Break Out Of The 80's Kitchen!

There are many reasons homeowners renovate their kitchens. Some are looking for a higher return on their investment when they sell, while others are just looking for a new look for their space. If you're trying to sell your house, the condition of a kitchen can have a major influence on a buyer's decision. Another reason for renovation is the pure function of your kitchen space. Whether you have a large family, active social life, small children, or regular social gatherings, you need a practical space to suit your lifestyle.

MY ADVICE IS TO ~ “REPLACE”, NOT “REFINISH” …and here is why… Trending right now is the desire to “DIY” kitchen cupboards by painting over or refinishing the existing doors. This is particularly popular with 80’s OAK CABINETS. I have seen OK results and I have also seen really terrible results! Before you attempt refinishing consider these points:

#1 QUALITY - If they are not high-quality cabinets to begin with, it usually makes sense to replace them. Cabinets built prior to the 1980s were generally built of better materials than cabinets in the 80’s. Back then, 3/4-inch plywood was actually 3/4 inches thick and particle board was used for floor underlayment. Don't spend money to reface products that are truly worn out. I would encourage homeowners to take a careful look at the quality of their existing cabinets before going with refinishing.

#2 LAYOUT DESIGN CHANGES - If a homeowner is looking for major design or layout changes, those can be better achieved by starting over. Knocking out wall, creating an island feature, building a pantry etc. Customizing your cabinets for a fully functioning kitchen whether you live in it after or are selling is an endless creative option! Just dream of your perfect kitchen…the possibilities are endless! #3 BUDGET – This is probably the biggest factor in the “DIY” refinishing trend. While it’s true that the initial investment in paint as a cheap alternative to replacing the cupboards, the longevity of the surface product is just not there.

ALTERNITAVELY, Vivid Interior Designs gives you VIP ACCESS as an active client to FULL CUSTOM KITCHENS at a discount of at LEAST 30-50% of the large retailers locally and online at no additional “membership fee”. We work within your budget to design you DREAM KITCHEN! VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE CALL (306)241-7699