KITCHEN DECORATING IDEAS
KITCHEN DECORATING IDEAS TO LOOK LIKE REMODELING
If you’re tired of the way your kitchen looks, it’s time for some new kitchen decorating ideas. Maybe your kitchen décor dates back to the 70s or you now regret that you decided to do the entire kitchen in lime green. Whatever the case, you may be looking at a new home improvement project on the horizon.
However, if you decide to totally remodel your existing kitchen, that can get expensive fast. Instead of taking on a project that will cost you thousands of dollars, here are a few budget friendly suggestions for your kitchen decorating ideas that will give you a whole new look without the cost of a big remodeling project.
There are fun faux techniques that you can use for visual interest, such as a fresco effect, sponge painting, and more. For a few extra dollars, you can purchase roller covers that give you fun paint affects as well.
For really cheap kitchen decorating ideas, is just buy some paint. You’ll be surprised at the difference a coat of paint can make in a kitchen.
In fact, many big box retailers (and a few paint stores) have a returns area, in which they have gallon and pint cans of returned paint. Wrong color, tint, semi-gloss not satin, whatever.
They even sell these gallon cans for around five bucks! That’s enough for a medium kitchen, right there. Be warned though, your color ideas may have to flex a little.
Refinishing or refacing your cabinets—as opposed to buying new—is one of the kitchen decorating ideas that can save you a lot of money. You could easily spend over $10,000 on brand new cabinets. If yours are still in good shape, a simple refinishing can make them look brand new again. Give them a fresh look by painting, refinishing or refacing them. The $5-a-gallon paint comes in semi-gloss and satin too. And, new doors alone will make everything look new.
To add a “finishing” touch to your kitchen, crown molding can be a great idea. It really provides an upscale look as long as it’s installed correctly. But that’s a bit challenging, especially if you’ve never mitered corners before. To avoid the difficulty of mitering the corners, consider going with miter-less molding (below), which is a thin plastic form, that you can cut with great latitude. As long as you’re close, you’re good. The corners are designed to hide a lot. Clever, really.
Adding some color and texture to the kitchen with window treatments, such as blinds, is another of the kitchen decorating ideas you could consider. Hot right now are Roman shades, made of bamboo and natural fibers. Or, a valance over the sink. Simple things like hanging fabric or even square linen napkins or lightweight placemats over a curtain rod. Or, head to a big box. Curtains for small kitchen windows, in some cases are only about $20 for brand new.
Maybe you’re just tired of the way your appliances look, but you can’t replace them right now. Why not update them? One of the most striking kitchen decorating ideas is to simply replace the fronts of your refrigerator, range or dishwasher. Search “reface appliance”, “appliance front”, etc using the Bing Custom Search box located on the right of this page. Another option is to purchase appliance paint and give the appliances a brand new look. You can even “faux” ’em!
Speaking of which, updating the counters is a great way of changing the kitchen. But that’s expensive, and there’s no way around that, is there? Do you love the look of stone counters? If so, you can get that look without the high price. All you need is the right paint.
There are tough, resilient products available and books now on how to paint a faux stone finish. No kidding, painted countertops. It is a bit difficult, but if you’ll take the time to practice first, you’ll soon be able to wow your family and your guests! It’ll cost about $50 or so to get counters that look like they cost thousands!
Also, think about new flooring for the kitchen. It need not be expensive at all. Today you can get just about any look you want—from ceramic tile to hardwood—with laminate flooring, one of the leastexpensive kitchen flooring choices. Lam flooring is warm, because of the pad it “floats” on, and nearly indestructible. Believe it or not, laminate flooring is a huge, high-res photograph (of hardwood, stone, etc.) coated with a high strength clear polymer!
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