Insight To Help You Remodel Your Kitchen On A Smaller Budget

After years of living with the same kitchen decor, cabinets, appliances, and other fixtures, it can be nice to update the space with some new additions. Depending on your budget, you may be able to do a large-scale remodel or a budget-friendly mini-remodel. However, when you are on a tight budget, you can still make some changes that give your kitchen a different look. Here are some tips to help you refinish your counters and install a backsplash:

Refinish the Countertop

A new countertop, especially one made of granite or marble, can take quite a bit out of your budget. Instead, use a countertop refinishing kit, which you can find at most home improvement stores, to resurface and give the surface a new look. A countertop refinishing kit comes with all the materials you need to resurface and paint your counter in a faux-finish.

Follow the instructions to ensure your countertop looks great and lasts as long as possible. First, you will need to clean all surfaces of your counter to remove grease, dust, and other build-up. Use a cleaner made of vinegar and water, spray it onto the surface, then wipe it clean with a rag. For thick grease build-up, such as near the stove, you can apply and use a trisodium phosphate cleaner. Be sure to wear gloves when using this type of product.

After you clean the counter, don't touch it again with your skin, as oil can transfer from your skin to the counter and prevent the primer and paint from adhering properly. Use a medium-grit sandpaper to remove the shine from your counter to help the primer adhere better.

Remove any caulk from around the edges of your counter and mask off surrounding surfaces you don't want to be painted in the faux-finish. Follow the kit's instructions in applying the primer and various colors of paint to give the countertop its faux look, allowing each coat to dry between applications. Follow it up with a clear protective finish to prevent surface damage to your new counter surface.

Install a Backsplash

After changing the look of your countertops, installing a backsplash to the counters can further change the look of the room. There are many options you can use to install a backsplash, including laminate or ceramic tile, marble or granite tiles, or a textured look of pebble stones.

Installing a backsplash made of smaller stones, tiles, polished glass, or mosaics is easy, as you can buy panels of the pre-set stones in sheets and attach them to your grouted wall. This helps make the installation faster and eliminates having you to organize the stones into an attractive pattern. Contact a kitchen remodeling service for more information and assistance.