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 Quick changing trends can often leave your kitchen outdated, before you’ve even settled in to your new place.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 When purchasing a new place, home buyers often get disheartened by outdated timber or laminate kitchen cabinets.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
Important Questions for your Cabinet Maker
A painted kitchen adds style and value to your home. Whether you’re building your kitchen from new or replacing the design of your old kitchen a cabinet maker is probably your first phone call. When you have decided on a kitchen design, the next question you will receive from your cabinet maker is what finish you would like. Timber, melamine, laminate or a painted finish are the most typical cabinet finishes that you can chose.
When choosing painted cabinets, most cabinet makers will outsource the painting of the cabinets to a professional polish shop. Though this is work the cabinet makers can do themselves, it is usually better for not only the cabinet maker, but also the client to have the work done by a professional polish shop.
If you’re having your kitchen, bathroom or laundry cabinets painted, here are some of the key questions you should ask your cabinet maker to ensure you’re getting the highest quality painted cabinets possible.