More people now do their very own kitchen renovations, and there are many tasks they can do on their own. However, when it comes to changing your kitchen cabinets, caution should be taken to avoid mistakes that will cost you a fortune. Updating your kitchen cabinets can be very tricky work indeed, so be careful. There are always limitations as a DIYer. What you want to do, like everyone does, is to freshen up your cabinetry, not wreck them aimlessly.
How Much can you Spend on Cabinets
In case you’re wondering why budget always comes up in discussions about home renovations, it’s because what you can do revolves around how much you can spend. The other way around is a dangerous venture. Determine what your preferred budget is and then work with that budget. Re-painting or re-finishing your cabinets is the least expensive way for an update. The next thing on the budget ladder is replacing cabinet doors and handles and at the other end then there is the complete replacement of the cabinetry.
If you’re buying new kitchen cabinets, stick to durable ones. The material itself should be durable and water-proof. The construction should be sturdy.
Can You Actually Perform the Work
Working on kitchen cabinets requires more than simple do-it-yourself skills. It’s not for first-timers who want to fiddle casually with what trained professionals do on a daily basis. But if you’re willing to learn yourself and risk a little money to a complete fiasco, well then by all means you should proceed. Just follow standard measurements and alignments. Misaligned and titling cabinets are standard results of poorly executed DIY work.
By the way, just because it’s do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you cannot ask help from friends. You probably have a friend whose skills are more polished than yours. Maybe they can lend a hand. Just make sure you treat them to something.
Aesthetics, Planning, and Functionality
The problem with redesigning kitchens or bathrooms is these areas serve as essential utilities in the house and neglecting the importance of these rooms is not a good idea. However, ignoring design altogether is an equally horrible idea.
For instance, when replacing cabinet doors, you may pick anything you find that looks good. After all, what’s functional is good. Or is it? While some materials are sturdy and durable, they may be prone to stains and watermarks. The best materials for a busy kitchen are those that are not prone to fingerprints and stains, unless you find cleaning a fun hobby. At the same time, designs that are easy to handle are highly recommended. What good is a sleek door handle if you can’t grasp it when your hands are slippery and wet? It’s all about balance between aesthetics and function. One isn’t necessarily good without the other.
Make Sure you can Open the Cabinets
Silly question, right? Or probably not. A typical DIY mistake, when replacing cabinet doors or the entire cabinetry, is layout inconsistency. You could ruin the efficiency and mobility in the kitchen if you replace or renovate your cabinets without considering the design. So you have cabinets that open into stoves and drawers that also bump into something else upon opening. You might have to redo your work soon!
There are plenty of other problems to watch out for too, like ignoring styling or mismatching cabinet paint and wall paint. Some things seem beautiful to begin with, but in the end they can have a big impact in your kitchen.