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  • May 06 / 2013
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Home Improvement, Smith Home Security Blog

Chop, Change And Taste: Gourmet Kitchens On A Budget

One of the most important rooms in any house is the kitchen; this is where families congregate and delicious dishes are cooked. You do not have to be an expert in design or a style extraordinaire to make your kitchen feel special.

Look At Me!

If you are working on a tight budget, there is no need to worry. You do not have to get in those who are experts in designing and building kitchens to make a difference. A few obvious but handy tips and tricks can get you on the way to completely transforming your space. Firstly, think about re-painting.  It may not seem like an impressive option, but choosing a fresh colour scheme instantly updates the room and makes it feel new. If you are working with a smaller space than you would like, opt for neutral colours. This helps to make the kitchen feel bigger and brighter than it is, providing an optical illusion. If you do not want to paint all the walls, then why not have a try at creating one feature wall? Select a vivid colour that requires a bit of daring or a strong wallpaper pattern and go for it. Creating a focal point like this detracts attention from the areas of the kitchen you would rather guests did not notice! It is not just the walls that may need attention, but the units too.  If you cannot afford a complete overhaul, then try replacing the handles or doors. Changing the design in such a manner instantly updates the room, without all the added expense!

From Plant to Plate

If a fresh lick of paint does not quite do the trick, then move onto accessories. Treating yourself to some contemporary kitchen furniture or blinds allows you to experiment with fabrics and colours, giving the space a personality without spending a lot of money. One tip is to splurge on appliances.  Purchasing a kettle, teapot or a selection of jars in a bright colour has more impact on the room than you may have first thought. In fact, all kitchens will look a whole lot better with a few tweaks.  If you consider yourself to have green fingers, why not try your hand at cultivating your very own herb garden? Herbs can be grown on a windowsill and they may just come in handy when cooking up a meal. To get started, simply fill a plant pot or tray with soil and plant a selection of seeds, before placing the pot on a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight. Ensure that the herbs get the light, water and nourishment they need and it will not be long before they are making their way onto your plate!

Treading the Boards

Yet, there are also slightly more expensive options to consider when it comes to transforming a kitchen. Replacing kitchen flooring may be a bit pricey, but it is likely to last for years once installed. There are many options, from vinyl, to slate and ceramic tiles, which means there is likely to be one that fits within your price range. Additionally, you might want to consider replacing the lights in the room. With so many options to choose from, this is one way to influence how the room feels. Purchasing a mixture of task lighting for when you are cooking is a must, so that work surfaces are lit up properly. Try supplementing this with lower hanging lights over the table and strategically place lamps next to particularly interesting objects or even that newly painted focal wall. When you are finished, you may not recognise the place!

  • Feb 26 / 2013
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Smith Home Security Blog

How To Make Your Old Cabinets Brand New


Are you sick and tired of those cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom? Did the previous owners of your home have terrible taste in cabinetry? You can change the look of a room dramatically by simply refinishing your cabinets. It’s simple to avoid spending tons of money and making this a DIY project and sharing it with your friends and family.

For this project you need couple of clean rags, plenty of 220-grit sandpaper, sealer primer of your choice, paint brush and a paint roller, polyurethane, and your selected paint or stain.

You’ll want to choose a paint color or stain you really love, so take some time to think it over. Take a visit to your local hardware store to grab the remaining supplies you need. Hardware stores will have paint professionals that can offer your some helpful suggestions for your DIY project.

Make sure to purchase gloves and a safety mask during this project, so you don’t inhale any dust or paint fumes. Take proper safety precautions if any fumes get to your or if children are around.


It’s time to clean! Make sure your rags are clean and wash each cabinet down with warm water. After a good scrub down, you may find that a deep cleaning is all your cabinets needed. In that case, finish cleaning them, make the appropriate touch ups, and move on. However, if you want to continue keep on reading!


As soon as the cabinets are dry, rub them down with your 220-grit sandpaper. Really rough them up. Make sure you have more sandpaper, because you’re going to need plenty of it for this project.


With your sealer primer, paint the surface and wait for it to dry. This would be a great time for a nap.


Now it’s time to buff your newly primed surface with sandpaper again. Wipe away the dust with a dry rag. This is a laborious task, but the effort you’re putting it will pay off greatly.


Now it’s time to paint. Tape off any sections you see fit for other colors. Use a paint roller or paintbrush and apply paint evenly. Don’t worry if you find you need multiple coats to get a perfectly even color, that’s expected! Just make sure you allow each coat to dry before moving on to the next, and remember to buff the cabinets down with your 220-grit sandpaper between coats.


When that last coat is dry, apply at least two coats of polyurethane. Buffer it with your sandpaper between coats. You’re finally done with the sand paper after this! Don’t forget to wipe away your dust after each and every coat.


After you’re done with the cabinets, consider replacing the knobs and hardware on the doors and drawers. Freshen up the rest of your bathroom by purchasing a new shower curtain and towels to match your new cabinet. Adding some little touches like candles and picture frames will liven up your space.

About the Author: Dwayne Smith writes for Granite Transformations, a company that manufactures bath and kitchen cabinets. If you are looking to make a new home more your own, a cabinet refacing can be a quick and easy solution.

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