect the surface from moisture and stains. If you want to have a natural and warm look in your kitchen, then you can definitely go for this option.

Backsplashes

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Backsplashes

Backsplashes are a type of protective wall in the kitchen that is used to protect the wall behind countertops from splashes, spills, and other types of kitchen messes. These are installed between countertops and upper cabinets. Generally, they are made of tiles, stainless steel, stones, and in some cases even glass. They help a lot in keeping the walls clean and also give a decorative look to the kitchen.

Materials required for backsplashes

Tile: Tile backsplashes are a common choice for kitchen backsplashes because they are durable, easy to clean, and add a shiny, attractive look to the space. Tiles are also manufactured from different materials like ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone.

Tiles generally come in square and rectangular shapes so they can be arranged in various patterns and designs. And one thing you should keep in mind is that installing tile backsplashes demands time and skill and can be labour-intensive. This is because it requires skilled labour to get the tiles set perfectly. This can involve additional costs beyond the material expenses

Stainless steel: Stainless steel backsplashes are used more often nowadays. These stainless steel can give a restaurant-type touch to your kitchen. One of the key benefits of stainless steel is that they are resistant to stains.

And also they can be cleaned easily and this makes a practical choice for every kitchen mom in a busy cooking space. Sometimes, stainless steel tends to be more expensive than other tiles. And if you ask me about the cons, they may show fingerprints and scratches more easily.

Stainless steel backsplashes

Glass: Glass backsplash adds more light to your kitchen as they reflect the light hence adding more shine to your kitchen. I know you will question the durability of glass backsplashes, and yes I agree, glass is more prone to cracking and breaking if not maintained properly.

However, this possibility is somewhat reduced if you consider purchasing from a trusted supplier. On the other hand, glasses are also easy to clean and can be wiped with a wet cloth to remove any spills or splashes.

Cabinets

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cabinets

Kitchen cabinets provide storage space that is installed in the kitchen to hold dishes, pans, utensils, and other cooking essentials. They are generally made of wood or more specifically plywood. Some cabinets are also made of stainless steel and laminate.

Like other parts of the kitchen, cabinets are also available in different styles, colours, and finishes. Kitchen cabinets are a very important element as they serve multiple purposes in the kitchen such as storage space as well as help in giving the overall look of the space.

There are many types of kitchen cabinets named on the basis of the position they are installed. For example,

  • Base cabinets – When cabinets are installed on the floor
  • Wall cabinets – Mounted on the wall and used for storing dishes and other smaller items;
  • Pantry cabinets – Used for storing non-perishable food items and other supplies.

Now let’s discuss the materials used in the cabinets:

  • Wood: Wood cabinets are the best and classic option. Since wooden cabinets can be given different sizes, styles, and finishes, they become the best choice for many people. Also, these give off the look of natural beauty, are durable, and can be remodelled if they become worn or damaged. On the other hand, they also require regular maintenance, such as sanding and painting.
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wood cabinets
  • Metal: If you want durability, and resistance to moisture and heat, metal cabinets such as stainless steel are a great choice. The cleaning process is also very easy as you can use a simple cloth to wipe away the spillage. But those who are on a tight budget may find it very expensive to install
  • Thermofoil: Thermofoil cabinets are made of wood materials like MDF that are covered with a thin layer of vinyl. These are also budget-friendly but do not stand high in the category of durability because the layer can peel or bubble over time.
  • MDF: As I took the name MDF in the above point, let me tell you about MDF. MDF means Medium Density Fiberboard cabinets that are made of wood fibres or powders that are compressed tightly to form a solid panel. MDF cabinets are not as moisture-resistant as other materials.
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We personally like wood cabinets as it gives a classic look to the kitchen and also can be customized with different colors, styles, and designs. However, metal cabinets are definitely recommended as they are durable and easy to clean. Whatever materials you choose, you need to make sure your cabinets are of high quality and able to resist the daily rough usage of the kitchen.

Updating appliances and fixtures

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appliances and fixtures

Kitchen appliances means all those electrical or mechanical gadgets that are used in the kitchen for cooking, food storage, and cleaning. Some everyday examples of kitchen appliances are refrigerators, ovens, stovetops, electrical chimneys, dishwashers, and microwaves.

Kitchen fixtures are the permanent things that we install in a kitchen while constructing the kitchen. Objects like sinks, faucets, and lighting are some examples. Since they are permanent structures so they are made up of more durable materials like stainless steel or ceramic so that they can tolerate the hard use of the kitchen

You should definitely update these items in your kitchen while doing the renovation. These new gadgets increase your efficiency while cooking, and save energy as old appliances consume more energy than the advanced latest gadgets.

It also improves the looks as you can now choose the colour and style of these appliances according to the kitchen style and theme that you have decided to apply during the renovation. You should choose these objects by considering your planned budget too.

