How to Give your Old Kitchen a New Look on a Budget

Kitchen remodeling is perhaps one of the most rewarding remodeling decisions you can make, especially if you’ve just purchased your home recently and your kitchen looks like it is still 1950s! 🙂 Or perhaps, it has been ages since a last major remodel in your kitchen. In this guide we will explore some creative kitchen remodel ideas you can do yourself on a budget or with the help a handy home improvement friend.

Walls and Ceilings

Simply repainting your old walls and ceilings can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen. I recommend that you hire a professional interior painter to apply new paint to the walls and ceiling in your kitchen. This can be done even if you have wall tiles installed in your kitchen. A professional interior painter will know the right type of primer and paint that will adhere to your tiles. You may also consider refinishing your old windows and door trim in your kitchen to give it a nice face lift and a feeling that your kitchen is brand new again.

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Professionally repainting your kitchen walls, ceiling, and trim, will probably cost you around $1,500.00, which is a great deal when it is done professionally. You can really have your kitchen transformed and renewed by doing just this one simple step! 🙂 If you are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, then go ahead and paint those old kitchen walls by yourself or with a friend. You will be able to save some money, and with proper organization, you should finish this project in a day,

Floors – Resurface or Replace?

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Brand new floors including linoleum, porcelain tiles, or commercial grade flooring laminate tiles can be installed, if the old kitchen floors are no longer in an acceptable condition.

If the old kitchen floors are still in a somewhat decent shape, then you can simply give your old floors a face lift by deep cleaning them first, and giving them a high shine, after.

Replacing Old Appliances and Installing a Range Hood

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Another important aspect of remodeling your kitchen is replacing the old appliances, with newer, more energy efficient, and more suitable ones. You will want to consider your overall kitchen design and performance of new kitchen appliances when shopping for the right stove, dishwasher, etc.

You can find a wide array of energy efficient appliances at Lowe’s, Home Depot or your local home improvement store. If you are doing a high-end remodel in your kitchen, then it is recommended that you install a suitable kitchen hood over your new cooking range.

If there is currently no range hood installed in your kitchen, then it may be necessary for you to hire a specialist to properly mount and install your new kitchen range hood including taking care of any necessary duct work for venting out the kitchen vapors collected by the range hood.

Resurfacing Old Cabinets

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New kitchen cabinets can be very costly and can easily run several thousand dollars. You can definitely go for it “all the way” If money is not an issue. however, if you are working within a tight budget, then you can save a few grands by resurfacing your existing kitchen cabinets.

Take a trip to the local Lowe’s or Home Depot and look for Rust-Oleum’s cabinet and countertop restoration kit. I have personally used this product in my own kitchen renovation project, and I must say that I was really quite impressed with the quality of the finished product. I was able to give my old kitchen cabinets a new look for under a hundred dollars.

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Top 50 Bathroom Design Ideas & Costs: Smart Bathroom Designs

When focusing on your home’s interior design, bathrooms are often overlooked and neglected spaces. Reclaiming your lavatory as a stylish space that fits well with the rest of the house not only increases the value and enjoyment of your home, but it can also turn a functional space into your personal sanctuary.

Read on to learn how to spice up your bathroom space for functional, visual, and sensual enjoyment!

To help you navigate this list, it’s broken into the following categories:

Style
Features
Elements
Colors
Lighting
Tiles

Style:

1. Asian-Inspired

Asian designs are minimalist and serene. Open layouts and flowing design incorporate natural elements such as wood and bamboo, stone, natural light, accented with oriental indoor décor.

Japanese bath house inspired bathroom via Right Arm Construction

The above project makes a normal-sized bathroom seem very spacious and lush. It incorporates a skylight to create a sense of natural light shining onto the waterfall that is your bathroom. With the skylight already in place, it’s all about wrapping bathroom walls and the tub with natural wood. It’s a simple design, but it’s not trivial and requires masterful work to complete. Estimated cost of this minimalist bathroom design and remodel is $20,000 to $30,000.

With Asian-inspired bathrooms, minimalist design doesn’t mean small. The project below is a great example of a spacious, oriental style bathroom where walls become curved, showers transform into waterfalls, and stone motifs make you feel as though you’re in a garden.

via Steuart Gray

Steuart Gray: This projected consisted of redesigning a small bedroom next to a master bedroom into a master bedroom bath and connecting to the master bedroom, creating a large master bedroom suite.

This is a major remodeling project with an estimated cost of $75,000 to $125,000.

