“When we moved into this house almost two years ago, the one thing I really didn’t like (at all) was the kitchen. It’s not set up logically, the cabinet style does not at all go with the house, and it’s very small,” she writes of her ‘before.’
She goes on to describe how easy the project was and concludes, “Would I do this again? In a heartbeat! I still don’t love the kitchen, but it’s SO much better than it was.”
Amy of the Barefooted Designer used our Fasade backsplash tiles in Hammered in Galvanized Steel. These vinyl panels are easily applied with double-sided tape or construction adhesive, whichever you prefer. She then took it a step further by painting them with a metallic paint she likes.
“One of my favorite things is that even though these tiles look convincingly like metal, you can easily pop a nail through it and hang your art or favorite find onto it. Just try doing that on your tile backsplash,” she writes in her post.
We’re impressed with the projects our customers undertake and their finished products. It really is amazing how much an impact a new backsplash can make in just a short amount of time and with only a little elbow grease. They are beautiful!
Does your refrigerator work fine but look dated? Can’t afford to replace it right now? You’re not alone.
Recently a customer submitted before and after photos of her refrigerator, upgraded with Fasade panels. Wondering if there was more of this type of thing out there, I hopped on Pinterest, where my suspicions were confirmed. There are a slew of boards where people share their ideas to give their refrigerators budget-friendly makeovers and many of them are very creative and fun. Who knew? If you want to give your refrigerator new life, but don’t want to spend a lot of money doing it, there are a few methods to choose from. Check out these refrigerator makeover ideas for less:
Available in brush- or spray-on varieties, specialty appliance paints are designed to cover plastic or metal. Some are also heat resistant, which you need to use for ovens or range hoods. You can choose from matte or glossy finishes, or even chalkboard for a really unique look.
Peel and Stick Paper
Inexpensive and available at most home improvement stores, peel and stick paper comes in a variety of colors and designs. Julie used a stainless steel contact paper and wrote about the process here.
If you want something a little more durable than paper, look into magnetic covers. Fridge Fronts is an online store that offers dozens of designs and styles for any type of refrigerator format, whether you have a top-mount freezer, French style or side-by-side doors. They’re also available for dishwashers.
Of course, Fasade faux tin panels are another great option. Available in traditional, modern and industrial styles and dozens of colors, they’re available in more than 250 configurations. Whether you use them as backsplash, on the ceiling or on your refrigerator, Fasade panels offer the industrious DIYer a fun project that easily updates the look of your kitchen without costing an arm and a leg.
What do you think of these refrigerator makeover ideas for less? Let us know in the comments!
If your kitchen design ideas are plentiful, but your budget isn’t, don’t despair. You can get the look you want without spending a fortune. All it takes is a little elbow grease and creativity.
Consider these 5 ideas:
Do it yourself. When tackling a remodeling project, do as much of the work yourself to save money on contractors. If you’ve never done any kind of demolition work yourself, get some advice from a handy friend or family member. Instead of hiring a general contractor to oversee the job, bring in a consultant for a one-time fee to advise on issues of structural integrity. Tackle smaller, cosmetic jobs like installing a backsplash or switching out hardware.
Save on cabinets. One of the biggest expenses in remodeling a kitchen is cabinetry, which is about 40 percent of your project budget or more. To save money, choose to only replace or refurbish your lowers and switch the uppers to open shelving. Two other options are professional refacing or trying a do-it-yourself coating system.
Reduce, reuse and recycle. You can save a ton of money by using recycled materials. Check out thrift sales, building supply center clearance sales or outlets, and salvaged materials from places like Habitat ReStore. If you’re not doing the work yourself, check with your contractor to make sure he is OK with using recycled materials. Other great places to check for cheaper materials are Craigslist and Freecycle.
Keep your existing footprint. Knocking out walls, moving plumbing or electrical, or putting on an addition all increase the cost of your remodel. If you stay within your same basic footprint, however, you can avoid some of those costs. If you don’t like how your kitchen is laid out, be creative with the space you have.
Use stock materials. Anytime you deviate from standard measurements, costs increase. If you like the look of custom, buy stock cabinetry and then embellish with details if desired. Trim and crown molding go a long way in taking a plain cupboard to something really unique and interesting looking.
Have any unique kitchen design ideas for less of your own? Be sure to share them in the comments section!