Okay, let me tell you about some factors to consider while updating your appliances.

When researching to update appliances, you first measure and consider the size of your kitchen, then the layout of the kitchen also the size of the family matters because if you have a large family and you cook often, So you may need to invest in a bigger refrigerator or oven or any kitchen device.

But if you have 3-4 members in your family, then you should go for compact and small-sized appliances, like a mini fridge or over-the-range microwave.

In terms of energy efficiency, look for appliances that are energy efficient. You can choose by looking at Energy Star ratings. Generally, the energy rating stickers are pasted on the surface of the appliances.

Apart from these things, you can also consider some smaller factors such as considering the appliances that come with features like LED lighting, convection cooking, self-cleaning function, etc. I am saying this because they help in saving energy and money in the long run.

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LED lights

Nowadays many companies have started launching kitchen products with smart technology like remote control features. Like smartphones, kitchen appliances and fixtures with smart features can be controlled remotely or with voice commands.

You can easily find touchless faucets in the market. Touchless means you can activate it by moving your hand, which is detected by sensors attached to the devices. This feature also helps in maintaining the hygiene of the kitchen as they reduce the spread of germs. But they may be a little bit costly.

Finally, you have to select and finalize the equipment keeping the budget as the first priority in your mind. Whatever items you choose for renovation must be energy efficient, should have good performance, and good features, should improve the look and aesthetic of the kitchen, as well as must be durable and work in a long run.

Adding new features and storage solutions

We look for new features when you upgrade a phone. Then how can we ignore it during the kitchen renovation? If we are investing money then we should try to renovate everything within the budget without compromising on the quality of the renovation process. Updating your kitchen with new features and storage solutions helps in improving the utility of the space. You can choose many options to upgrade the features:

  • Kitchen island: The kitchen island is also a great option to add as a feature to your kitchen as it provides extra counter space, storage, and seating in your kitchen. You will find many styles of kitchen islands in the market like Freestanding kitchen islands, Built-in kitchen islands, Extendable kitchen islands, Curved kitchen islands, etc.
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kitchen islands
  • Breakfast bar: Similar to the kitchen island, installing a breakfast bar can also provide you with an additional workspace that will also improve the layout of your kitchen.
  • Pantry: This feature not only make the kitchen spacious and keep it organized but also make cooking and meal prep more smooth and more enjoyable. You can choose from a standalone pantry or one that is built into your kitchen cabinets. You can purchase non-perishable items in bulk and store them for future use.
  • Pull-out shelves: You can install Pull-out shelves in your kitchen cabinets if you want to access the items more easily stored at the back of the cabinet. These things add a great deal of convenience to small kitchens or for those who have difficulty reaching items stored in high cabinets.

Pull-out shelves

  • Built-in coffee station: If you like coffee and you want a quick cup of coffee in the morning and evening, then this feature is for you. It provides a timely and trendy area for preparing coffee and similar drinks. It can be as simple as a countertop with a built-in coffee maker, or as elaborate as a full bar set up with a sink, refrigerator, and storage for glasses and other supplies.
  • Under-cabinet charging outlets: Nowadays many of you Moms like me are using mobiles, speakers other similar gadgets while cooking. So these Under-cabinet charging outlets provide a suitable and out-of-sight spot to charge the devices. You can keep cords and cables organized and off the countertops.

You should now have some ideas about what type of new features you need to add to your kitchen, what things to consider, and what features will give you advantages while cooking. It is up to you to choose the relevant features based on your budget and needs.

Adding a layer of safety to the kitchen

Many times while buying a new home or getting our new home constructed, we forget the safety concerns. I am saying this because the kitchen is a place where many accidents can happen. I pray that this should not happen in anyone’s home but still safety is the first thing every mother should take care of. You must have read a lot of news related to the possible dangers in the kitchen.

Forget about major accidents, sharp knives, hot surfaces, and spills or splashes of liquids can cause minor accidents. So by taking steps to increase safety in your kitchen, you can reduce your risk of accidents and injuries. These things are essential when you have small children or elders in your house.

So you should also take some steps to pay attention to the safety part while going for renovation. For example, you should install smoke detectors to prevent a kitchen fire from spreading. Some more such points are listed by me below.

