What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home


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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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3 Unique Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget

Few things can make your home feel more dated than kitchen cabinets that are not on trend. If you are hoping to give your kitchen a facelift without spending a lot of money, upgrading your cabinets can be a great place to start.

Here are three affordable upgrade options that will transform your kitchen cabinets from drab to fab without breaking the bank.

1. Add beadboard to your cabinet doors.

If you are striving to create a country or cottage feel in your new kitchen, the addition of beadboard to your cabinet doors can be an affordable option.

All you have to do is invest in some beadboard panels that are cut to match the size of the cutout center section of each of your cabinet doors. Secure the beadboard in place with wood glue, then paint your new doors white and add a rustic glaze to give your cabinets a chic country aesthetic.

2. Create interest by adding tile to your cabinet doors.

If your kitchen needs a little added interest, you can incorporate some sparkle and color by incorporating tile into your cabinet doors. Small tiles that come on a mesh sheet can be purchased from your local home improvement store.

You can use some industrial scissors to cut the mesh sheets to match the size of the cutout center section in your cabinet doors, and then use a tile adhesive to glue the sheets in place. You don't need to use grout, which will add too much weight to the doors anyway. Adding a matching backsplash using the same tile can help you create a modern and cohesive kitchen.

3. Replace sections of your cabinet doors with decorative sheet metal.

Creating a vintage feel inside your kitchen is simple when you opt to replace the cutout center section of your cabinet doors with some decorative sheet metal. Use a scroll saw to carefully cut the center section out of your cabinets, leaving only the outer frame intact.

Purchase some patterned sheet metal from your local home improvement store, and use some tin snips to cut the metal sheet to match the size of your cabinets' frames. Secure the sheet metal to the back of the frames using some small nails, and enjoy the unique and decorative look patterned sheet metal can help create inside your kitchen.

Finding simple ways to upgrade your kitchen cabinets without spending a lot of money is easy when you incorporate beadboard, tile, or decorative sheet metal into the design of your cabinets. For more ideas, work with a remodeling contractor like Olson Cabinets & Woodworking Inc.