If you’re planning a do-it-yourself makeover on your kitchen, there’s a couple of things you need to know and consider upfront. Sometimes all that is needed are small and simple changes to have a huge impact on the look and feel of a space.
Your kitchen space can be made more appealing without a major renovation and without significant expense. In addition to researching trends, here are some more suggestions to get that done:
Have a vision
The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to do, then come up with a plan to get it done. Think about how you and your family use your kitchen space, and what needs to change to make it function well for you. Make a list of what will need to be changed or tweaked to get your kitchen up to speed with the rest of your life. Decide which tasks on your list you can do on your own, and which will require the hiring of a contractor.
Planning and preparation
If you’re like most of us, your creative juices get to flowing and you find yourself swamped with ideas and inspirations. You have to sift through them all and decide what you can make happen and what is out of your league or price range. Many kitchen renovation projects can be accomplished with a little do-it-yourself mojo.
Decide what can be done by you, within budget and for which you have no proper skill set. If you’re not sure of what is involved with a specific remodeling job, you can always fall back on your favorite go-to guy: Google it. You can find videos and how-to tutorials all over the Internet. Determine what you have the skill sets to do and what will have to be farmed out to a contractor for completion.
Pay attention to details
Most do-it-yourself improvements are small scale projects. Changes that you may be able to do yourself are things like installing custom shelving, repainting a wall or cabinets, adding crown molding and wainscoting. Many of the decorative touches are things you can do on your own. Anything you can manage on your own will save you money. Scour through the posts on Pinterest for ideas on how to achieve the look you want. Many of the postings will give you step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself for a lot less.
Time to get busy!
Once you’ve got your plan laid out, your budget in hand and your contractors lined up, now comes the fun part. It’s time to get to work. You’ve taken the time to think things through and to prepare for every contingency you could think of. Start with small things and work your way up from there. This will boost your confidence and also let you know exactly what your limitations are.
If all goes as planned, you’re probably the first to ever experience that. Most people hit multiple bumps in the road as they go along. If this happens to you, don’t lose hope and don’t lose your hold on the vision you have for your remodeled space. It will all be worth it in the end.