The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in any home. Toronto kitchens run the gamut from extremely high-end, luxury models to tiny, well-designed spaces made to maximize effectiveness and practicality.
Remodeling your existing kitchen is one of the best ways to guarantee a return on your investment dollars. Whether you have an unlimited budget or you have to make every dollar count, you can turn your existing kitchen into an attractive, modern and stylish setting using a few old tricks.
Although it might seem too straight-forward to work, painting your kitchen can change its look entirely. If you already have good cabinets made from solid wood, then swapping them out for newer cabinets might not be the best solution. Instead stripping them of their old paint and giving them a new colour will definitely do the trick. Another good option that works wonders is resurfacing your old cabinets. A layer of new finish is added to the existing finish and details are incorporated such as moldings, capping and more to create a whole new look. Resurfacing is more costly than repainting but still more economical than changing your cabinets completely.
Even if you don’t do anything else, changing your existing counter will make your kitchen pop! Depending on your budget you can opt from the most popular materials of melamine, composite or pure stone counters. The choice you make will be largely dictated by your budget as well as your taste. Bear in mind that if you opt for a stone counter, then you must be prepared to maintain it every so often in order to keep it in top condition. You can also go with lesser used but just as attractive materials including concrete, wood and stainless steel.
Adding a backsplash is a good and inexpensive way of updating the look of your kitchen. If you already have a backsplash, you can either change it entirely or scrub it clean and repaint it – the finished effect is far better than what you would expect. Another option is covering it with some of the newly available stick-on tiles found in hardware stores – they are easy to use and will give your kitchen a fantastic new look.
Changing your light fixtures to something more modern will also be a good way to give your kitchen some pizzazz. Instead of sticking to the tried and true dome lights, try something suspended, track lighting or even pot lighting.
A very quick and easy fix to any kitchen makeover is changing the fixtures. Installing high-end fixtures can change the look of your cabinets within a half-hour.
If you have a larger budget, then hiring an architect to help you include an additional pantry, a centre island or even the redesign of the entire space is a good way to go as they can give you ideas that you might not have on your own.
Whatever you decide, just make sure that your kitchen suits your needs and your style.