The Sunday mail
Over the past few years I’ve been slowly renovating my small kitchen.
I really enjoy doing do-it-yourself (home improvement) renovations, and my kitchen was in dire need of the update. The room felt very dated and dysfunctional.
These updates range from small, quick fixes to much more involved projects. Here are a few:
These are pretty easy to install – you just screw them in. The hard part is making sure they are centered and level with each other. When measuring, you need to consider the size and shape of your handles. Cabinet handles usually come with one or two screws. One-screw handles are pretty simple – just mark where you want them and drill. However, if you are installing handles with two screws, I recommend making a template on a piece of paper that will measure the difference between the holes. I used tape to make sure the paper wouldn’t shift.
I really didn’t like the appearance of the existing equipment and I wanted the space to look and feel modern. Not to mention, all of the old equipment came with the property when it was purchased and was likely bought second hand.
They were on their last legs, so I decided to invest in new equipment to make sure I had reliable equipment. I bought all of my new appliances – a microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerator – that included professional installation so I didn’t have to install anything other than the microwave. If you get a microwave over the area, be sure to ask someone for help!
If you are unfamiliar with plumbing work, I would recommend hiring a professional. If not, you always need to make sure to turn off your main water main before starting or you will get drenched. Installing the sink itself was pretty straightforward using a top-mounted configuration. I say it took some trial and error to set up all of the plumbing to make sure everything was connected and neatly positioned under the sink.
Laying floors can feel like a daunting task and takes some time, but overall it’s not overly complicated. It all boils down to measuring (and measuring again), cutting, and locking each piece. I used three different chainsaws to complete this project – a miter saw, a jigsaw, and a table saw. Since I’m someone who really likes DIY projects, I decided to invest and buy my own saws as I can use them on multiple projects.
I painted over my light brown walls with a light light blue to add some brightness and color to the kitchen and make everything look a little less brown (I had brown floors, brown walls, and a brown backsplash with white cabinets). If you are new to painting walls I would only recommend that you take your time and try to cover whatever you can with tarpaulin or old sheets or blankets to keep your furniture or appliances from accidentally dripping protect. Use a flat, wide brush to create a border around your room in more detailed areas, such as the bathroom. B. in the vicinity of cupboards and upstands, the ceiling, molded parts, etc.
Then use a roller to fill in the larger areas. Overall, I feel that these updates make my kitchen both visually appealing and functional. The light blue color really opens up the space and adds a pop of color, the space that is definitely needed. I’m happy with what I’ve completed so far and look forward to taking on more projects in the future. – fresh.