Tips for Upgrading Your Cabinets Before the Holiday Season

There is not much time left before the winter holidays, so a major kitchen overhaul that requires breaking walls and the floor, relocating power outlets and faucets might not be a good idea, but a little can go a long way in kitchen remodeling, so here are a few small things that make a huge difference in the kitchen:

  • Don’t remove the box – most kitchen cabinets are worn from the outside, but the box is still solid and unharmed. Check the cabinet doors and the hinges and see whether they can still be used. If they do, all you need is a little facelift from the outside;
  • Refresh the exterior side of your cabinet doors – there are lots of great, DIY options to do this. You can remove the paint with some sandpaper, then repaint the doors to the color that you want or you can use wallpaper. Pay attention to the knobs and handles as well – there are lots of great, low-cost cabinet hardware solutions available in furniture stores as well online;
  • Consider open shelving – replacing some of cabinets with open shelves is not too much work, but it makes a dramatic difference, opening your space, making it more attractive and improving its usability.
  • Check out discounted cabinetry and countertops options at Buy and Build.

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How Long Do Kitchen Remodels Take?

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A complete kitchen remodel can take quite a few weeks, especially if you want to use custom-made components, such as custom cabinets that can take quite a while to craft. And you need to make sure that your kitchen design building supplies Denver retailer has everything you need in stock when you need it. Here is a quick outline of how long the most important phases take:

  • Removal of the furniture and other items in the existing kitchen – depending on the size of your kitchen and on how crammed with things it is, this phase can take about two days;
  • Marking the new locations for the electric fixtures – most kitchen remodelling projects involve relocating or adding electrical outlets and light fixtures as well. It can take about two days to determine the new locations and to make accurate measurements to ensure the safety of the new lighting system;
  • Mechanical installation – the installation of the new extractor fan, HVAC equipment, plumbing and electrical outlets can take around a week;
  • The installation of insulation, drywalls and flooring – allow a couple of days for each step in this phase. The phase ends with the painting of the walls, which usually adds a couple of days;
  • Cabinet and countertop installation – depending on how many cabinets you have and on whether you want wall-mounted units as well, the process can take up to a week;
  • Final touches and cleaning – the installation of the last switches, of the plumbing fixtures, the backsplash and other small, but important components can also take a couple of days, while the cleaning will probably take up an entire day.