11 Quick & Affordable Kitchen Renovation Tips

Kitchen remodels can prove to be a wallet emptier if you don’t know exactly what you are after, or how to do it. That is why if you would rather save your hard earned money when you remodel, it is important to choose the best projects that will create the biggest impact but cost the least amount of money. If you are capable of staying focused on your desired results and eager to get your hands a little dirty with the projects, then you will certainly be able to have your kitchen update on your budget.

Here are 11 ideas to help with your kitchen renovations:

1. Change the lighting.

Any new stylish lighting can change the whole atmosphere of the room and be the center focus. Things such as blown glass pendants come cheap while bursting with style. This is a really cheap way to completely change the feel of your kitchen.

2. New Hardware.

Remodeling your kitchen could also include adding some new hardware to what you have. This will create a new look and add some variety. Just be careful with the price of this, especially if you have a lot of cabinets. To check the amount of new hardware you need, just count the number of knobs and pulls in your kitchen and see what hardware can fit in the budget that you have. There are lots of cheap options like brass pulls or knobs that you can find for around $10 per piece.

3. New Accessories.

It is difficult to decorate much in the kitchen, so you have to be sure to take every opportunity you have to decorate things. This could include using things like utensil holders that fit a theme or displaying things in rustic packaging.

4. Paint your cabinet.

Some kitchen cabinets seem to get old with their color, or they are just too bland. Try repainting to spruce up the look of your kitchen.

5. Only paint half of the cabinets.

One new modern style is to paint only your cabinets on the bottom and keep the bottom of your kitchen island black, then leave all of the upper cabinets a solid white.

6. Put in some sconces.

These provide an excellent light that creates a nice atmosphere. On a budget, you can find some plugin versions and then find a way to conceal the cord. Or if you have a little more money, you can hire an electrician to get them professionally done.

7. Use Rustic style.

Using things such as a farmhouse look can create a warming look to your kitchen. For example, you can replace a door for a sliding barn looking door, or even use an antique stool for decorations.

8. Use easy to install shelves.

If you do not have a lot of cabinet space, use some easily installed wood shelves with metal brackets.

9. Get a nice look by using Roman shades.

These will make your kitchen seem more like home and give it a nice feel. Make sure to match your shades with your glass doors for a nice unified look.

10. Paint the floor.

Painting the floor a nice color can create a new stylish feel for a small cost.

11. Look on Craigslist.

Some building materials or remodeling items can be found on Craigslist for very cheap. This is a great place to start if you are looking for some budget materials.

Article was written by Caliber West Renovations


Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

hidden-kitchen-appliancesFor 2014, there is a variety of kitchen renovations ideas, styles and trends for renovating your Greater Vancouver home, so you are sure to find something you like that’s also in style. Whether you are looking for a quick update or a complete overhaul with a new design, you will definitely love these ideas.


Hideaway Appliances

Those who’ve their finger near the pulse of stylish trends, most probably know that stainless-steel appliances and devices are the new ‘must’. However, what one may not know is that much more unusual gadgets are going to be the main topic of 2014 design trends. A significant 2014 trend is hidden devices. This goes one step beyond the cabinet materials camouflage and means a greater focus on small or peculiar shaped appliances, like mini-fridges, and other stream-lined appliances (from wine-coolers to trash compactors) that will offer more counter-top space and keep your kitchen area at a smooth waist-high level, and so are ideal for installing right into a kitchen isle.

Featuring Lighting

While lighting in a kitchen area was previously a bit of a second thought, well-planned lighting is holding its own as a unique design element. With an open plan and large kitchens becoming a fashion, it is possible to set up an attractive and warm space that brings practical aspects of space into consideration. Now, tasks and lighting are both important in the cooking area. LED-lights are also trending for 2014, so why wouldn’t you incorporate soft, kick-board and under-the-cabinet LED lighting into your design?


kitchen-backsplash-ideas-300x199Backsplashes, especially behind the hob, are turning out to be a very popular trend for 2014. The back-coated glass is fantastic for putting in a splash of color to a contemporary kitchen, and it’ll reflect gentle, LED lights, setting up a bit of ambiance. The design of a single glass-sheet can also be swapped out by glass mosaic tiles for an easy, quick, and low-cost DIY-project that will renew your kitchen area for the Newyear. Some other common choices include using sintered porcelain or quartz cladding, either masking the whole wall section between the upper and lower cabinets or simply at the rear of the hob.

Go Eco-Friendly

Likewise, the ‘Green Movement’ is not going anywhere, and 2014 trends echo this in nearly every way. Primary materials and products will be even more eco-friendly (such as bamboo floors), and even appliances will need to have an ‘EnergyStar’ rating or additional energy-efficient benefits. The more substantial the remodeling, the more essential it’s that it gets done properly because it will save on the start-up (by means of government subsidies) as well as in the future (as lower energy bills).

Super Classy Sinks

Often unnoticed but never to be ignored, your sink will be a center point for the 2014 trends, particularly if you’re looking to do smaller face-lift rather than a total upgrade. Continually, popular stainless-steel sinks are going to find their zenith once again in 2014 for their style, long-lasting structure, and low maintenance. However, if you’re interested in something a bit more conventional and less modern, consider stone composite sinks, copper sinks or even clay farmhouse sinks that will enhance the eco-friendliness of your kitchen and provide a non-porous, smooth sink that will not show damage.

We can help with your kitchen renovations

Remodelling and renovating any part of your home, yourself can be a pain. Talk to the professionals at Caliber West Renovations top have your kitchen remodeled or whole home renovations.