Create GlamDon Raney and Jaymes Richardson, Civility Design:
One of the most popular updates is to change your cabinetry hardware, but think in terms of finding some fashion-forward hardware pieces, like Lucite knobs. Instead of mounting them in the traditional location of the lower left or right hand corner of the cabinet door frame, mount it directly in the center of the cabinet door for the greatest impact and change of appearance. Also, spray paint a large diameter washer chrome or a complementing color to your knob to create a decorative back plate. It results in a very glam effect and makes the cabinetry look more like pieces furniture than kitchen cabinetry.
Painting the cabinetry can also add dramatic results, even on basic stock oak cabinets. Clean the surfaces very well to remove any cooking and kitchen grease or dirt, and for best results, use a small foam roller rather than with the one you would typically paint walls. It will take more coats and applications than painting a wall, but the results appear as if it were professionally done. Dark paint, such as black or deep brown, especially when paired up with new hardware, results in a very sexy kitchen with a high-end look and lounge-like feel.
Those are both easy, attainable and well within a $200 makeover, with a little bit of sweat equity. If you're happy with the cabinet finish and hardware you already have, try changing out what may be a boring, pedestrian flush-mount ceiling fixture with a chandelier. New chandeliers are available in both clear and a variety of colored crystals. If you prefer to find a unique, one-of-a-kind chandelier, you'll enjoy the hunt of locating one at resale shops, antiques stores or architectural salvage stores. Your new lighting will change the look, feel, energy and drama of any style of kitchen and provides an immediate wow factor.
Clear the ClutterAmy Bubier, AB Design Elements LLC:
1. Clean out the clutter, remove everything from the walls, counters, windows and on top of the cabinets so you can see the kitchen as a fresh clean slate.
2. Identify a design style that speaks to you. Do you respond to a minimalist modern interior space or a more layered, richly colored and accessorized space? Every good design begins with a plan and identifying your design goals is the first step.
3. Grab a measuring tape, a ruler and a piece of graph paper and draw an ‘as built’ floor plan. Measure the room and draw it to scale where 1/4-inch (one square on the graph paper) equals one foot. Draw in the cabinets and appliances. Now you’re ready to begin the planning process. Though your $200 budget obviously won’t cover a full remodel, you may find that the as built (and overlay sketches that you may want to do) will help to spark ideas for a new idea file. Maybe plan for a remodel for next year! Sometimes seeing your kitchen from a different perspective gives you new ideas.
4. Time to spend that $200 and you guessed it. Begin by painting the walls with a color that you’ve seen in one of those inspiration photos, and even consider painting the cabinets if they are old and drab.
5. Remove the old flooring, rent a concrete sander/grinder to prep the slab and use a soy-based concrete stain, like Soy-Crete, to give the concrete a non-toxic, easy-to-apply coating of sheer color.
6. Accessorize with a few well-proportioned, well-placed items to re-invigorate the room with a new style. Toss the old clutter and dusty faux plants!
All About the BacksplashRouzita Vahhabaghai, Ita Design:
In addition to changing cabinet door hardware and a fresh coat of paint, the backsplash is where you can make the most dramatic impact in a kitchen.
Try one of these options to update your backsplash:
- Chalkboard and whiteboard paints come in an array of colors. However, the basic black chalkboard paint behind any cabinet creates a simple, clean look by adding contrast and depth to a kitchen.
- Wallpaper has come a long way with an endless assortment of patterns and finishes like vinyl for easy cleaning/removal.
- Laminates include a brushed stainless steel finish to give the look of stainless without the cost.
- Another way to achieve a sleek look is to paint the backsplash wall a bold color and cover it with a panel of glass or Plexiglas. Fabrics or wallpaper can also be applied instead of paint.
- Porcelain tiles can be cost effective and come in a range of patterns, mosaics and textures.
For a more open look, extend the backsplash up the wall and replace bulky upper cabinets with shelves that will expose a beautiful collection of dishes and glassware.
Enhance Your WallsLuis Caicedo, Luis Caicedo Design:
Paint is the fastest and easiest update, but for this kitchen I use Venetian plaster instead. It's roughly as expensive as a gallon of paint but creates a luxurious feel that is pretty easy to clean.
Tiny mosaic tiles placed in a dramatic way maximize the visual impact. Shop around at tile outlets for leftover lots of tile to save money. The combination of plaster and glass tiles is timeless, luxurious, yet simple, modern and elegant.
The countertops in this kitchen are quite small but expensive to replace. I wanted a very natural looking surface, something like a huge slab of rough stone, so to achieve the look, I create a faux-finished texture of concrete and plastic wood over rough wood. It is finished with many layers of protective varnish and wax.