Reality Rules: Misconceptions About At Home Renovation Shortcuts
The last few years has seen an overwhelming hype and popularity of home renovation shows such as The Block and Reno Rumble. These shows give great insight into the the highs and lows that come with renovating a home. Though renovation reality television does provide a lot of great tips for renovating, it also provides a number of misconceptions regarding your kitchen, bathroom or laundry renovations. We have often talked about how easy it is to save money on your kitchen, bathroom and laundry renovations by getting your cabinets refinished instead of replaced. Renovation TV shows often show kitchen cabinets being refinished within the home. Though this is a viable, cheaper alternative to replacing your kitchen – there can be a number of issues that come with in-house cabinet refinishing.
You wouldn’t paint your car at home – why would you paint your kitchen cabinets? Painting cabinets within the home provides an environment that cannot be controlled. This increases the risk of
Timber or Laminate: A Kitchen Repaint Will Save You Money
There are endless cabinetry options for your kitchen – laminate, melamine, vinyl wrapped, painted cabinets, timber – the list goes on. Every few years creates new interior decorating and design trends. A modern kitchen usually doesn’t stay modern for long. Quick changing trends can often leave your kitchen outdated, before you’ve even settled in to your new place.
If you have an established home, or you’re looking at moving into an existing home, renovating your kitchen may be cheaper than you think. When purchasing a new place, home buyers often get disheartened by outdated timber or laminate kitchen cabinets. An assumption that ‘replacing’ the kitchen will run up a large renovation bill often means a great house will be discredited or undervalued.
Refinishing or replacing a laminate or timber kitchen doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. If the structure of your cabinetry is good, a laminate or timber kitchen can be completely refinished at almost a third of the price of completely renovating it.
Professional vs DIY: When Should You Use a Professional for your Renovation
We have all seen the home renovation shows on TV where seemingly every day people are able to repaint their kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets to reveal a professional looking end result. Though do-it-yourself home renovations are becoming increasingly popular because of the popularity of these shows, it is creating an unrealistic perception that you can do everything on your own and end up with a professionally finished renovation.
A great deal of your home renovation can be done yourself and DIY projects are a great way to save money. When planning your renovation, it is important to have a clear idea what you should do yourself, and where you should spend extra for a professional.
Projects to do yourself
1. Painting walls yourself is a great and easy way to save money on your home renovations. If this is the first time you have tried painting your own home, YouTube provides a number of great videos
3 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen, Bathroom or Laundry Renovation
The kitchen, bathroom and laundry are three of the most well loved and utilised rooms in a house. Because of this, they are usually the first rooms that need a facelift when you start thinking about home renovations. Unfortunately, a full renovation of these rooms comes with a hefty price tag. If you’re looking to bring new life to your home, whether it’s renovating yourself or using a professional, here are some handy industry tips on how to renovate this rooms on a budget.
Do it yourself – Bathroom and Laundry cabinets
Did you know that major retailers such as Bunnings stock flat packed cabinets? A common complaint about older style bathroom and laundries, is the lack of cupboard and bench space. This can easily be solved by a trip down to your local hardware store.
Flat packed cabinets come with relatively easy to follow instructions, so if you’re a little bit handy when it comes to using
How Colour Matching Could Help Your Kitchen Renovation
Bringing life back to an outdated kitchen is often a lot simpler than you would expect. When a home is starting to look lived in and dated, the first room on the “renovation wish list” is usually the kitchen, bathroom or laundry. These rooms are the some of the most well used rooms in the house and because of this, they often require renovation attention first.
Getting your kitchen cabinets refinished instead of replaced typically costs about a third of the price. Almost any cabinet surface can be painted, as long as the underlying MDF is still in good workable condition. One of the biggest benefits of refinishing your cabinets is the fact that paint can be colour matched to almost any colour. So even if you only want a few cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry to be refinished, it can be done.
Vinyl kitchens of the 90’s and 00’s are amongst the most popular to be renovated at the moment. The lifespan of vinyl