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First Time Remodeling Your Kitchen? Follow These Simple Steps to Avoid Frustration

Remodeling the kitchen is often seen as an impossible task but it is actually quite easier than you think. Here are a few simple fixes that can totally transform your kitchen and make it appear brand new without having to spending too much money or time.

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First things first, plan your budget. It is essential that you plan your purchases wisely. When renovating your kitchen, it is very important to decide what item/items you want to fix; as some items when removed- even the smallest- could cause the butterfly effect.

The butterfly effect means that removing even the simplest thing could lead to you thinking that something else needs to be replaced as well. Eventually this can create a ripple and send you into a swirling vortex of doom as you try to wade through the variety of kitchen appliances.

Therefore, we suggest carefully selecting the things that require the most immediate attention and leaving things that aren’t urgent for a later date. This will help to save you a large amount of money in the long run.


Yes, we just said to watch your budget, now we’re telling you to splurge. But we want you to splurge wisely! Select one or two kitchen appliances or favored areas to splurge on. Selecting one or two splurge items for your kitchen helps a lot when sticking to your budget. However, before purchasing said splurge items, ensure that they will fit with the designated area. Also, it is recommended that this item be one that is easy to remove and requires little work such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, or stove.

Knobs and Pulls

Next, don’t overlook knobs and pull handles. Handles and knobs may seem like a minor element of your kitchen, however, they do play a major role. Select sturdy knobs and handles as these will provide longevity. Also, believe it or not, something as simple as a different knob on drawers and cabinets can help to make your kitchen look brand new.

Reuse and Recycle

Refresh your fittings, lighting, and other items that may still be in good repair. This can be costly, but instead of replacing old products with new ones, it would be easier to just upgrade or replace the broken parts. For example: replacing damaged shelves in your cabinets, replacing burners while keeping the old range, or even adding gliders to drawers and cabinets.

Luxury Kitchen Items

Layering in luxury can mean placing plain glass in a cabinet or pantry door to show the display worthy dishes and plastic ware. You can use stained glass or glass with a design etched into it to hide away less attractive items.

Other tips for renovating your kitchen include:

  • Create your own craft items.
  • Add more lighting.

Create an Amazing Backsplash

Lastly, it is all about the backsplash. You might decide change your kitchen’s style every few years to keep up with trends. Installing a new backsplash is relatively easy and makes a world of difference in the appearance of the kitchen.

The tips offered above will get you started on the right foot. Give us a call at Barts Remodeling for kitchen remodeling in Chicago or the surrounding area. We’re available at 312-714-5454 or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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