If the idea of costly renovation is keeping you from updating your kitchen or bath, it’s time to explore a simple alternative: the facelift! Contrary to its meaning in the medical sense, this home improvement “procedure” can be a quick and inexpensive way to give your busiest spaces a whole new look.
The Fixture Fix
When it comes to general aesthetic, details matter more than you may realize. Fixtures represent a dramatic piece of your kitchen or bath’s overall style, and switching them out may be all it takes to create the change you seek.
As you assess these high-traffic, multi-use rooms, consider these key areas:
You use your faucet so often you may scarcely notice how it looks—but a new one can instantly catapult a kitchen or bath into current times. If you’ve never shopped faucets or haven’t for several years, take a look at what’s available today. Styles and features have evolved significantly, with multiple options for finish, form and function. Take that standard, utilitarian set selected by a builder long-ago and trade it for something you’ll love to look at every day.
Drawers and doors
A typical kitchen centers on its cabinets and drawers, and every one of them bears an opportunity for accent enhancement. There are virtually limitless possibilities here, including hardware type (handle or knob), finish (stainless steel, nickel, chrome, brass and more), style (modern, antique, classic). You might even choose to mix and match—finding the perfect drawer handles to match your chosen cabinet knobs can be a fun kind of quest. Further, you may be surprised at the affordability of the products, and the DIY-friendliness of the project itself.
If your cabinets have grown tiresome but are still in decent shape, there’s no need to tear down and replace entire units. Instead, make your facelift more of a total makeover. For example, think about:
A New Color or Finish
Even decades-old cabinets, drawers and vanities can be made new again. Find inspiration—online, from other homes or right here in our store—and we can help you make it happen. With the right tools, techniques, paint and stain products, oak can become cherry, brown can become blue, traditional can become beautifully antique-chic. And the best part about “refacement” vs. replacement? You can always do it all again. There’s much less “forever” pressure when you go the facelift route.
Molding and More
Beyond fixtures, finish and even transparent new doors, there’s more you can do to enhance your kitchen design. Add molding along the top of your cabinet units for a unique, eye-catching feature. Got a lovely set of wine glasses, porcelain or pottery? Let it show! Replacing the center panel of a cabinet door (or several) with glass is a popular option today. You may need to consult a pro for best results, but the stunning new style will be worth it.
Kitchen and bath design is one of the things we do best, so you can take it from us: working with what you’ve got is often the way to go. Contact us or stop by today to get started on a look you’ll love.