Kitchen Remodels for the Handyman- 4 Ideas

Kitchen Remodels for the Handyman- 4 Ideas


The kitchen is often the main focal point of a home. If your kitchen is outdated, you might be thinking of a kitchen remodel. There is no need to hire an expensive professional. With a little time and patience, you can do your kitchen remodel yourself. If you are handy, you can actually remodel your kitchen and save a lot of money in the meantime.


Here are some tips and ideas for your do-it-yourself kitchen remodel:


  1. Update Instead of Demolish


Instead of ripping out all of your cupboards and cabinets, consider updating the existing cabinets. Sand them down and stain or paint them and replace the hardware to give your cabinets a fresh and updated look. You might be surprised how much difference a fresh coat of paint or even a good cleaning can make.


  1. Salvage


To save money and stay environmentally friendly, consider getting your cabinets and building materials second hand. You could salvage some of the materials from a building that is abandoned or being torn down, from a business or apartment complex that is closing or renovating, or from a house salvage company.


To get that industrial look that is so popular, you could find a stainless steel island from a restaurant that is closing down, or you can use salvaged wood to build your own kitchen island.


The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a great place to find used or unfinished furniture and building materials. Clean up, paint, and update these pieces as needed for beautiful additions to your space.



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  1. Space Savers


If you are remodeling your kitchen, there is no better time to add some great space-saving additions. Here are a few ideas:


* A pot rack can be hung from the ceiling to provide an extra space to hang pots and pans, utensils, etc.


* Build shelves into the sides of cabinets for extra space to keep spices, jars, or food wraps.


* Mount spice racks on the wall near your stove to free up cabinet space. Or make use of small extra space in cabinets to install a vertical pull-out drawer specifically for spices.


* Install taller cabinets to make use of more space in your kitchen. Keep items that you don’t use every day higher up to get them out of your way.


If you are updating appliances as well, invest in an overhead microwave. The amount of counter space you save will be worth it.


  1. Countertops


Aside from appliances, the countertops are usually the biggest and most noticeable project for a kitchen remodel. Countertops can also be one of the more expensive upgrades. Consider countertops made of recycled materials or concrete. Or, instead of replacing the countertops entirely, look into countertop epoxy that can be poured over your existing countertops to give them a brand-new look. When dealing with heavy countertops as those made with granite, marble, slate, concrete, or recycled glass, you need to be concerned about support, especially if there is going to be an overhang at the end of a counter or a kitchen island. To properly support the overhang, you need a special bracket. These are made by several manufacturers such as Ego Bike, Ekena, Ecotrie, 7 Blacksmith, Centerline, Original Granite Bracket, Kitchensource, Hyperdraum and Tech Team however the ones we liked the best are made by Tech Team. Their model 732 and model 781 (link) are different from the other manufacturers in that they are a full 8” x 8” as opposed to 6” x 8”, therefore giving you additional support and they are a full 12mm/ ½” thick as opposed to 10mm/ 3/8” from all the other manufacturers. They are truly the best ones you can buy for this type of project.


A do-it-yourself kitchen remodel is certainly a project that should not be underestimated but is definitely an obtainable goal. Of course, with any do-it-yourself project, make sure that you are being as safe as possible and call a professional if you have any trouble or questions.