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  1. Install non-slip floors by choosing flooring materials that are slip-resistant
  2. You can add good lighting sources to your room, especially in areas where you will be preparing food like gas stoves.
  3. You should use safety glass for installing new glass cabinets or shelves to prevent injuries from broken glass.
  4. Try to keep the stove and oven away from high-traffic areas to reduce the risk of accidents.
  5. You must select securer materials that are flame-resistant or non-toxic for countertops and backsplashes.
  6. You can install childproof locks on cabinets and drawers to prevent your sons/daughters from accessing dangerous items.
  7. You should buy an electrical kitchen chimney that comes with LED lights

Finishing touches and accessories

Finishing touches are those final details that are taken care of to give a completely new look and feature to your kitchen. All the finishing touches and the new accessories are like the cherry on top of a kitchen renovation, that helps to connect everything together and add essence to the space. The finishing touches can vary depending on your likes, dislikes, and your kitchen style but here are some basics to consider.

  • Paint or wallpaper: You can add a fresh coat of paint or install any kitchen-suitable wallpapers. These things completely transform the look of your kitchen. You need to choose colours that complement your cabinets, countertops, and other finishes. Overall you should choose an accent wall or a patterned wallpaper that gives a symmetry look and creates a point of attraction
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  • Lighting: Using bright lighting definitely makes a big difference in the look and feel of freshness in your kitchen. You can use under-cabinet lights, pendant lights above the kitchen island, or recessed lighting to add more brightness to the kitchen. And of course one more thing, you can choose the light colour and type of lighting according to the colour of your kitchen. You can also install smart bulbs that can be controlled from your smartphone and can even change colour.
Kitchen lighting
Kitchen Lighting
  • Decorative elements: These are the most creative things to do in your kitchen. You can add decorative elements, such as artwork, wall art, plants, curtains, shades, drawer pulls, knobs, and handles to add some flair to your cabinetry. These add personality and warmth to your kitchen. You can also add small decor items, such as vases, candles, and kitchen towels, to add more style to your kitchen.
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decorative elements like plant

You can go with the latest trends too. But for that, you might need to increase the budget. One of the latest trends in the use of mixed materials, such as combining wood and metal or combining different types of tile. Bold colour accents, such as colourful backsplashes or painted cabinets, are also favoured.

Benefits of Kitchen Renovation

  1. A kitchen renovation enhances the utility of your kitchen by reconfiguring the layout, changing colours, and decorations, and adding features like an island or more storage.
  2. If you are planning to sell your home, then a planned renovation helps during this time as it adds value to your home, as the renovation makes your kitchen more attractive to buyers.
  3. During the renovation process, you update your kitchen with energy-saving tools and lighting that help to reduce energy bills.
  4. You can customize your kitchen to meet your visualized expectations kitchen’s interior.
  5. A renovated kitchen also sweetens the overall look and feel of your home. While cooking food you can enjoy the moment without getting frustrated
  6. The kitchen renovation process also adds additional storage facilities that make the kitchen more organized.
  7. As I said above in the feature point, the renovated kitchen with features like non-slip flooring and improved lighting improves the safety of your kitchen.

Conclusion

Now it’s time to wrap it up. A properly planned kitchen renovation can make a big difference in the look, feel, and of your home. By updating materials and finishes, appliances and fixtures, new features and storage solutions, and finishing touches and accessories, you can create a kitchen that truly reflects your personal style and needs.

I hope this blog post has given you some valuable details and ideas for your own kitchen renovation. Thank you for reading, and I welcome your thoughts and experiences on kitchen renovation in the comments section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I renovate my kitchen myself?

To renovate your kitchen on your own, you need proper planning, research, and the required tool and equipment to start step by step. You also need to take help from any consultant online, read blogs and watch related kitchen renovation videos. But if you want a clean and smooth renovation process, then it is better to hire a professional.

What is the cheapest way to redo a kitchen?

The cheapest way to redo a kitchen is to focus on the design and looks of the kitchen rather than going for a significant renovation. You can save the budget by simply painting the cabinets, replacing the hardware, and updating the backsplash and countertops by going with budget-friendly options.

Can I design my kitchen myself?

Yes, you can design a kitchen using many softwares and tools available in the market. In fact, there are many AI tools that can give you designs just by describing and entering your needs and ideas in a text box. The AI tool will generate multiple images based on the text you enter. Still, it would be a good idea to hire a professional as AI can never beat humans when it comes to creativity.

How do you make a simple kitchen upgrade?

For a simple kitchen upgrade, you can replace the faucet, add a new backsplash, paint the cabinets and walls, replace the lighting, repair some non-functional gadgets, and add some kitchen stickers. can add. By planning a fixed and small budget, you can update these things quickly.

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About the author
Hi, my name is Reena Sahu and I am a housewife with 26 years of experience. I have always had a keen interest in cooking and love experimenting with new recipes and foods. As a mother of two, I understand the importance of healthy and delicious meals for the whole family. In addition to my passion for cooking, I have also developed an interest in writing and have completed several online courses on food and nutrition. My two sons have helped me to start this blog. Through my kitchen blog, I hope to share my knowledge and experience with others who share my love for all things culinaryConnect with Us :LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook

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