2. Spa-Inspired

Spa-inspired bathrooms bring the feel of being on vacation to your home. The design is modern, yet tranquil and luxurious. It turns the bathroom into a place of escape and rejuvenation.

via The Schimberg Group

The above project features His-and-her vanities resting opposite of each each other in this luxurious master bath with a spacious walk-in shower and freestanding soaking tub that overlook the ocean. An adjoining makeup vanity and cushioned seating area add to the elegant design.

The cost of this entire project is not for the faint of heart, and is estimated at between $100,000 to $200,000, depending on the initial setup and the amount of work required. But the concept can be replicated for significantly less money. The central element of this design is the freestanding soaking tub overlooking the ocean, something that can be realized for a lot less.

3. French Country Style Luxury

French designs are luxurious with modern elements. This style often incorporates modern comforts and richness coupled with marble, wood vanities, and crystal chandeliers. Think glamorous dressing areas and beautiful, stylish, and curvy free standing bath tub, often placed within an open layout.

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Features:

4. Open Space

Credits: Willman Interiors

Regardless of the style, open space is the key feature of modern bathrooms.

5. Large Showers

Large, open-framed showers with waterfall or multi-showerheads are another key element of modern design.

6. Large Free-standing Tubs

Built-in tubs with jets are being replaced with large, free standing tubs such as a hammock-shaped, bowl-shaped, vessel-shaped, or Japanese soaking tubs. Image Credit: Splinter Works

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How to Mix Concrete – Step by Step DIY Guide

There are many great projects a DIY person can do without the assistance of professionals. Some examples include the following:


* Making your own decorative concrete patio
* Pouring supports for fencing
* Pouring steps
* pouring small slabs for sheds
* Making your own decorative pathway stones
* Pouring a small sidewalk
* Making cement ponds
* Pouring your own support columns for a porch

concrete-patio Image credits: Concrete Network

The list can go on and on. You are only limited by the scope of your imagination. Keep in mind that concrete can also be colored, so decorative work can be done even from a plain concrete.

Origins of Concrete

Dating back to the time of Ancient Egyptians, cement (one of the parts comprising concrete) was used in structural formation and as a binder for stone. The Egyptians used a limestone cement and it worked well, but it took weeks to cure properly.

Although concrete has been in existence for a long time, its widespread usage did not really gain popularity until the time of the Roman Empire. The Romans created a blend of cement that rivals what we use today. If you look at the ancient buildings structures, many are still preserved in a wonderful shape, which is more than 2000 years after their construction.

The aqueducts, the Parthenon, and many other ancient buildings were made in whole or in part with the use concrete. Unfortunately, shortly after the fall of the Roman Empire, the formula for cement was lost, and was not until 1824, when Joseph Aspdin created what is now known as Portland cement. Today, concrete is used more than any other man-made building material in the world.

Concrete Mixing Tips and Good to Know Facts:

Concrete is not flexible, therefore it has zero tensile strength. When it comes to impact or load weight, concrete is very strong. In order to strengthen concrete, a material known as a re-bar can be used. Re-bar can be made of steel rods, or a steel mesh, which when properly set in concrete, gives it a much added strength to a project such as a sidewalk, pouring of a concrete slab, or a support column.

Concrete is a somewhat porous material, so it is recommended to apply a concrete sealer after a full cure (about 3 days) for a longer project lifespan. When pouring a sidewalk, or slab, it is important to cut in expansion joints. This gives room for the concrete to expand and shrink without cracking. Expansion joints can be added once the material is slightly firm. You can use a thin straight edged piece of metal, or wait until the cure, and then use a tile saw.

Preparing a strong foundation for a concrete pour:

When laying a slab, sidewalk, or a concrete step, make sure you prepare the location in order to provide a firm foundation for the concrete. Dig down about 6 inches deep, and lay a layer of about 2-3 inches of crushed stone in the bed. Then pack it down as firmly as possible. You can tamp it, or rent a roller to assist you in this process, or if you have enough room, you can actually drive your car’s tires over it.

Concrete Mixing and Pouring Project – Proper Planning and Preparation Tips:

The bigger the project, the more help you should have. You cannot delay the curing process of the concrete, so once it sets, you are all done. A good rule of thumb is to have one extra person for every five bags of concrete you plan to mix.

To give you an idea of how far an 80 pound bag of concrete would go, a one yard of concrete is approximately 48 bags of cement. This can provide enough concrete mixture to cover a sidewalk that is 21 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 4 inches deep.

Concrete Mixture Area Coverage and Prices:

As you can see, 1 bag does not go very far, and it is a lot of hard work mixing that much. Many concrete companies require a 2 yard minimum for delivery, and concrete mixture prices will range based on your location, but a ballpark price is $400.00 for 2 yards of concrete delivered.

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